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Germans to hold 'kippa marches' in support of the Jewish community

An Israeli Arab, who wore a kippa in Berlin as an experiment, was attacked and harassed. The incident came after reports of Jewish children being bullied in schools led the head of the Central Council of Jews to advise people not wear kippas in big cities. 

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As water scarcity worsens, 'Day Zero' becomes commonplace in India

A fast-growing population, rising demand for water, and poor management of resources has led to water scarcity in India where more than 1 in 10 people lack access to clean water near their home, according to a WaterAid report.

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As economic crisis worsens, schools empty in Venezuela

Nearly 3 million children are missing classes in Venezuela as a result of the deepening economic crisis. Along with hospitals and other flagship welfare projects, the education sector is in crisis and experts fear a stunted generation.

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Will Russia's involvement in Syria end up burning its ties with Israel?

Israel has maintained a good relationship with the Kremlin amid Russia's tensions with the West. But as the Assad regime's victories bring Iran closer to the Israeli border, Russia is finding it harder to balance its needs in Syria with its Israeli ties.

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Syrian refugees share traditional Arab dance with Berliners

In addition to formal integration efforts, dozens of informal cultural projects, run by migrants wanting to share their culture and Germans attempting to break down barriers, have sprouted up around Germany.

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Crowdfunding helps Britain's homeless transition to stable housing and work

Beam, a social enterprise born in 2017, is helping England's homeless transition from temporary accommodation into permanent accommodation. So far, Beam has helped 27 people, with two having found employment and many others in training. 

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Ethiopian mega-dam causes stir in Egypt-Ethiopia relations

The filling of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam using water from the Nile River threatens Egypt's agriculture industry even as it promises to boost Ethiopia's hydropower industry. The dam calls into question who has the right to the waters of the Nile.

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For South Africa's students, college means promise – if they can get there

College access has grown dramatically since the end of apartheid, particularly for black students. But so has awareness of the challenges they face trying to graduate. And for many, like star student Naledi and her family, that struggle starts before they step on campus.

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Britain's DACA? Children of invited laborers caught in 'Windrush' controversy

They didn't need passports to accompany their laborer parents into Britain from the far corners of the Commonwealth. Now, some 50,000 offspring of the 'Windrush generation' appear caught in a press amid immigration scrutiny. 

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Report highlights barriers for working women in China

Chinese companies regularly advertise for job openings using gender stereotypes, according to a recent report from Human Rights Watch. To promote gender equality, experts say, the government needs to do more to enforce anti-discrimination laws. 

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How Egypt’s stubborn poverty threatens strongman Sisi’s grip

The majority of Egyptians have agreed to 'tighten their belts' to give Sisi time for his painful, IMF-mandated economic reforms. But without a turnaround, their patience could soon run out. There are already signs of voter apathy.

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After sex-abuse scandal, protesters demand change on Nobel literature prize board

Sara Danius was the first woman to lead the secretive board that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her removal from the academy, amid criticism from male members for her handling of the scandal, has sparked protests across Sweden. 

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What's in a name? Why a Castro-less Cuba may not mean a changed one.

Former President Raúl Castro, brother of revolutionary leader Fidel, handed over the presidency Thursday to Miguel Díaz-Canel. His first task will be getting the economy back on track, but just how radical an approach he can take is uncertain – as is whether he wants one.

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Kremlin cyberpower? How fight over messaging app is showing its limits.

The Russian government is trying to block popular messaging app Telegram from domestic users. But its creator, Pavel Durov, is easily winning the fight, ensuring Telegram stays up even as the Kremlin clumsily causes collateral damage online.

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Ivory Coast, chocolate giants team up to make cocoa production more sustainable

Ivory Coast is the world's biggest cocoa producer, but agriculture of the plant has led to mass deforestation. In order to prevent losing all its forest cover by 2034, the country is exploring new ways of tracking cocoa production and developing agroforests.

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Meanwhile in ... Gambia, voters will vote using glass marbles for the last time

And in Estonia, citizens are enjoying a reputation as global leaders in digital governance. Known as e-Estonia, the system handles almost all government functions digitally, linking legislation, elections, banking, education, health care, and taxes on a single platform. 

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How an activist who helped transform postwar Germany views its newest challenges

Gesine Schwan ran for president of Germany, led the German-Polish Viadrina University, and  is one of the few remaining political activists of the generation whose lifespan parallels that of democratic Germany. Now, she keeps a keen eye on the crises that have blown up in both the European Union and Germany.

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For still-stateless Palestinians, cultural life serves as a building block

Even as hopes for negotiating a future Palestinian state seem more remote than ever, there is an attempt here to build cultural institutions that inspire people to respond to their history and identity through art and exhibitions.

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Saudi Arabia to screen 'Black Panther' to mark first theater openings in decades

The screening of 'Black Panther' is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's attempts to transform his ultraconservative kingdom into a modern, global player. AMC plans to open up to 40 cinemas across the country over the next five years.

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How the world made macro strides in curbing microbeads

Before the United States' decision to ban the tiny plastic exfoliants found in cosmetics and face washes, an estimated 3 trillion microbeads found their way into American waterways and other habitats each year. Britain, Canada, and New Zealand have since passed similar bans.

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