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Syria pivot? Why anti-Assad rebels, dropped by CIA, could land with jihadists.

Suspension of a CIA program that armed and trained the rebels leaves them with few options. Some may join the US-backed anti-ISIS campaign, but others may join jihadists to pursue their campaign against Assad. Some already have.

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Madagascar fights the subtler side of hunger: chronic malnutrition

Droughts and famines tend to afflict countries in cyclical fashion. But where chronic malnutrition is endemic, such as in Madagascar, they strike harder. Health education is a start, aid groups say – but adjusting priorities is important, too. Part 3 of our series on famine resilience.

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Madagascar skirted famine – barely. Now, it's boosting resilience before drought returns.

Where persistent drought is the new normal, communities will have to adapt – a challenge across eastern Africa. But Madagascar’s success, and the lessons that it learned from its brush with disaster, point to how crises might be averted elsewhere. Part 2 of our series on famine resilience.

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South Korea strives for more labor-friendly growth and financial equality

President Moon aims for a 'complete paradigm shift' calling for more transparency, support for small businesses, and broader social safety nets for the unemployed.

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In drought stricken Kenya, Nairobi residents recycle polluted dam water

In an effort to preserve drinking water, residents of Kibera, Nairobi's largest slum, have started to clean up the polluted city dam to prepare its water for industrial uses.

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President Erdogan says 'era of a submissive Turkey' is over

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan prepares for a meeting with top European Union officials in the midst of an intensifying diplomatic row with Germany. 

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In a conciliatory move, Israeli officials take down metal detectors from shared shrine

Although the tensions are not yet resolved, the compromise reveals a prevailing interest between Jews and Muslims to protect their diplomatic ties in Jerusalem.

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BBC women journalists want wage reform now – not in 2020

Several prominent women TV journalists wrote an open letter to the BBC's top manager demanding that the gender pay gap reform must be enacted immediately after it came to light that the network's highest-paid woman earns less than a quarter of the highest-earning male star.

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In Ethiopia, model drought defenses are put to the test

The country's booming capital, Addis Ababa, sits in stark contrast to rural areas struggling against two severe droughts in three years. But innovative aid has helped farming communities manage the crisis. Part 1 of our series on famine resilience.

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How do refugee students make the jump to Germany's universities?

Many of the asylum seekers in Germany are university students looking to continue their studies. Various organizations are trying to help them navigate the country's particular challenges, including a big one: German.

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Divided Britain agrees, a bumpy Brexit ride for both sides ahead

The divorce from Europe has slowed to a crawl as the British government works to sort out its disagreements over complex goals.

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Violence at Israel's Jordan embassy escalates crisis over Jerusalem shrine

Jordan is the Muslim custodian of the shrine where Israeli authorities installed controversial metal detectors last week after Arab gunman killed two Israeli policemen near the shared holy site.

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A disrupter at UN: Can new chief shake up bureaucracy to speed progress?

Secretary-General António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, says the world has made progress – on hunger, poverty, education – but he's impatient for more. His approach: We can do better.

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Why is North Korea giving its neighbor the silent treatment?

South Korea initiated rare face-to-face talks with the North with no response so far. What the cold shoulder from the hermit kingdom might mean.

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She arrived in Senegal 43 years ago – and is still there working on social issues

Molly Melching founded the nonprofit Tostan, which operates in a number of African countries. It’s known globally for alleviating poverty, as well as for helping to reduce child marriage and female genital cutting in Senegal.

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How Western spyware is being used to shut down Arab rights activists

Since the Arab Spring seven years ago, autocratic regimes have spent millions on Western firms' technology to steal activists' contacts, listen in on their conversations, and more.

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Growing cities take proactive stance against diverse threats, building resilience

Swelling cities are strategizing, innovating, and proactively investing in ways to nimbly operate in the face of growing threats such as climate change, transportation, and housing. 

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German citizens warned about travel to Turkey following ‘absurd’ arrests

Six human rights activists were arrested in Turkey as part of President Erdogan’s widespread terrorism crackdown, leading Germany to issue travel warnings against the nation. 

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Heightened security measures fuel tensions at shared Jerusalem holy site

In the wake of last week's shooting, the site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, was closed for two days, marking its third closure since the 1967 Mideast war.

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Saudi woman arrested for immodesty after social media condemnation

Angry tweets blaming a Saudi woman for her immodest dress preceded her arrest, highlighting extensive conservative views in the kingdom and leading some to fear social media as a vehicle for incrimination.

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