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Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 20, 2018

How Canada helped make ‘Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'
The appreciatory renaissance of ‘Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' is well under way. But viewers of the recent documentary may not realize that Fred Rogers's career may not have happened without Canadian influence.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 20, 2018

US, allies set to evacuate Syrian 'White Helmets' away from Russian-backed forces
The United States, Britain, and Canada will lead an evacuation for Syrian civil defense workers trapped in southwest Syria as the Syrian Army appears to be gaining ground and could likely target the Western-backed White Helmets. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 20, 2018

How Canada helped make 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'
The appreciatory renaissance of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' is well under way. But viewers of the recent documentary may not realize that Fred Rogers' career may not have happened without Canadian influence.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 19, 2018

In Syria, ex-rebels and government enter era of uneasy 'reconciliation'
As government forces reclaim rebel held territory, the military and former fighters are beginning what some call a "reconciliation" process but others consider a humiliating surrender.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 19, 2018

Israel passes bill defining country as Jewish nation-state
Opponents argue the bill marginalizes Israel's Arab minority, however, the Israeli government argues the bill merely enshrines into law Israel's existing character as a Jewish state. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 19, 2018

For stressed African migrants in Israel, collective farms offer a refuge
A government plan to expel thousands of African refugees elicited an emotional response from many Israeli Jews - and the idea that kibbutz members could host at-risk families.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 19, 2018

After decades of fear, political parties openly campaign in Pakistan
Politician Altaf Hussain's political party long dominated Karachi, Pakistan's financial center. Now, open campaigning for the upcoming general election demonstrates the transformation of the coastal metropolis since his 1992 exile and a 2013 paramilitary crackdown. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 19, 2018

Why ancient farming practices have resurged in a storied part of Mexico City
Lucio Usobiaga is the main person behind the resurgence. His efforts show how an area that has evolved from its beginnings can make a return - and do so in an innovative way that benefits a range of people.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 19, 2018

Meanwhile in ... Iran, women's soccer is making progress moving toward the 2022 Olympics in Beijing
And in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, a young self-taught designer is working to make her city a fashion capital. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 18, 2018

A Sumatran fishing town's message for Rohingya refugees: Welcome
More than 1 million Rohingya have fled persecution in Myanmar, with most headed to crowded camps in Bangladesh. But about 1,740 have landed in Indonesia's Aceh province, where some locals say shared faith has guided their response. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 18, 2018

Riled by Trump's tariffs, Canadians get behind 'buy domestic' movement
Amid all the consternation far from American shores over US trade tariffs, it's easy to forget the effect it's having just north of the border. Canadians are not rolling over for what they see as Trump's bullying.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 18, 2018

Australia's polarizing policy deters migrants, leaves many in limbo
Five years after imposing a policy to stem the tide of asylum seekers, hundreds remain stuck in immigration camps in the nearby Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 18, 2018

EU fines Google $5 billion for anticompetitive behavior
The European Union has placed a record fine on Google for forcing Android mobile phone producers to pre-install Google Search and browser apps as conditions for licensing its app store. Google claims the sale of content and apps is a critical part of its revenue.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 18, 2018

First Ethiopia-Eritrea flight in 20 years lands after peace deal
A violent border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea eliminated direct air travel between the neighboring nations for 20 years, but now citizens - many of whom were separated from family members during the conflict - can fly directly to and from the countries. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 17, 2018

How humpback whales made a global comeback
As international whaling ramped up around the turn of the 20th century so did efforts by governments, activists, and the public to stop the practice. By 2016, more than half of the species' 14 population segments were no longer considered endangered.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 17, 2018

Russia chalks up Trump-Putin summit as success. But is there a hidden cost?
For all the backlash in the US to President Trump's comments in Helsinki, there are pressing issues that Moscow and Washington need to discuss. And the Kremlin was very happy with how the summit addressed them.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 17, 2018

In Boko Haram's hometown, a favorite pastime endures: going to the zoo
Boko Haram has inspired fear throughout northeast Nigeria, including at Maiduguri's beloved zoo. But its leafy paths are also wells of calm, a treasured reminder that 'normal' life goes on.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 17, 2018

Obama takes aim at 'strongman politics' in Mandela address
To mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, former President Barack Obama delivered an address promoting democracy, diversity, and tolerance. While not mentioning his successor by name, Obama's speech countered many Trump administration policies. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 17, 2018

Japan, EU aim to counter US protectionism with free trade deal
The trade pact created the world's largest open economic area, removing EU tariffs on Japanese cars and dropping Japanese duties on EU cheeses and wines. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 17, 2018

Afghan women write their own stories to fight for gender equity
Free Women Writers, a nonprofit in Afghanistan, strives to foster a shift in thinking about women in a nation rife with gender-based violence. It has published poems, memoirs, and articles written by more than 140 women and creates scholarships for women with the proceeds.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 16, 2018

How US stance on Iran could raise price of peace in Lebanon
For any country, what does achieving domestic tranquility cost? In Lebanon, the triumph of Hezbollah has brought relative calm but pushed the country further into the US-Iran line of fire.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 16, 2018

Three rescued Thai boys and coach live in stateless limbo
Three of the Thai soccer players and their young coach who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand are stateless, shedding new light on an issue that affects up to 3.5 million people in the country. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 16, 2018

Les Bleus are a mini-UN of soccer talent
France's 4-2 victory over Croatia propelled the team to the nation's second-ever World Cup championship. About two-thirds of Les Bleus's roster included players with immigrant backgrounds. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 13, 2018

By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government
Poland is in the midst of a battle over its Supreme Court, which the ultraconservative ruling party is trying to remake. And by quietly coming to work, Judge Malgorzata Gersdorf has become the face of resistance.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 13, 2018

Bond between players and coach may have saved Thai boy's lives
Encouraging words of wisdom from soccer coach Ekapol Chanthawong and his experience in meditation as a Thai monk may have played a large role in keeping the 13 Thai boys alive inside the flooded cave until they were rescued this week. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 13, 2018

In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity
Music speaks to our souls and our individual and collective identities. How much more so when the music comes from the soil under our feet? And how unfortunate, then, would it be to lose it?



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 13, 2018

Algeria stops expelling migrants into Sahara after pushback
Algeria's deadly policy of leaving migrants in the Sahara Desert, where temperatures often exceed 122 degrees F., has almost completely ended after widespread condemnation. More than 13,000 people had been dropped off in the region since May 2017. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 12, 2018

Why a nearly 30-year-old list of names is roiling modern Latvia
As a nation transitions from occupied state to democracy, is it better to reveal or destroy the identities of informants in order for a nation to move on? Latvia is deciding which way to go. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 12, 2018

Croatia will make its first-ever appearance in World Cup final
Croatia faces its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991 after defeating England in extra time to advance to the World Cup final. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 12, 2018

Families reunited, then deported to Guatemala
The tumultuous journey of several reunited families, who had been separated after they crossed the United States border illegally, ended where it started - in their homeland of Guatemala, where they must try to start anew or return to their lives prior to fleeing.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 11, 2018

Syrian civil war, on Israel's doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes
Wars bring horror, and Syria's war is no exception. But in the desperate fight for survival, myths can be smashed, and that sets the stage for sometimes surprising changes in thinking.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 11, 2018

After years of unrest, Ethiopia enters new era of openness
After decades of repression, Ethiopia appears to be entering a new phase of reform, marked recently by the end of a 20-year border war with Eritrea. Thanks to a new prime minister, many Ethiopians are imagining a hopeful future.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 11, 2018

As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?
Nine months before the deadline to leave the EU, British Prime Minister Theresa May has finally, officially, backed a policy of a "soft" Brexit, but it is not clear that she has made enough concessions to convince Brussels to do a deal.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 11, 2018

As NATO seeks to prove relevance, Canada offers to lead Iraq mission
Canada offered to lead NATO's new training mission, pledging to provide 250 troops and an unspecified number of military helicopters to help Iraq fight against a future power grab by the Islamic State.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 11, 2018

Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing
As Melbourne - like many cities in Asia-Pacific and around the world - continues to grow, services and infrastructure struggle to keep up. Five innovative housing initiative in the city hope to reduce that strain by building stronger community bonds.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 11, 2018

US Air Force rescue specialist details 'once in a lifetime rescue' in Thai cave
During the rescue operation for the trapped 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, there were around a hundred people from all over the world inside the cave guiding each one's passage to safety. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 11, 2018

Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebel groups
The Myanmar government is convening with the military and ethnic rebel groups at a major peace conference in an attempt to reach a formal cease-fire. This is the third attempt to reach an agreement as some rebel groups are reluctant to sign until political terms are made clearer.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 10, 2018

After 18 days, entire Thai soccer team rescued from cave
International efforts to rescue the 12 young Thai boys and their coach ended in success on Tuesday after a treacherous multi-day rescue mission. Their community, Thailand, and the world expressed relief and happiness at the successful rescue.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 10, 2018

Female Brazilian sports journalists say #LetHerWork without sexual harassment
Women who cover sports in Brazil have created the #LetHerWork campaign, which mirrors the #MeToo movement and other efforts to combat sexual harassment and assault in professional settings. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 10, 2018

World Cup puts a different spotlight on immigration for European teams
In a time when migration is under heavy scrutiny across the globe, European soccer teams in the World Cup with multi-ethnic players are contributing to a growing conversation around diversity and examining what it means to be "from" a certain country.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 09, 2018

US-Europe ties and the audacity of July 1948


Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 09, 2018

What noodles can teach us about Nigeria's reluctance on free trade
Nigeria recently declined to join a pan-African free trade deal. But closing its markets gives Africa's largest economy little incentive to improve business conditions and may ultimately leave it behind. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 09, 2018

Immigration deal saves German government, points to European future
Angela Merkel has held her fragile government together and found a compromise with rebels on immigration policy. Will it last?



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 09, 2018

Ethiopia and Eritrea unite after ending 20-year border war
After both countries accepted the terms of a peace agreement, Ethiopia and Eritrea have ended a 20-year war and reestablished a political relationship. "From this time on, war is not an option for the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia. What we need now is love," said Prime Minister Abiy.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 09, 2018

Boris Johnson resigns in midst of UK Brexit crisis
Hours after the resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced his resignation as well as junior Brexit minister Steve Baker. The resignations come only days after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her plan for Britain to continue free-trade with the European Union. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 09, 2018

Some Syrians return home although risks remain
Thousands of Syrians stuck at the border of Jordan are returning home after government forces reclaimed previously rebel-held territory. But those returning have concerns about safety or being detained or drafted into the Syrian Army. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 06, 2018

The vicious circle of Islamist terrorism and far-right extremism
While Islamist terrorists get close scrutiny, their far-right counterparts often do not. But that is changing, especially as studies show jihadists and the far-right not only reflect each other, but feed off each other.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 06, 2018

South Africa's unlikely ultramarathoner helps others cross the finish line
Coverage of marathons usually focuses on the winners. But at the back of the pack of the world's largest ultamarathon is a story of humanity, strength, and great courage.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 06, 2018

'Macho' Spanish bull festival feels heat from #MeToo, animal rights activists
Young feminists and animal rights activists are infusing new life into the annual pro-animal rights protest on the eve of the popular bull festival, calling for a 'sexual-abuse' free festival. Reported sexual assaults increased from two in 2008 to 22 last year.  



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 06, 2018

Theresa May tries to unite fractious ministers on Brexit trade plan
Prime Minister Theresa May gathered nearly 30 Cabinet ministers for marathon-talks today to hash out a plan for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc in nine months.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 06, 2018

Kenyan farmers swap coffee for avocados to tap into global boom
While a harsh drought has hindered progress for coffee farmers in Kenya and their thirsty crops, many farmers have switched to the avocado business - a crop that's proving to provide better earnings with less maintenance and resources.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 05, 2018

With election of new president, often-cynical Mexicans opting for hope
Politics is rarely a source of optimism in Mexico. But the election of leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the presidency on Sunday has brought hope to Mexicans - and perhaps a new way of looking at voting.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 05, 2018

Beijing gets tough on trash
It's a perennial problem for governments across the world: How to encourage best practices, like recycling. After trying incentives, China's authoritarian government is now turning to punitive measures. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 05, 2018

Church of England's outreach effort may mean end of 'snobbishness'
The Church will likely make it easier for people from other denominations to perform sermons, meaning that more expressive, evangelical preaching styles, like Bishop Michael Curry's passionate sermon at the recent royal wedding, could make their way to more pulpits soon. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 05, 2018

Cuba releases environmental activist on parole after hunger strike
Cubans and the international community rallied for the release of environmental activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola - an unusually broad act of dissent that eventually led to his release. Mr. Ruiz Urquiola was on a hunger strike to protest his arrest after he criticized forest rangers.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 05, 2018

Mexico's López Obrador will dominate Congress, with record female contingent
Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador aims to radically re-shape Mexico. His party's dominance in Congress will help him deliver on his pledge but it lacks the two-thirds majority needed to make changes to the country's constitution. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 05, 2018

Refugees in Ireland find their footing with soccer tournament
As national soccer teams battle for the World Cup title in Russia, refugee communities in Ireland are lacing up to compete in the Fair Play World Cup in Dublin, a yearly tournament that aims to raise awareness of the plight of immigrants and help them integrate. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 05, 2018

Meanwhile in ... Russia, some World Cup 2018 observers are calling Nigeria 'the coolest team ever'
And in Svalbard, Norway, a chef-farmer is proving that it's possible to eat local even in the Arctic.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 03, 2018

Upcoming Trump-Putin summit gives Russians hope for US thaw
Despite its early hopes, the Kremlin has found the Trump presidency to be soberingly antagonistic. So the fact that Russians are upbeat about the Helsinki summit suggests a real opportunity for diplomacy.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 03, 2018

A new use for ATMs in Kenya: camel milk dispenser
In a country where temperatures often exceed 100 degrees F., a British-funded initiative is providing women in a Kenyan village with refrigerated ATM-like machines to help them sustain and grow the booming camel milk business.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 03, 2018

How laughter brought more voters to the polls in Colombia
Politics in Colombia have become particularly polarized in recent years, with the introduction of a historic peace agreement ending more than 50 years of conflict and presidential candidates on ideological extreme. But the rise of online political satire helped spark the interest of a new generation of voters - and got them to the polls.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 03, 2018

German leaders agree on one approach to mitigating migrant crisis
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer met to discuss the issue of whether Germany should open its borders to migrants. The result: open "transit centers" for migrants to be evaluated before entering the country.  



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 03, 2018

Former Malaysian leader arrested for theft, money laundering
Two months after being voted out of office, former Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested and will be charged for graft as a result of his suspected connection to the grand theft of millions of dollars from state investment firm 1MDB.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 02, 2018

Iran protests: why Rouhani's foes are backing off their hard line


Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 02, 2018

Mexico elects leftist López Obrador as president
After campaigning on vows to end "mafia" control of Mexico, leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador rode widespread voter discontent with the long-time governing party to his presidential election win. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jul 02, 2018

Why young professionals are taking up farming in Thailand
As Thailand's rural population ages, a new initiative is encouraging young professionals to return to the countryside and establish farming communities with modern technology.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 29, 2018

EU agrees on migrant plan, but details vague
The deal proposes a screening process for migrants in North Africa for asylum eligibility, although no North African nations have signed on to the plan yet. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 29, 2018

Philippine city ushers in 'community-led rehabilitation' after siege
After pro-Islamic State rebels forced more than 300,000 people from the town of Marawi, Philippines last year, the government has begun funding residents' efforts to reconstruct homes and rebuild a sense of community.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 29, 2018

Philippine city leads 'community-led rehabilitation' after siege
After pro-Islamic State rebels forced more than 300,000 people from the town of Marawi, Philippines last year, the government has begun funding residents' efforts to reconstruct homes and rebuild a sense of community.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 29, 2018

Philippine city leads "community-led rehabilitation" after siege
After pro-Islamic State rebels forced more than 300,000 people from the town of Marawi, Philippines last year, the government has begun funding residents' efforts to reconstruct homes and rebuild a sense of community.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 29, 2018

Mexico's man of the people - with an ego
The hot-button issues between the US and Mexico - immigration, trade, the border wall - will shift when a new president is elected July 1. Front-runner Andrés Manuel López Obrador is leading with a 'Mexico first' approach.  



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 28, 2018

Into dark cycle of Mideast revenge, this group tries to bring light
Social media can make activism as easy as the click of a mouse. Our reporter accompanied a group whose more demanding mission is to console the victims of Israeli-Palestinian violence in person.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 28, 2018

Iranian nuclear enrichment signals resistance to US sanctions
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran reopened a plant that converts yellowcake - an ingredient that can be used in nuclear power plants or atomic bombs - into gas, calling attention to the uncertain future of the country's international nuclear deal. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 28, 2018

Small group of Syrian refugees in Lebanon head home
The rare case of returns comes as Lebanese officials increasingly encourage refugees to return to areas where violence has decreased. More than 1 million Syrians live in Lebanon. UN officials and others, however, say it is still not safe for refugees to return to Syria. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 28, 2018

Meanwhile in ... Mongolia, women are experiencing their own #MeToo movement
And in Lithuania, a toy for children has provoked an intense legal dispute.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 27, 2018

In Merkel's moment of crisis, a chance to seize middle ground on migration?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen her coalition shaken as close allies turn against her migration policies. But the crisis could be the opportunity needed to reform Europe's approach to immigration.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 27, 2018

Soccer World Cup spurs Chinese sporting ambitions
The Chinese government used not to care much about soccer, but President Xi Jinping has chosen it as a marker of global influence. How long till a Chinese captain hoists the World Cup? Local fans are not holding their breath.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 27, 2018

South African planes may soon fly on waste plants
After successfully powering a plane with tobacco two years ago, South African researchers have set their sights on the country's large amount of agricultural and forestry waste to produce green aviation fuel.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 27, 2018

Swiss government's rejection of burqa ban prompts binding referendum
Measures against the wearing of Islamic veils will go to a nationwide vote in Switzerland, even though the government opposed a grassroots campaign for a national burqa ban. Similar bans have been implemented in other European countries, sparking a debate over the symbolism of the facial coverings. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 27, 2018

Amnesty International: Myanmar military should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity
Amnesty International's newly released report provides evidence of atrocities committed by the Myanmar military on the Rohingya population from a nine-month investigation. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 26, 2018

India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends
Kashmir, a contested territory between Pakistan and India, has come under direct control of India's federal government after a political alliance ended. In response, thousands of Kashmiris, who want independence or Pakistani rule, took to the streets to protest.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 26, 2018

Australia approves bill to make foreign influence on politics more transparent
Australia passed two bills that would criminalize any covert, foreign activity intended to influence domestic politics. While the  government says the legislation is not aimed at any specific country, there are reports that the bills were created in response to Chinese interference in Australian policy. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 26, 2018

Iran bans over 1,300 imports amid protests over its plunging currency
Iran is preparing its economy to resist threatened US sanctions, slapping the import ban on 1,339 goods that could instead be produced within the country. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 26, 2018

Indonesian elections hint at rise of political Islam in the secular country
As local and national elections kick off this week in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, some Islamic leaders have emerged as the most vocal opponents of the current president. They belong to a loose grouping of Islamists behind protests that culminated in the election defeat and jailing for blasphemy in 2017 of a governor and ally of the president. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 25, 2018

How nationalism fuels anti-immigration front across the West
When it comes to politics, immigration is the empowering force for populist leaders across the Western world, including President Trump. And the facts around migration matter less than perception.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 25, 2018

How immigration fuels an axis of nationalism across the West
When it comes to politics, immigration is the empowering force for populist leaders across the Western world, including President Trump. And the facts around migration matter less than perception.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 25, 2018

Colombia's 'lord of the books' saves tomes from the trash
When José Alberto Gutierrez began working as a garbage collector in 1997, he thought it was a waste that so many books were being thrown away - so he decided to save them. Now known as the "lord of the books," Mr. Gutierrez has donated thousands of books across Colombia. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 25, 2018

'Love always wins:' Ethiopian PM responds to assassination attempt
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has been making sweeping changes in the country, said about the attack: "Love always wins. Killing others is a defeat. To those who tried to divide us, I want to tell you that you have not succeeded."



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 25, 2018

India takes control of Kashmir territory
Kashmir, a contested territory between Pakistan and India, has come under India's rule after a political alliance ended between Hindu and Kashmir political groups. In response, thousands of Kashmiris, who want independence or a Pakistani rule, took to the streets to protest. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 25, 2018

North Korea cancels its annual anti-US rally
Since the monumental summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea has softened its stance toward with the US and canceled its month-long annual anti-US rally. But negative portrayals of Americans remained entrenched in the nation's culture and education.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 25, 2018

Saudi Arabia's 'driving ban' is finally lifted
Although most women still do not have a driver's license, many women celebrated in new found freedom when the ban lifted June 24. Some say this is a foot-in-the-door toward increased women's rights across the country, while ultraconservatives claim that women behind the wheel will only lead to "sin" and sexual harassment. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 25, 2018

Zimbabwe officials say 'nothing will stop' election after rally blast
An explosion injured 49 people where Zimbabwe's president was addressing a campaign rally on Saturday. It is unclear who carried out the explosion or why it took place, but Zimbabwe officials have vowed that the attack will not derail the upcoming election. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 22, 2018

Turkey election: Does Kurdish leader jailed as 'terrorist' hold the key?
Turkish President Erdogan has tried mightily to consolidate power, imprisoning foes as 'terrorists' in authoritarian fashion. But the democratic impulse in the country is still strong.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 22, 2018

Populist wave, 'crisis overload' weaken global voices for human rights
Human rights, long a guiding force in world affairs, are under attack from a new generation of populist and authoritarian leaders, and traditional rights champions have vacillated. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 22, 2018

North, South Korea to host reunions for war-split families
In an effort to further peace talks, this August North and South Korea will each send 100 people to reunite with family members divided by the Korean War. Since 2000 nearly 20,000 Koreans have participated in 20 rounds of family reunions.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 22, 2018

Merkel says EU meeting will be focused on solutions to migrant issues
Amid tensions over whether or not migrants should continue being admitted into Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading an upcoming meeting with European nations to discuss potential paths forward to help ease problems associated with migration. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2018

As OPEC watches nervously, Russia and Saudi Arabia create a new axis - of oil
Russia is trying to be friends with everyone at once, and wielding growing influence as a global giant in weaponry and oil production. Some of its success could be at the US's expense. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2018

War games 'very provocative'? To S. Korea, so is calling them off
President Trump's decision to call of an annual joint military exercise with South Korea has led some analysts to question if outreach to Kim signals a US retreat from the region.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2018

Cuba loosens grip on media, allows for more independent reporting
Newly named Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is allowing the media to have a bit more freedom with their reporting. Journalists can now publish news of important events without government approval and accept advertising from Cuba's small private sector. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2018

Meanwhile in ... Mongolia, Millennial monks are running the country's monasteries
And in the Pacific Ocean, a 500-mile 'shark highway' has been documented, running from Ecuador's Galápagos Islands to Costa Rica's Cocos Island.



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