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How Amazon's boom brought growing pains to Seattle

As Amazon looks for a new city to host its second headquarters, Seattle provides a cautionary tale. Issues such as housing prices and traffic have forced many lower- and middle-income families outside the city limits.

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Trump rescinds support for bipartisan Senate health care deal

President Trump reverses remarks he made earlier in the week and backs off support for a bipartisan health care deal, putting passage of the legislation in jeopardy.

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President Xi opens China's congress with wide-ranging speech

Having bested his rivals, President Xi is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Oct. 18. 

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Merkel attempts to unite Germany through multi-party coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads exploratory talks between her party, the Christian Democrats, and the Bavarian Christian Social Union, Free Democrats, and Greens. The parties are under pressure to compromise and form a government by January.

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Despite potential trade sanctions, Kurds continue with exports

The Iraqi government and neighboring nations threatened a crackdown on trade with the Kurdish region following its independence vote. Sanctions could hurt the region's economy but Kurdish leaders are confident their goods are too valuable to the larger economy. 

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'Devotions' collects five decades of poetry by Mary Oliver

Oliver's work charts those moments when the temporal is touched by the transcendental.

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What can counter hopelessness?

A Christian Science perspective: Everyone is capable of feeling God’s infinite love, which inspires hope and brings solutions to light.

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How Stockton, Calif., has resisted political polarization

Stockton – and the San Joaquin Valley in general – provide a window on an increasingly rare phenomenon: what happens when people with a broad range of histories, ethnicities, and ideologies rely on one another.

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How these librarians are changing how we think about digital privacy

The Library Freedom Project aims to train librarians in the basics of digital surveillance, adding to a long tradition of public libraries standing in opposition to state and corporate power. 

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After brutal Syrian war, how ready is region to do business with Assad?

Much blood has been spilled in Syria's civil war, and many of Assad's neighbors have supported forces that sought his ouster. Whether to reengage with someone accused of crimes against humanity is more than just a tactical decision.

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One big reason ISIS lost the capital of its caliphate

Islamic State’s defeat in Raqqa was aided by the silent defiance of the city’s Muslims, who held fast to the liberty of conscience in religious belief. 

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Bestselling books the week of 10/19/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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Countering US-Russian acrimony, one dialogue at a time

US-Russia ties may be at their worst in decades. But a meeting of ‘citizen diplomats’ from both countries highlighted the value of face-to-face conversations – and listening.

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Grit and the gridiron rescue a town

Residents of Refugio, Texas, defying a hurricane’s destruction, rallied around a football team and each other.

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UN urges family planning assistance for the world's poorest women

A new United Nations Population Fund report says giving women and girls in developing countries control over when and how many children they have is key to ending global poverty by 2030. 

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Amazon, Facebook, and others see opportunity in Mexico City

In reaction to anti-immigration sentiment in the US, some tech giants are setting up operations in Mexico, hoping to retain and attract foreign tech talent.

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US-backed forces chase ISIS militants from Raqqa after three horrific years

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces ended the clash in Raqqa on Tuesday, combing the northern Syrian city for land mines and searching for any ISIS sleeper cells left behind. 

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When violence closes schools, Afghan girls are the most vulnerable

While more children haven been attending school in Afghanistan over the past several years, threats from Islamic militants undermines that progress. Human rights organizations say that when schools face challenges or closures, young girls are the first to feel the effects. 

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Las Vegas community creates a garden to mourn and heal

A plot of land slated to be a dog park has now been turned into a community garden, thanks to more than 1,000 volunteers who wanted to create a place where their Las Vegas community could honor and remember those who lost their lives in the mass shooting.

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Chinese commentators tackle the challenge of translating American football

As the National Football League gains popularity among young people in China, networks work to find commentators with sufficient knowledge of the game who are up to the challenge of translating the 'totally weird' rules. 

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'Leonardo da Vinci' may be Walter Isaacson's most unusual subject ever

Isaacson concludes that Leonardo’s outsider status helped to feed his development.

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Refining the conversation through love

A Christian Science perspective: Political tirades in our own backyard can be redeemed.

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History-making librarian of Congress checks in one year later

When Carla Hayden was sworn in as the librarian of Congress on Sept. 14, 2016, she made history as the first woman and the first African-American to hold that position. 

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Neutron star collision heralds arrival of a new era of astronomy

News of a collision between a pair of neutron stars some 130 million light years away has arrived via two completely different messengers – electromagnetic waves and gravitational waves – revealing clues to some long-standing mysteries of the universe.

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Trump's travel ban in court (again), but with a difference

The administration's latest effort to block immigration from six majority-Muslim nations has no expiration date. So the legal review promises to resolve a hot controversy over alleged discrimination.

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In assault on Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurds see region's reply to independence vote

After the euphoria of the vote, the advance on energy-rich Kirkuk by Iraqi federal forces signaled a worrisome dynamic for the Kurds: Baghdad's coordination with Turkey and Iran, and internal Kurdish divisions.

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Remembering poet Richard Wilbur, 'heir to Robert Frost'

Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin once described Wilbur as 'a poet for us all, whose elegant words brim with wit and paradox.'

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NFL owners to meet, with racial divide on the agenda

Sometimes sports become a venue for overcoming racial tensions. Amid anthem protests, pro football has a high-profile opportunity.

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Women join forces against sexual assault with 'me too' social media campaign

Actress Alyssa Milano asked her social media followers to tweet 'me too,' if they have ever suffered sexual harassment or assault as claims against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to come forward.

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The battle of Kirkuk as a lesson on ‘self determination’

When Iraqi forces swept into the Kurdish-held city Oct. 16, they revealed the internal divisions among Kurds, and the challenges for many secession movements.

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Showdown looms in Saudi Arabia's e-commerce market

Saudi Arabia's online retail market has remained largely untapped, with only one major company operating within the Kingdom. Now Amazon and Noon.com will be competing for online customers. 

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Unexpected victory: socialists win a majority of Venezuela gubernatorial elections

Pro-government candidates have won 17 of 22 races in which the outcomes were considered irreversible. It was a dramatic contrast to pre-election polls that projected widespread victories for the opposition party, which claims the results are fraudulent. 

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Moderate Republicans push for restoring health care subsidy

Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine, among other moderate Republicans, search for a bipartisan path forward on health care after President Trump abruptly halted federal payments to insurers.

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Austria's snap election shifts parliament to the right

The conservative, anti-immigration Austrian People's Party won the country's snap election. The party is led by the young Sebastian Kurz who may be looking to ally with the anti-Islamic Freedom Party.

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Rohingya facing violence and hunger continue to cross into Bangladesh

Food shortages are forcing thousands more Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh, a dangerous journey that some refugees do not survive.

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Healing broken hearts

A Christian Science perspective: Realizing that we can never be separated from divine Love brings genuine peace and a renewed sense of joy.

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Embracing what’s next

'Security' is a big word. Often, we think about it just in terms of physical safety, secure from crime or war. But there’s more.

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Readers write: Reader appreciation for Ruth Walker, Cassini coverage

Letters to the editor for the Oct. 16, 2017 weekly magazine.

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Maine's Susan Collins: Duty, bipartisan outlook drove decision to stay in Senate

The Republican senator is not running for governor because of the enormity of the issues facing the US and her role as a bridge builder, she told the Monitor in an exclusive interview.

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Trump's move on Iran deal? At its core, a compromise with his cabinet.

Trump decides to 'decertify,' but not scuttle, the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, illustrating both how the president is at odds with his top advisers, and what are the limits of their influence.

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