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To fight poverty in Africa, a new-old solution: cash handouts

Most agree that simple cash transfers can help in the shorter-term. But the longer-term effects are uncertain because of a complex mix of factors. 

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ISIS recapture of Palmyra: A fresh assault on heritage sites?

The self-proclaimed Islamic State group has overtaken most of Palmyra in a surprise advance.

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The ISIS breakers: How moderate Muslims are countering extremism

New voices rise across the Arab world to prevent a lost generation from answering the jihadists' militant call in a message war crucial to the region’s balance of power. 

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Are these toys spying on your kids?

This week privacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that the popular My Friend Cayla and I-Que Intelligent Robot dolls collected kids' personal information without consent.

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St. Louis Zoo's 'Snail Ladies' crucial to saving species

St. Louis Zoo docents Ellen Miller and Donna Mills have been taking care of Partula nodosa snails for 23 years. Last month, 630 of the snails they've cared for were put into the wild in Tahiti.

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New report says 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping scheme

The second report from the World Anti-Doping Agency found evidence of an 'institutionalized and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy,' according to its lead investigator. 

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Give dialogue a chance in Venezuela

The opposition sat down with President Nicolás Maduro in Vatican-led talks, leading to much criticism from observers. But there is a chance the move could lead to a peaceful resolution.

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Obama orders review of US election amid Russian hacking concerns

After reports of "malicious cyberactivity" during the election season, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco says key stakeholders need fuller answers.

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How tech titans plan on fighting terrorism

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube launched an effort this week to share information about terrorist-related content without threatening users' privacy. Here's how they'll do it.

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When mom becomes Big Brother

What are the tools and tricks of internet tracking in the home, and why building a domestic surveillance state is worth it for one family.

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Dutch court hands anti-Islam populist Wilders conviction, but no punishment

A panel of judges found Dutch far-right populist leader Geert Wilders guilty of inciting discrimination in a speech he made against Moroccans in the Netherlands.

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Amid fragile calm, Ethiopia's government faces critical juncture

After widespread protests, a six-month state of emergency started in October. Now, much depends on the next move of leaders who have long used their track record of economic development to paper over widespread human rights abuses and political repression. 

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South Korea voted to impeach its president. What happens next?

Close ties between the US and South Korea could become less so under new governments in both countries. The ouster provides an opening for the center-left South Korean opposition, which has criticized trade and military ties with the US.

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ISIS falling: Detainee recounts a lost battle in Iraq, and what it cost him

Hunched and handcuffed in a dimly lit concrete room, the Sunni former commander of a captured ISIS cell admits to targeting civilians in the fight against Baghdad. Now, he is remorseful.

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As austerity and graft gnaw, crisis-stricken Greece defies expectations

Assailed first by a debt crisis, then acting as a front line in Europe’s migrant crisis, Greece has had an extremely difficult few years. Yet it has avoided civil conflict and has remained in the eurozone, contrary to many expectations.

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When a home catches fire, this emergency responder helps care for pets

Franklin Frake works for the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides assistance to displaced pets, and their owners, during and after a disaster involving their home.

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Black woman who fought segregation to be face of Canada's $10 bill

Bank of Canada officials revealed their pick Thursday for the first Canadian woman to be portrayed prominently on the nation's currency: Viola Desmond, who helped inspire the country's civil rights movement.

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Why Pope Francis says fake news is a 'sin'

In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis takes on fake news, calling the spread of disinformation or 'communicating ugly things' a sin and referring to it as the biggest damage media can do.

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Analysis: Trump's tweetstorm about China wrong-foots Beijing

Chinese officials had expected the president-elect, as a businessman, to be focused on negotiable issues between the US and China. But Trump's Taiwan tweets have upended their expectations.

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As South Korean women fight for their rights, the gloves come off

By holding up a confrontational online 'mirror' to South Korea's conservative yet tech-savvy society, a provocative website has paved a path for a new generation of activist young feminists.

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