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In Latin America, no more women presidents – for now

As Chile votes, Latin America is poised to have no 'presidentas' for the first time in more than a decade. Does that matter?

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Wounded vets force disability rethink in Ukraine

People with disabilities have long been hidden away in Ukraine. But former soldiers who lost limbs in the war with Russian-backed rebels are winning medals in international sports events and giving them new status.

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EU leaders reaffirm commitment to social rights

At a European Union summit, leaders laid out standards for fair labor markets and welfare systems. With the newly created European Pillar of Social Rights, leaders aim to emphasize the EU's commitment to social, not just monetary, issues.

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Mumbai museum challenges Indians' self image

As narrow minded nationalist voices rise in India, a new exhibition illustrates the depth and wealth of foreign influences on the nation's culture.

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ISIS loses its last major territory in Iraq

US-supported Iraqi forces reclaimed the last Islamic State-held town. Operations will continue to retake Iraq’s western desert and the border area with Syria.

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Why Jordanian mothers still can't give citizenship to their children

Jordan recently has made significant strides on women's rights. But children in Jordan whose fathers are not citizens are denied basic rights.

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Merkel continues attempt to form three-way coalition

In order to maintain power, German Chancellor Angela Merkel aims to form a three-way coalition between the Free Democrats, the Greens, and her own Christian Democrats. Failure to clinch a deal could lead to new elections and another opportunity for the political far-right.

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Cambodia's main opposition party forced to disband

Cambodia's Supreme Court orders the opposition party to be dissolved. The verdict facilitates authoritarian practice in the nascent democratic state. 

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20 countries agree to end coal use by 2030

Twenty countries and two US states have banded together through the Powering Past Coal alliance to phase out coal and cut carbon emissions by 2030 in an effort to keep to the Paris Agreement target for lowering emissions.

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Mugabe refuses to leave presidency despite military pressure

Zimbabwe's political future remains uncertain as the military pressures President Robert Mugabe to end his 37 years of power, which would allow for former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to step in as leader.

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Lebanon's Hariri expected in France to end speculations he is being held against his will

French President Emmanuel Macron extended an invitation to the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in efforts to end tensions with Saudi Arabia and begin the resolution process. 

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Amid apparent coup, Zimbabwe ponders a future without Mugabe

Until two days ago, President Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule over Zimbabwe seemed almost entirely unshakable. The house arrest of the East African nation's only leader has brought citizens a glimpse of uncertain hope.

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Five ways to give this holiday season

Are you going to do the same thing this year? Here’s a lens on giving more broadly – beyond presents under the tree.

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As ban on 'Il Duce' trinkets looms, Mussolini's hometown eyes educational future

Italy is poised to ban sales of memorabilia featuring Benito Mussolini, which will affect shops in Predappio, a place of pilgrimage for neo-Fascists. But Predappio's mayor hopes to turn the town into a center for understanding what Fascism wrought in Italy.

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Pet grooming: how one woman thinks it can help people exit the poverty cycle

Natasha Kirsch, trying to assist those whose past was a barrier to employment, looked for jobs in high demand and that offer good pay. The result of her search is a job training program – The Grooming Project.

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Gay marriage wins support in Australian popular vote

Australian lawmakers must now draft legislation to legalize same-sex marriages by the end of the year after 62 percent of voters who participated in a postal survey favored reform. 

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Spanish authorities claim Russian interference in Catalonia vote

Following an investigation into the Oct. 1 referendum, Spanish authorities announced speculations that Russia spread pro-independence propaganda across social media in an effort to destabilize Spain. 

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House arrest of Mugabe triggers speculation of military coup in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife have been confined to their home by the Army. Military officials say the move is an effort to return the nation to 'genuine democracy.' 

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Why Shiite pilgrimage to Karbala had special meaning this year

Over the years, the Shiite pilgrimage to the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq – bigger than the hajj – has been a frequent target of Sunni militants, including ISIS. But the faithful keep coming, and ISIS is in retreat.

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Paid leave to care for pets? For more Italians, the answer is 'sì!'

A university employee in Rome was granted a paid sick day by her employer to care for her English Setter earlier this fall – showing how pets are increasingly seen as members of society.

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