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Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 18, 2018

Russia wrestles with a US-style school massacre in Crimea
The Russian public reaction to Wednesday's massacre by a lone shooter at a school in Kerch, in the Russian-annexed Republic of Crimea, will look hauntingly familiar to Americans.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 18, 2018

Upcoming Afghan elections test country's commitment to women's rights
Since the US invasion in 2001, one of the few areas of progress in Afghanistan has been the advancement of women. They face many challenges as elections near, including passing legislation against violence and changing cultural norms. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 18, 2018

Disagreement over Northern Ireland could prolong Brexit, angering many in UK
At the EU summit in Brussels, Prime Minister May suggested the UK could remain in the EU's trade bloc months after Brexit. The prolonged delay over finalizing the deal has been met with skepticism across Britain's political spectrum as the March exit draws near.  



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 18, 2018

Progressives criticize South Korea for denying Yemenis refugee status
On Oct. 17, South Korea's Justice Ministry said it would not grant refugee status to nearly 400 Yemenis who are fleeing a civil war as well as a cholera outbreak. Progressives have denounced the move as xenophobic, though others are calling for deportation.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 18, 2018

Meanwhile in ... Afghanistan, fans are rejoicing over what's being called the 'fairy tale' success story of the country's cricket team
And in Saudi Arabia, a woman has been told she cannot marry a man because he plays a musical instrument.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 17, 2018

At stake in Khashoggi affair: control of the Arab world's narrative
If human rights and a free press are fundamental values in the West, what obligations does it have to ensure the Khashoggi affair does not squelch voices of dissent across the Arab world, as many fear?



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 17, 2018

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Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 17, 2018

At a Brexit summit, EU leaders search for solutions - slowly
European Union leaders met with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels on Wednesday to continue Brexit negotiations. After a failure to address border concerns between Ireland and Northern Ireland, a new sense of "non-urgency" has taken hold among leaders.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 17, 2018

Russia's once shadowy spies cast into the light. Why now?
If a growing body of reports are to be believed, the GRU has been caught red-handed carrying out a range of reckless and aggressive operations against Ukrainian and Western targets. The scandal has directly touched the Kremlin.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 17, 2018

Water pollution threatens Mandaean religious practices in Iraq
Mandaeans, a minority religious group following the teachings of John the Baptist, have worshipped at the banks of the Tigris River for hundreds of years. Today, industrial chemicals and untreated sewage make it difficult for the Mandaeans to practice religious rites. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 16, 2018

China's cold but cleaner skies bring an economic challenge


Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 16, 2018

Fleeing violence, Honduran migrant caravan enters Guatemala en route to US
Instead of making the perilous journey across Central America and Mexico alone, hundreds of Hondurans are marching toward the US together in a search for a better life and as a protest against endemic gang violence and widespread poverty in the region. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 16, 2018

With legal recreational pot, Canada leads way into uncharted territory
Legalization of recreational marijuana is a big step for any country, but it's perhaps that much bigger a step for Canada, which typically has not challenged global mores, like that against drug use, so directly.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 16, 2018

Signs mount of a fundamental shift in US-China ties


Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 16, 2018

Stopping US teens from smoking - one town at a time
Activists have found the "secret sauce" to help cut down on the number of young smokers: They're passing Tobacco 21 laws across the nation, but instead of working at the national level, they're focusing on small towns and cities.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 16, 2018

A seat at the table: Wave of Arab women running in local elections in Israel
Paths to progress must often pierce both tradition and discrimination. But as one Israeli Arab woman tells us: ‘It's time for people to take us seriously.... We can contribute, too.'



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 16, 2018

Fleeing violence, Honduran migrant cavern enters Guatemala en route to US
Instead of making the perilous journey across Central America and Mexico alone, hundreds of Hondurans are marching toward the US together in a search for a better life and as a protest against endemic gang violence and widespread poverty in the region. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 16, 2018

Venezuelan fans welcome new baseball season amid national crisis
Concerns about costs, facilities, and public safety may discourage some Venezuelan fans from going to baseball games, but last year stadium attendance rose 5 percent. Both fans and players alike are keeping a passion for the game alive amid hyperinflation and an uncertain future.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 15, 2018

Migration roils global politics, even as it ebbs
Never before have so many people - 70 million - been forcibly displaced from their homes. Millions more have chosen to leave in search of a better life. And traditional politics have been thrown into disarray. Part 1 of



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 15, 2018

In Africa, crowdfunded solar panels are a win-win
A little bit of cash goes a long way when it comes to solar energy. Through a startup called The Sun Exchange, investors can buy solar equipment that is then leased to rural communities, helping them run efficient, environment-friendly businesses. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 15, 2018

Iceland seeks closure 10 years after financial crash
Ten years ago, the Icelandic krona lost almost half of its value overnight after the collapse of Iceland's three major commercial banks. The final prosecution of financial officials deemed responsible began this month with more than 30 people sentenced to a combined 99 years of prison.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 15, 2018

Children of ISIS fighters struggle for survival in Iraq
Some of the most invisible victims of the Islamic State's caliphate are children of the fighters themselves. Traumatized, alone, and stigmatized by the actions of their parents, their lives reveal the long road of recovery ahead in sectarian-ridden Iraq. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 15, 2018

Joint 'inspection' planned for Saudi consulate in Istanbul
Turkish officials have announced that the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul will be inspected on Oct. 15 after Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi disappeared there almost two weeks ago. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 14, 2018

Antismoking laws gain local traction
Activists have found the "secret sauce" to help cut down on the number of young smokers: They're passing Tobacco 21 laws across the nation, but instead of working at the national level, they're focusing on small towns and cities.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 12, 2018

As China clamps down, internet users find it harder to scale 'Great Firewall'
Beijing has moved to restrict the availability of virtual private networks, or VPNs, amid an overarching strengthening of Communist Party control under President Xi Jinping.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 12, 2018

With VPN clampdown, China's firewall fills in its cracks
The "Great Firewall of China" encircles just one country, but a country with more internet users than any other. And as its censorship tightens, the consequences may ripple beyond.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 12, 2018

An end to the dollar's global hegemony? The Kremlin sees an opportunity.
US leverage in diplomacy and trade has depended heavily on the dollar's global role. But Trump's weaponization of the dollar may be making the effort by Russia and others to "de-dollarize" more realistic.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 12, 2018

Behind glitz of Saudi Crown Prince's reforms, a record of human rights abuses
As the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi strains US-Saudi relations, the record of ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is getting a closer look, from his involvement in a bloody war in Yemen to the silencing of critics in his kingdom. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 12, 2018

Islamic State returning to insurgency as caliphate disappears
The loss of territory and propaganda networks have severely cut into the effectiveness of ISIS military campaigns. But recent massacres in Syria and its history of survival during the Iraq War point to it continuing in a new form utilizing ambush surprise attacks. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 11, 2018

Iran: As economy stumbles, tension grows between rich and poor
How does one assess a society's resilience? One measure might be social cohesion. With Iran bracing for tougher US sanctions, resentment is growing against the well-connected who flaunt their wealth.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 11, 2018

As dissidents flee, regimes take advantage of fragile international laws
The recent disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul amid allegations he was killed by the Saudi government raises larger questions about how far states from Syria to China will go to target their critics after they have fled to different countries. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 11, 2018

Corruption indictment looms for Israel's Netanyahu in lead up to elections
Early elections look likely in Israel as the Netanyahu government splits over ultra-Orthodox military conscription, the Israeli attorney general considers corruption indictments, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to solidify his position and international alliances. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 11, 2018

Following US disapproval, S. Korea backs off from sanction lifts
On Oct. 10, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha indicated an interest in lifting some sanctions against North Korea, but backlash from President Trump and South Korean conservatives was swift, as US-led international sanctions remain firmly in place.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 11, 2018

Russia quietly expands influence in Balkans, exacerbating sectarian tension
Milorad Dodik won the Serb seat in Bosnia's three-member presidency last weekend after he appeared in footage alongside President Vladimir Putin. Analysts point to Russia's rising influence among Bosnian Serbs and efforts to undermine Western policies of Balkan integration.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 11, 2018

Meanwhile in ... the Solomon Islands, there's talk of crocodile tourism
And in the United Arab Emirates, there's a lot of excitement about space.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 10, 2018

Independence's import wanes in Quebec, but identity still entangles politics
The provincial election in Quebec last week and its results show that while Quebecers may feel settled about their place in Canada, unease around migration and what that means for their culture has surfaced.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 10, 2018

Khashoggi: a Saudi dissident's disappearance and the 'Arab Winter'


Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 10, 2018

Activist known for #BringBackOurGirls runs for Nigerian presidency
Obiageli Ezekwesili is best known for her advocacy after Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls in 2014. With additional experience with the World Bank, an anti-corruption non-profit, and the ministry of education, she's now running for president.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 10, 2018

As relations warm, South Korea considers lifting North Korea sanctions
South Korea's foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, believes that a lifting of sanctions against North Korea could be the next step in a series of negotiations between the two countries. However, many South Koreans still harbor resentment against their neighbor to the north. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 10, 2018

Russia quietly expands influence in Balkans, exasperating sectarian tension
Milorad Dodik won the Serb seat in Bosnia's three-member presidency last weekend after he appeared in footage alongside President Vladimir Putin. Analysts point to Russia's rising influence among Bosnian Serbs and efforts to undermine Western policies of Balkan integration.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 10, 2018

Rohingya teen looks beyond refugee camp to college and a career
Rahima Akter, born in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, is one of only a few girls to complete a high school education. Now, she's preparing university applications and interviewing refugees who fled Myanmar last year, hoping to document their stories.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 09, 2018

Letter from South Africa: What Melania could have seen
Living and reporting in Africa, Ryan Lenora Brown writes, is a daily process of "unlearning" - of looking beyond the one-dimensional picture of the continent that so many Americans grow up with. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 09, 2018

Australia considers banning immigrants from settling in major cities
As population continues to increase rapidly in Sydney and Melbourne, Australian officials are considering preventing immigrants from settling in these cities unless they have employment or family connections there. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 09, 2018

Iran and UAE complicit in illegal charcoal trade with Somali militants
The Somali extremist group Al Shabaab generates millions of dollars in revenue off exports of charcoal to Iran and then the United Arab Emirates, according to the United Nations, in violation of UN sanctions. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 09, 2018

Yemeni craftsman create ceremonial knives from missile shrapnel
As the civil war in Yemen has continued, imported steel has become too expensive for many craftsmen. But missile shrapnel is plentiful for artisans to transform into something beautiful. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 09, 2018

Brazil's far-right gains power in Congress and confidence in Bolsonaro
First-round elections in Brazil proved a stunning win for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. The next race will be a testing ground for whether voters will accept a reformed Workers Party or move Latin America further to the right. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 05, 2018

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to advocates against sexual assault and rape
In a moment of growing awareness to gender based violence, the recipients of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize are recognized for their work documenting, treating, and exposing the use of rape during conflicts in the Congo and Iraq. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 05, 2018

In global disputes, political calculus is bumping into economic reality


Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 05, 2018

Palestine's Abbas asserts himself as Gaza worsens and Hamas stays in power
The leader of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, side-lined by the Trump White House and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, is flexing his control as he insists the PA holds responsibility over all Palestinian territories. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 05, 2018

Weekend election to suggest the future of nationalism in Bosnia
In the lead up to Bosnia's Oct. 7 election, nationalist politics have dominated the discussion, with a pro-Russian Serb nationalist running for the country's three-member presidency. Across positions, many campaigns have focused on post-war ethnic tensions, rather than comprehensive reforms.  



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 05, 2018

In Indonesia, some survivors refuse to give up hope
On Sept. 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, leaving thousands dead, injured, or missing in its wake. Amid the uncertainty and grief, Indonesians search for survivors and pray to be reunited with loved ones safely. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 04, 2018

As Russia courts India, help from a surprising corner: US sanctions
From challenges come opportunity? That may well be President Vladimir Putin's mantra in New Delhi as he seeks to reinsert Russia into India's diversified portfolio of relationships.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 04, 2018

A chance for women in prison to express themselves
The Haku Mo'olelo program teaches women in prison how to write and illustrate children's stories, which helps them see meaning and purpose in their lives. The program can also draw parents and children closer.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 04, 2018

Saudi journalist disappears, raising concerns over political meaning
A prominent Saudi journalist and a contributor to The Washington Post who is critical of the country's policies on Yemen and women's rights has disappeared in Istanbul. Advocates are concerned he has become a pawn between Ankara and Riyadh. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 04, 2018

Slice of life: A reporter's search for knives in Beijing
Beijing has cracked down on knives in recent years, in response to high-profile knife attacks and stabbings. What's a Chinese chef to do?



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 04, 2018

She bears witness to South Sudan's turbulence, one headline at a time
The obstacles reporters face in doing their work - the stories behind their stories - can say just as much about a country's concerns and challenges as the articles they produce.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 04, 2018

Meanwhile in ... Laos, a drive continues to make this Southeast Asian nation a ‘chess capital'
And in Mexico City, young players are adopting an ancient ballgame.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 03, 2018

Breaking a taboo: Jerusalem elections and the Palestinian vote
If one accepts a principle of democracy, that voting gives power to the people, then not voting means the opposite. In East Jerusalem, some Palestinians question the price paid for boycotting elections.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 03, 2018

Culture shift: What's behind a decline in drinking worldwide
In many places around the world, drinking alcohol has long been associated with growing up or simply having a good time. But there's growing evidence that is changing.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 03, 2018

Paris plans zero-carbon future with first 'eco neighborhood'
The City of Lights has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. To that end, it has renovated a former industrial wasteland into an "environmentally responsible" neighborhood while still remaining affordable. Could it become a model for other cities?



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 03, 2018

Germany reaches out to US public as relations strain
President Trump's combative foreign policy against long-standing American allies has led Germany to spearhead a hearts-and-minds campaign directly to the American people called Wunderbar Together to celebrate Germany's cultural contributions. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 03, 2018

Despite enormous reconstruction costs, Syria vows to rebuild
With the Syrian government holding just over 60 percent of Syria's territory, President Bashar Assad hopes to begin reconstruction efforts despite few Western countries willing to help, international sanctions, and a seven-year-old conflict that continues to rage on.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 03, 2018

Mexican tourism brings uneven development in Nayarit state
The balance between economic growth and sustainability is being challenged in a resort town outside Puerto Vallarta. As social inequalities and environmental problems grow, residents are questioning the merits of unchecked tourism developments. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 03, 2018

Life skills with a side of kale: Helping homeless youth one salad at a time
For homeless youth, employment is critical to independence - but the barriers are incredibly high. Restaurant chain Tender Greens offers opportunities for at-risk youth - and a model for other eateries. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 03, 2018

In Pakistan, she sees the value in children who ‘are never seen or heard'
Plenty of people are doing good work in Pakistan, but too often such stories don't reach Western readers. So here's one person helping street children - something that's needed elsewhere, too.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 02, 2018

In Brazil, voters' far-right fears carry weight of history
"Fascist," "authoritarian," "far-right" - words that are thrown around in US politics these days. But what does it feel like to discuss those terms in a country that actually has memories of a military dictatorship?



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 02, 2018

Beachcombers worldwide haul 20 million pounds of trash in one day
With many hands on the task, the International Coastal Cleanup shows how communities working together can highlight a problem and help solve it. Legislation is starting to have an impact, too.   



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 02, 2018

Rights groups push for better prison treatment of Muslim Brotherhood Morsi
The harsh prison conditions of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi are calling attention to the country's crackdown against democracy since Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi came to power four years ago. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 01, 2018

The world and the 'idea of America'


Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 01, 2018

In Iran, artist ‘survivors' navigate obstacles, foreign and domestic
In Iran as in other countries, art serves as a window into the state of the country's culture and psyche. Today the art scene is thriving, even as artists, like other Iranians, grapple with sanctions.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 01, 2018

Koreas begin to remove landmines near border to reduce tensions
South Korean officials announced the beginning of demining efforts in the demilitarized zone on Oct. 1. The efforts are part of a deal with North Korea to reduce military tensions on several fronts. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 01, 2018

New Okinawa governor addresses the complexity of US bases in Japan
Denny Tamaki, the first elected leader of Okinawa to have an American parent, is leading a push against the US military presence on the island. Many consider him a "new kind of leader" as he stands for diversity in a country with a reputation for uniformity. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 01, 2018

Rescue efforts under way as Indonesian tsunami claims more than 800 lives
Several large coastal towns in Indonesia were hit by an earthquake and tsunami on Sept. 28 washing out communities and trapping residents under rubble. Poor roads and lack of heavy equipment, medical supplies, and experts is making recovery efforts difficult.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Oct 01, 2018

One year after vote, Catalan separatists demand action
On Oct. 1, hundreds of Catalan activists blocked roads, occupied railway tracks, and protested outside of the Spanish delegation's local headquarters. The activists continue to demand independence from Spain one year after a divisive referendum vote took place.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 28, 2018

Macedonians vote on their country's name. Will they follow heart or head?
This Sunday, a referendum will decide whether to ditch the country's wordy official name for the more concise "North Macedonia." It could be the key to unlocking access to the European Union and NATO.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 28, 2018

One reporter's fascination with Siberia leaves readers asking for more
As a subscriber you've probably seen plenty of our Moscow Bureau Chief Fred Weir's stories probing the geopolitical storms swirling out of Moscow. But we were all recently reminded how Fred's 30-plus years of living in Russia have blessed him with a curiosity that can take you beyond the news cycle and into everyday Russia.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 28, 2018

Malaysia's prime minister, 'elder statesman of the planet,' returns to spotlight
At the United Nations General Assembly this week, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - the world's oldest leader - took the stage to speak on the US-China trade war, the necessity of free sea passage, and other issues affecting Malaysia.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 27, 2018

With new missile defense for Syria, Russia shifts its relationship with Israel
Despite working closely with Israel's traditional enemies, Syria and Iran, during Syria's civil war, Russia has managed to maintain a good relationship with Israel. But it could be about to sour.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 27, 2018

Russia creates long-term trade relationship with Syria
As Russian diplomats have yielded their influence in Idlib, Russian businesspeople are signing contracts with Syrian companies. From development projects to weapons sales, Russia plans to be engaged with Syria for the long term. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 27, 2018

Kenyan courts respond to recent LGBT rights ruling in India
Because Kenya and India share many of the same British colonial laws, India's recent decision to decriminalize homosexuality is reverberating in Kenyan courts. It could also lead to a shift for LGBT rights across Africa. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 27, 2018

In Colombia, bringing young people together to solve gang violence
Faced with a high murder rate, officials in one Colombian city are working to discourage gang violence through a community-based approach. This is a step away from the typical punitive methods used to break up gangs.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 27, 2018

Meanwhile in ... Agome-Sevah, Togo, four female solar engineers have brought light to their village
And in Kabul, Afghanistan, Charlie Chaplin impersonator Karim Asir is doing all he can to keep fellow Afghanis smiling.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 26, 2018

In Choir!Choir!Choir!, song builds community - even if you can't carry a tune
Started in 2011, Choir!Choir!Choir! is arguably the most accessible singing group around. It is part of a wave of community choirs that has gathered force across North America.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 26, 2018

Why Rouhani, facing political storm in Iran, is secure in face of US threats
Reimposed US sanctions on Iran have, in the short term, led to hardship. But economic sanctions are an imprecise tool. Whether they can effect the desired change is a question of political resilience.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 26, 2018

Can Asian leaders say no to Chinese-funded development as promised?
New leaders in Malaysia, Pakistan, and the Maldives all campaigned on promises to reevaluate Chinese-funded development projects that increase the national debt and bolster China's influence. Now that they've been elected, will they follow through?



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 26, 2018

In Nepal, women learn how to build stronger homes after 2015 earthquake
In April 2015, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake ripped through Nepal, leaving more than 785,000 families homeless. Rebuilding efforts are frustratingly slow, and so Nepali women have started to build their own homes - but this time, stronger.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 26, 2018

Pope and China to jointly decide on appointing Catholic bishops
Since the Communist takeover in 1949, the Catholic Church has had limited control in China with a split between underground and state-sponsored churches. This new compromise could signal a new direction for the faithful and a step toward restoring diplomatic ties between the Vatican and Beijing.    



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 26, 2018

Solar panels? Rooftop prayers? Still, renovated Jordan mosque is a throwback.
In science, research accidents can lead to breakthroughs. And in the life of a mosque in northern Jordan, a setback in a small renovation project led to no less than a reinventing of its place in society.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 25, 2018

Solar panels and rooftop prayers, yet renewed mosque reclaims traditional role
In science, research accidents can lead to breakthroughs. And in the life of a mosque in northern Jordan, a setback in a small renovation project led to no less than a reinventing of its place in society.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 25, 2018

In a first for Russia, Moscow agrees with locals that their election was rigged
Westerners often assume that Russian politics is wholly corrupt. But the response to blatant ballot stuffing in Russia's Far East shows some limits to what Russia will tolerate - and such fraud may be on its way out.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 25, 2018

Hammocks in Honduras: from inside prison walls to city streets
Prisons here are known for overcrowding, violence, and lax oversight. But they're also home to the prisoner-run businesses that provide most of the country's hammocks.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 25, 2018

Famine in Yemen reaches a crisis tipping point
After an Associated Press report highlighted that food aid wasn't reaching target beneficiaries in remote parts of Yemen, the United Nations and donors are rushing to deliver supplies to avert famine conditions from spreading out across the country. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 25, 2018

Italy seeks to limit asylum seekers
A decree approved by Premier Giuseppe Conte and his Cabinet tightens criteria by which migrants can receive humanitarian protection. The movement was driven by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, whose right-wing League party associates migrants with crime. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 25, 2018

With final assault nearing Idlib, foreign powers assess interests in Syria
Major world powers are meeting at the United Nations this week and the future of the Syrian conflict will be on the table. As rebels stage their last holdout against President Bashar Assad in Idlib, here is a look at what could come next after the seven-year civil war winds down.  



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 24, 2018

Brexit tensions and the two 'i-words'
Much of the concern about Brexit has centered on the problems it could cause the UK. But the EU also faces a powerful challenge from two issues that could shape 21st-century Europe and the rest of the world.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 24, 2018

Hungary continues to stifle independent journalism
Dozens of media outlets critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orban have changed hands in the past four years. Those that toe the government line receive more state advertising spending, media researchers say. The EU has sent a warning to Hungary for violating rules on media freedom.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 24, 2018

In high-stakes election in the Maldives, a win for democracy
In what many feared would be a rigged election and a slide back toward autocratic rule, opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory over President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Over the past few years, Mr. Yameen has grown increasingly powerful by jailing his opponents. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 24, 2018

With stalled talks between EU and May, Labour Party searches for its path
Negotiations between the European Union and Prime Minister Theresa May have stumbled, and the future of Brexit looks more uncertain. At its party conference this week, divided Labour will debate merits of forcing another referendum to reverse Britain's course.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 24, 2018

UN honors Nelson Mandela as peace summit begins
A statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela was unveiled in front of the New York United Nations building on Sept. 24. The UN looks to remember the symbolism of Mandela's struggles against injustice during this year's peace summit. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Sep 21, 2018

Under Trump administration, number of Mexican immigrants drop
The number of Mexican-born immigrants in the US plunged between 2016 and 2017, according to new census figures. The decline is likely due to both growing US hostility towards immigrants and increased opportunity in Mexico.



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