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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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When it comes to 'sharenting,' new parents are divided over online footprints

Pop singer Beyoncé's recent choice to share a photo of her twin babies on Instagram highlights a debate among parents who were raised on digital media about how much to reveal about their children online. 

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Should we pay people not to cut down trees?

A two-year study in Uganda helps ease some of the biggest concerns about programs that pay landowners to leave natural resources untouched.

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Why there's a growing rift in GOP over law and order

The attorney general's decision this week to expand a controversial program that allows police to seize people's assets without charging them with a crime runs into conservative principles about property and states' rights.

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White House press secretary Spicer resigns

Unnamed officials linked Sean Spicer's resignation Friday with the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director.

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Poland’s challenge to EU values

The ruling nationalist party is on track to end the independence of the courts, forcing both Poles and the European Union to reassert equality before the law. Such a democratic principle helps unite Europe against the kind of inequality of rights that ignites war.

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Ban lifted: flights from the Middle East to the US may now carry laptops in cabins

Stepped up airport security measures have improved to the point that the ban could be lifted, officials say.

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Republican reality dawns: 'We're just in some quicksand right now'

In recent weeks, the GOP has failed to deliver on its promises to overhaul 'Obamacare' and provide a budget plan. Some anticipate the possibility of a government shutdown in the fall if Congress proves unable to pass bills essential to government funding.

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Trump team to probe for conflicts of interest in Mueller aides

The decision, announced by anonymous insiders, follows special counsel Robert Mueller’s incorporation of the Trump family’s business ties into the ongoing Russia investigation, a decision which President Trump warned would cross a line. 

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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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Lawsuit says 'bathroom bill' repeal has not solved problems

The repeal of North Carolina's 'bathroom bill' has left a 'vacuum' of ambiguous conditions: It is not clear which public restrooms transgender people can legally use; and state and local governments are powerless to determine their own policies.

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American travel to North Korea soon to be banned, officials say

Motivated by the recent death of university student Otto Warmbier, the restriction will affect the nearly 1,000 Americans who travel to North Korea annually.

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'Modern Gods' is an agile domestic drama, split between Ireland and Papua New Guinea

In Nick Laird's third novel, the everyday drama of a Northern Ireland family is overshadowed by a past that can't quite be left behind.

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For homeless girls in Queens, Girl Scout Troop 6000 offers an anchor

New York officials announced that Troop 6000 would receive about $1 million over the next three years to expand by 500 girls – part of an effort to meet the needs of homeless children, who make up 40 percent of those living in the city's shelters.

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Choose love in the face of anger

A Christian Science perspective: Compassion and forgiveness can have a powerful healing effect.

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Top Picks: The Wood Brothers' 'Live at the Barn,' the movie 'The Sense of an Ending,' and more

Fans of Mozart can add a visual component to their enjoyment with a video by filmmaker Matthew Rycroft titled 'Siege of Salzburg,' the Komoot app can help you plan the best path for an outdoor adventure, and more top picks.

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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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Presidential persuasion: So far, the art eludes Trump

The irony is that the image Trump has long sold – the dealmaker, the negotiator, and the guy who gets everybody in the room to ‘yes’ – might be somebody America could really use at the moment.

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Chicago to students: What are your plans after graduation? No, really.

Starting with the class of 2020, graduating seniors at Chicago Public Schools will need a job offer, college acceptance, or other evidence of a postsecondary plan in order to receive their diploma.

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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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Curiosity as an answer for income inequality

The rise in the wage gap may be caused in part by a productivity gap in companies. One answer for the less-productive firms: Increase worker curiosity in ideas and technology.

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In 'Dunkirk,' war is a minute-to-minute struggle for survival

Christopher Nolan, who both wrote and directed, has stripped away most of the usual genre clichés. Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, and Mark Rylance star.

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Summer jobs for teens wane even as research finds big benefits

Summer jobs are still a gateway to vital work habits and opportunities, research shows, but they're much rarer than they used to be. That's especially true for disadvantaged youths who could benefit the most. 

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Trump, concerned about leaks, has a private conversation with Putin

In the midst of Russian meddling investigations, President Trump's top advisers say there's a lack of clear policy when it comes to dealing with Moscow and President Putin. 

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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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Human rights group petitions on behalf of Hawaii's fishermen

An investigation revealed hundreds of men from impoverished Southeast Asian and Pacific nations working as fishermen are exempt from basic labor protections due to a federal loophole. Many may make as little as 70 cents an hour.

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Most Americans think government should provide health care, new poll reports

A recent poll from AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 62 percent of Americans – up from 52 percent in March – believe the federal government is responsible to ensure that citizens have health care.

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'Live from Cairo' vividly describes a world where refugees are case numbers

Ian Bassingthwaighte's debut novel centers on refugees and resettlement officers living in Cairo, as longtime Egyptian president Husni Mubarak steps down.

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Potential robbery avoided

A Christian Science perspective: We are all created to do right, not wrong, and we are safe in God’s love.

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When the sense of reality starts to flicker

A vintage mystery-thriller flick provides a very current term for a form of psychological warfare that seems much in use lately.

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1 kit, 4 months,157 countries: Robotics competition gets girls excited for STEM

Students convened in Washington, D.C., this week for the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge. Meet some of the girls from Egypt, Liberia, and Ghana who came ready to compete. 

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GOP challenge: Reforming widely accepted 'safety net' programs

As safety-net programs have expanded, there is more political pressure to keep those benefits – even as fiscal pressure is mounting to reduce the cost.

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NBC aims for new viewers with twice-per-day news show on Snapchat

In an effort to appeal to young news consumers, Comcast Corp's NBC News announced Wednesday its plan to launch a daily news program on Snapchat, an app that the average user visits 18 times a day.

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House panel vote paves way for self-driving cars to reach marketplace sooner

Concerned over a spike in road deaths, lawmakers work on a bill that would allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without needing to meet existing auto safety standards.

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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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Cents and sensibility: Jane Austen graces British 10-pound note

The famed British author is only the third woman to feature on a modern-day British bank note, after medical innovator Florence Nightingale and social reformer Elizabeth Fry.

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Why the ground shifts under Venezuela's regime

The country’s political crisis is coming to a head as the poor embrace democratic rights and reject the Maduro regime.

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Japan, China, and South Korea violate Paris agreement by funding coal in Indonesia

The three nations – all members of the Paris climate agreement – are involved with 18 of 22 coal power deals made in Indonesia since 2010, according to a report from Market Forces, an Australia-based environmental finance organization.

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