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Kenyan election board delays repeat election date

President Uhuru Kenyatta says the ruling of election by the Supreme Court is a 'coup' against the will of the people. 

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Uber loses its license in London, deemed not safe enough

London's transportation regulating body revoked Uber's license to operate today over concerns of safety and security, dealing a large blow to the company. With 40,000 drivers in the city, Uber has become serious competition for the city's iconic black cabs. 

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How strongly is NATO ally Turkey pivoting to Russia and Iran?

President Erdoğan has taken steps that have alarmed his NATO allies. Until recently, Turkey has pursued policies directly opposed to those of Russia and Iran.

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The story behind DC Diaper Bank, a resource for parents

Eight years ago, when Corinne Cannon had her first child, she was surprised at just how hard parenting can be.

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Beneath Germany's staid election, inequality stirs a 'moderate' populist revolt

Germany's economic success makes the political status quo seem unassailable. But for a growing number of Germans, jobs and the social safety net are growing more precarious, defying their basic sense of 'fairness.'

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Kurds head to the polls Monday for independence vote

Iraq's Kurdish population is planning a referendum vote for independence and the creation of a Kurdish state. Regional leaders fear the vote will bring more instability to the region and distract from the fight against the Islamic State. 

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Rohingya refugee camps swell to dramatic proportions

The UN and the US sent humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees, but it's not nearly enough for the 420,000 Muslims fleeing violent attacks, the UN says. 

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What could Germany look like post-election?

Though Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to be reelected, it is unclear with whom she will rule. Germany's upcoming election could be an opportunity for an unlikely coalition to form.

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Letter from Mexico: Lessons in a quake zone

Monitor correspondent Whitney Eulich was working at home on Tuesday, with her 11-month-old daughter downstairs, when a 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City. Two days later, she reflects on living with temblors, and the power of public support.

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Is it the Kremlin’s turn to get WikiLeaked?

The online activist group this week leaked documents from a company that provides ‘solutions’ for Russian telecom giants and state agencies. The dump could signal new scrutiny of Russia from the long-time US bugbear.

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ISIS has planted a ticking bomb that is hard to defuse: traumatized children

Iraq hasn't enough mental health professionals to handle the legions of traumatized children who, because of ISIS, saw and did things they never should have. But if enough teachers can be found, schools could help put them on a path to healing.

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In Germany's east, populist vote finds root in reunification woes

The anti-immigration AfD party is set for its best-ever national election Sunday, largely due to its popularity in the former East Germany. There, voters say they were left behind during reunification – and resent efforts to integrate immigrants while they still feel like second-class citizens.

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Pakistan breaks down gender barriers, one bike at a time

A new bike-sharing program has started up on a sprawling university campus in Islamabad. The goal was to reduce commute time, but it also brought an unexpected result: greater freedom for female students. 

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Amid Pyongyang’s nuclear threat, Seoul resumes humanitarian aid

President Moon says political circumstances should not dictate aid for pregnant women and children in North Korea. 

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Puerto Ricans vow to rebuild after Maria devastates the island

After the strongest hurricane hits Puerto Rico in more than 80 years, residents unite with aid workers for recovery efforts. 

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Remembering '85, Mexico City public leaps into quake rescue

On Tuesday, the capital held drills for the anniversary of its 1985 earthquake. Hours later, alarms went off again – but not for a drill. 'We've learned to jump in and help instead of waiting,' says a volunteer, one of many who rushed to help.

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Kremlin frets as Russia's once restive Islamist region takes up political Islam

Strongman Ramzan Kadyrov was installed by Putin to squelch Chechnya's Islamist insurrection. But Kadyrov's adoption of sharia and political Islam in the region is challenging Russia's secular constitutional order.

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Spain arrests Catalan officials as tensions over 'illegal' referendum rise

Catalan officials intend to move forward with its secession vote, spiking a tense standoff with Spanish authorities and drawing crowds protesting the arrests in Barcelona.

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Volunteer efforts strengthen after devastating Mexico City earthquake

After a magnitude-7.1 earthquake shocked Mexico City, volunteers from all walks of life joined first responders to help clear debris and pull survivors from the rubble.

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How social media helped Caribbean islanders say: Don't forget us

Residents of St. John in the US Virgin Islands used social media for more than community organizing in the aftermath of hurricane Irma: they also used it to connect with members of mainstream media to tell their story.

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