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Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 17, 2020

As Iran and Iraq simmer, giants of Shiite world vie for influence
The separation of religion and state is splitting the Shiite world, pitting the supreme leader of Iran, a theocracy, against Iraq's grand ayatollah.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 17, 2020

China's President Xi on first visit to Myanmar. Why?
President Xi Jinping's first trip to Myanmar, a linchpin of China's geopolitical ambitions, deepens their relationship at a crucial time.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 17, 2020

'You are lying': Iran's top leader slams U.S. in rare appearance
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at Western nations that claim to support Iran and called the downing of a Ukrainian plane a "bitter accident."

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 16, 2020

Why Putin's political shake-up isn't just about power
Vladimir Putin's plan to change the Russian Constitution allows him to keep control after his presidency. But it also broadens politics in Russia.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 16, 2020

An unlikely underdog, Israeli baseball heads to the Olympics
Baseball is historically unpopular in Israel, but thanks to Jewish-American pros, the Israeli Olympic baseball team has qualified for the 2020 games.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 16, 2020

Dozens detained by Lebanon security forces after violent clashes
As the financial crisis deepens, protestors have returned to the street, denouncing the police's use of force.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 15, 2020

Can Trump manage a Mideast crisis? Why Israelis have concerns.
Following the U.S. killing of General Soleimani of Iran, Israel is having a crisis of confidence in the Trump administration's policymaking process.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 15, 2020

Iran warns European troops 'could be in danger'
In response to pressure from Britain, France, and Germany to invoke a "dispute mechanism" in the nuclear deal, Iran pushes back with fiery rhetoric.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 15, 2020

Putin strategically moves to boost power of parliament, Cabinet
Russia's long-serving president has suggested amendments to the constitution that would keep him in power after 2024.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 14, 2020

Under siege, are Iran's rulers likely to do more than survive?
After Tehran shot down the Ukrainian airliner and covered it up, the stunning admission sent outraged Iranians back into the streets.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 14, 2020

In separation of church and state, which institution is being protected?
Quebec has banned some public workers from displaying religious symbols on the job, prompting debate over what needs more protection, church or state.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 14, 2020

After 10 years, Haitian farmers receive payment for land
Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, local farmers' land was taken to boost new developments. Now, those farmers are receiving reimbursement.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 14, 2020

African women fight underrepresentation in climate research
Women comprise 50% of farmers in Africa but have little access to climate change information. Two initiatives aim to help small-scale farmers adapt.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 14, 2020

Britain takes another swipe at its gambling addiction
U.K. attempts to rein the nation's gambling problem with a new ban on the use of credit cards for placing bets.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 14, 2020

How Iran-US tensions could benefit a new Mideast player: China
As U.S. allies worry about the reliability of the U.S., China's focus on economic aid and staying out of the political fray is appealing.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 14, 2020

Will Canadian taxpayers fund Harry and Meghan's security?
The royal family says it will not block Harry and Meghan's intent to leave their official roles, but many details are still to be worked out.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 13, 2020

How demise of Iranian nuclear deal rekindles Israel's dilemma
Prime Minister Netanyahu campaigned hard against the Iran nuclear deal. Now it's gone, and Israel's options are limited. Is this what he wanted?

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 13, 2020

Behind Latin America's protests, a fading faith in democracy
Latin America's wave of protests this fall each had unique catalysts. But many share a common root: deep and growing discontent with democracy.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 13, 2020

‘Defense ninja': One Muslim woman's journey to empowerment
Feeling powerless in the face of harassment, Fauzia Lala vowed to study self-defense. Now she helps others do the same in her school, Defense Ninjas.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 13, 2020

Monday Sunrise Briefs: Why Iran's leaders now target of protests
Catch me up on the weekend news: Protests erupted in Iran, not aimed at the U.S., but at Tehran's denials, then admission it shot down an airliner.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 13, 2020

Monday Sunrise Briefs: Why protesters now target Iran's leaders
Catch me up on the weekend news: Protests erupted in Iran, not aimed at the U.S., but at Tehran's denials, then admission it shot down an airliner.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 13, 2020

Iranian protests: A sudden shift from U.S. to Iran's leaders
Iranians protested in the streets this weekend after Iran's military denied, then admitted to shooting down a Ukraine-bound airliner by mistake.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 12, 2020

Taiwan sends message of 'peace, parity, democracy' to Beijing
In her victory speech, President Tsai urged China to resume talks with Taiwan without preconditions while warning against threatening use of force.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 12, 2020

Australian firefighters go on offense in bushfire battle
Thanks to a break in the weather, for the first time in weeks Australia's firefighters went on offense. But Sunday the death toll rose to 27.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 10, 2020

For Canada, airliner tragedy in Iran is deeply personal
The crash of the Ukrainian passenger jet in Iran hit Canada and its large Iranian community hard, as most of those aboard had ties to the country.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 10, 2020

Thailand's Steve Irwin wants to make snakes less scary
Nirut Chomngam shares his knowledge with villagers in the Southeast Asian nation, where snakes frequently cross paths with humans.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 10, 2020

Closer ties with China? Taiwan's voters look likely to say, ‘No thanks.'
Taiwan's election Jan. 11 looks likely to bring a second term for President Tsai Ing-wen, suggesting China's increasing pressure has backfired.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 10, 2020

Despite videos of crash, Iran insists 'no missile hit the plane'
If the West can prove Iran shot down the Ukrainian jetliner, even by mistake, they could shift Iranian public opinion on its leadership.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 10, 2020

Points of Progress: Mountain gorilla population grows, and more
In good news this week: Data suggests that the population size of mountain gorillas are growing, despite threats - plus more positive headlines.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 09, 2020

French pension-reform strikes hide deeper issue - distrust of politics
French protesters took to the streets against proposed pension reforms, but a deep distrust of politics is the greater cause of the public unrest.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 09, 2020

Officials say Iranian missile 'likely' downed Ukrainian plane
As details of the crash emerge, U.S. officials say it's 'highly likely' the jetliner was struck by an anti-aircraft missile in a possible error by Iran.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 09, 2020

Carlos Ghosn says he had 'zero chance' of a fair trial in Japan
After fleeing to Lebanon, the former Nissan chairman is bringing international attention to flaws in Japan's justice system.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 09, 2020

Anti-Semitism in the schoolyard: A new front in Germany's struggle
German schools have seen a rise in anti-Semitic incidents, but educators are not trained how to respond, nor on Jewish sensitivities more generally.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 08, 2020

Iran crisis: Why Gulf Arabs increasingly see US as a liability
President Trump's clash with Iran, which blindsided America's Gulf Arab allies, strengthened the case that an erratic U.S. is becoming a liability.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 08, 2020

‘Numbers don't lie': The team ‘Counting Dead Women' in Kenya
Kathomi Gatwiri and Audrey Mugeni's social media initiative records every femicide reported in Kenya, stressing the scope of violence against women.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 08, 2020

Iran missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq: A de-escalation move?
Iran fired a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops. Why this may offer an off-ramp away from war.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 07, 2020

US troops out of Iraq? What that would mean for both countries.
A vote in Iraq's Parliament and a general's draft letter suggest U.S. forces could soon leave. Neither party would benefit, say analysts, just Iran.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 06, 2020

From logger to tree-hugger: One man's fight for the Amazon
After going through his own transformation from logging company owner to conservation advocate, Mark Baker aims to pay it forward with nature tours.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 06, 2020

Women's rights, religious sensibilities. Can Israel respect both?
Are a woman's "right" to wear shorts and a religious man's "right" not to see her on an equal footing? It's a pressing issue in pluralistic Israel.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 06, 2020

A woman's right to her land: Q&A with Sizani Ngubane
Sizani Ngubane, who has spent years fighting for women's land rights in South Africa, talks with the Monitor ahead of the human rights award ceremony.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 06, 2020

Monday Sunrise Briefs: Rising backlash over killing Iran's general
Catch me up on the weekend news: Iraq votes to expel U.S. troops, Iran lifts limits on making nuclear weapons. Australians get some wildfire relief.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 05, 2020

Soleimani blowback: Iran preps to build nuclear bomb
Iran says it will no longer abide by the limits outlined in the 2015 nuclear deal and Iraq's Parliament called for the expulsion of all U.S. troops.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 05, 2020

Cooler temperatures and rain take edge off Australian wildfires
For Australian communities battling wildfires, Monday brought some relief. But there are still more than 135 fires burning in New South Wales.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 03, 2020

Why US assassination of Soleimani is unlikely to deter Iran
President Trump's decision to kill Gen. Soleimani is seen as an acute escalation, raising questions about U.S. expectations. Was there a disconnect?

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 03, 2020

Points of Progress: UK elects record number of women, and more
In good news this week: Record numbers of women were elected to the U.K. House of Commons, scientists trapped carbon in stone, and more progress.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 03, 2020

Rise of the Volga boatwomen? Russia ending gender bar on many jobs
Russia has forbidden women from jobs like train driver, miner, and diver to "protect" them. Next year the list of banned jobs will be radically cut.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 03, 2020

Congo Ebola crisis: To fight disease, an anthropologist heals distrust
Congo's Ebola outbreak is not just a health crisis. It's also a social crisis - and it's this anthropologist's job to heal it.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 03, 2020

US assassinates Iranian general in Iraq. How did we get here?
A U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad is the latest in a series of escalating incidents between the U.S. and Iran.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 02, 2020

In Israel, Orthodox women are fighting to be heard ... and seen
Gender segregation among devout Jews has been expanding in Israel, but Orthodox women are combating what they see as their marginalization.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 02, 2020

She survived an atomic bomb. Now she campaigns against them.
Setsuko Thurlow survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Now, she devotes her life to advocating for nuclear disarmament.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 02, 2020

At these Swiss dinner tables, refugees hold the seat of honor
A Swiss program pairs refugees with local dinner hosts. More than breaking bread, these meals are meant to break down cultural barriers.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 02, 2020

Forged in battle, protected by honor: A warm wool hat
What values are in a hat? In a Tunis souk, an exclusive society of hat-masters ruled by a code and tradition manufacture the iconic wool chachiya.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 01, 2020

North Korea's Kim touts strategic weapon amid stall in talks
Defiant words indicate Kim's "new way" could look like the old: a determination to wait out sanctions while cementing the status of a nuclear state.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 01, 2020

Australia sending aid after thousands flee wildfires
Navy ships and military aircraft were bringing water, food, and fuel to towns where supplies were depleted and roads were cut off by powerful fires.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jan 01, 2020

Why Iran-US tensions flare in Iraq
Protests follow a U.S. strike on an Iran-backed militia. They also come as anti-government protesters in Iraq have attacked Iranian diplomatic sites.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 31, 2019

Protesting airstrikes, militia supporters breach US Embassy in Baghdad
The attack, for which President Trump blamed Iran, represents a major downturn in Iraq-US relations, which could weaken DC's campaign against Tehran.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 30, 2019

Points of Progress: Where good news happened in 2019
Our correspondents report on significant steps of progress their regions have made headed into 2020.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 30, 2019

For Palestinians, sudden wave of election talk rekindles hope
Promises of progress in the Middle East are often viewed with skepticism. But a hunger for democracy makes talk of Palestinian elections tantalizing.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 30, 2019

Britain leaves EU on Jan. 31. But here's why Brexit won't be ‘done.'
Brexit is set to officially happen on Jan. 31. But the trade negotiations with the EU that will follow could be harder than what's come before.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 30, 2019

Sudan sentences 27 to death for detained teacher's torture, killing
The death of Ahmed al-Khair was a key point in the uprising that overthrew longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 30, 2019

Monday Sunrise Briefs: America responds to attacks on worship
Catch me up on the weekend news: How America responds to attacks on worshippers in New York and Texas. Steps toward peace in Afghanistan, Ukraine.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 29, 2019

Taliban agree to cease-fire as step to U.S. peace deal
The Taliban agreed Sunday to a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan, as a step towards a peace deal that could allow the U.S. to bring home its troops.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 29, 2019

Prisoner swap in Ukraine: First steps to end the war?
Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels exchanged 200 prisoners Sunday in a deal brokered by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 29, 2019

Six men make history rowing across perilous Drake Passage
The men fought nature and fatigue for 13 days to become the first to row across the infamous Drake Passage, dodging icebergs and huge waves.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 28, 2019

Somalia truck bombing kills dozens. The work of Al Shabab?
A truck bomb exploded in Somalia's capital Saturday morning, killing at least 76 people. The blast reminded witnesses of a 2017 Al Shabab bombing.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 27, 2019

Israel's Netanyahu shores up base but obstacles remain
Benjamin Netanyahu handily won a primary in Israel this week, but the recently indicted prime minister now faces tough national elections in March.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 25, 2019

In Lebanon, protesters fight despair with fellowship
As Lebanon protests against corruption drag on, people are coming together across sectarian lines to support one another and keep the movement alive.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 24, 2019

Colombia's conflict spills over to museum of memory
To move forward, Colombia must reconcile with its violent past. The Museum of Memory was supposed to help but it is showing the need for more healing.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 23, 2019

Justice for Khashoggi? Saudis sentence 5 to die for his killing.
Independent United Nations investigator condemns verdicts in Jamal Khashoggi killing as a "mockery," saying masterminds "have barely been touched."

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 20, 2019

Paris prepares for its first Christmas outside Notre Dame
The cathedral's famed celebrations will take place at Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois as its congregants and choir carry their faith "beyond the walls."

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 20, 2019

Russia, China told to send North Korean workers home by weekend
A U.N. order for the repatriation of 100,000 North Korean workers abroad after the nation's missile testing shows the scope of its labor force.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 20, 2019

India protests grow as government bans public gatherings
Thousands of Indians are demonstrating against a citizenship law widely seen as anti-Muslim, and a threat to the country's secular democracy.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 19, 2019

In search of an authentic Christmas, ax required
Millennial families, seeking a more "authentic" Christmas, are cutting their own trees, reviving tree farms across North America.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 19, 2019

‘It wouldn't be Christmas without Junkanoo.' How Bahamians make merry.
A Bahamian parade is one of the most unifying traditions in the island nation - perhaps this year more than ever after Hurricane Dorian.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 18, 2019

Driving India protests, a sense that ‘we will lose everything'
India's new citizenship law strikes at the core of individuals' sense of self and security, and the country's core democratic principles.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 18, 2019

‘The backbone of this economy': Fighting for maids' rights in South Africa
South Africa's domestic workers are as exploitable as they are invisible. Activist Pinky Mashiane is on a mission to help secure their rights.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 17, 2019

With Brexit mandate in hand, U.K.'s own union faces new strains
Conservatives swept the board in England and made gains in Wales. But the outcome was different in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 17, 2019

The Monitor's best photos and top 10 stories of 2019
Journalism can do more than inform, it can uplift and enlighten. Here we present a tour of our best photos of 2019 and our top 10 favorite stories of the year.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 17, 2019

The Monitor's best photos and top 10 stories of 2019 (video)
Journalism can do more than inform, it can uplift and enlighten. Here we present a tour of our best photos of 2019 and our top 10 favorite stories of the year.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 17, 2019

‘Big changes on a human scale': Ryan Lenora Brown on reporting a continent (audio)
How do you cover a region where more than 1 billion people live? Sometimes, by focusing on just one or two at at time. A foreign correspondent's mandate, Ryan once wrote, is to "draw the world in close" - to make it feel smaller, more relatable.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 17, 2019

‘Translating for myself': Ann Scott Tyson on seeing China from the inside (audio)
How do you learn the language of a place? Ann's expansive vocabulary, not just of words but of patterns of behavior and habits of thought, has allowed her to share a nuanced narrative about one of the world's most influential countries.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 17, 2019

‘From Midwest to Middle East': Taylor Luck on keeping an open heart (audio)
So how did the Monitor's Taylor Luck become a Middle East correspondent? In his own words, he "jumped from the Midwest to the Middle East with an open heart and an open mind."

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 17, 2019

Rebuilding the Bahamas: How a hurricane blows up social divides
How the Bahamas recovers from Hurricane Dorian may widen the gap between the rich and poor - and that raises moral questions for the world.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 16, 2019

Hong Kong's freshman councilors get a crash course: City Gov 101
Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp won big in district elections. Now, incoming councilors have to translate their dreams into day-to-day decisions.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 16, 2019

‘The corpse seems pretty lively': European Union after Brexit
Over coffee, veteran Polish official Radek Sikorski - now a key European Parliament member - presents a hopeful view of EU's future.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 16, 2019

Lebanon delays PM designation seven weeks after resignation
Saad al-Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, was expected to be nominated for the fourth time. Now, his successor's nomination is delayed.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 16, 2019

Protests across India denounce religion-based citizenship law
The law, which creates a path to citizenship based on religion but excludes Muslims, has sparked student protests and violent clashes with police.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 16, 2019

Egypt gas deal makes Israel a major energy exporter
Israel hopes to revolutionize its economy using nearby natural gas fields, despite concerns from environmental and social welfare activists.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 16, 2019

Monday Sunrise Briefs: Climate summit's high hopes and few steps
Catch me up on the weekend news: A climate summit ended by postponing hard decisions. Why China banned a London soccer match from TV.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 16, 2019

Points of Progress: Egyptian woman challenges inheritance laws, and more
In good news this week: A legal challenge to Egyptian inheritance laws may help women receive equal treatment, and more positive headlines.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 15, 2019

Why an Arsenal soccer game was yanked off the TV in China
Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City was pulled from TV in China after Mesut Ozil criticized Beijing's crackdown on Muslims.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 13, 2019

Brexit is going to happen. What is a young ‘remainer' to do?
"Remain"-minded youth may be ready to pivot toward shaping a future after Brexit and bridging divisions at home and with the rest of Europe.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 13, 2019

Should surfing the web count as a human right? The view from South Africa.
South Africa's Competition Commission wrote in a December report that two major phone providers' data prices were "anti-poor" and should be lowered.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 13, 2019

UK's Tories win decisive majority in election dominated by Brexit
Led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Conservatives exited U.K. elections with a strong majority of 364 seats, their best result since the 1980s.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 12, 2019

The real story behind a charred Iraqi shrine: Resentment of Iran
Is Iran's power waning in Iraq? Popular resentment toward Iranian overreach is growing, as the violence at a Najaf shrine showed.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 12, 2019

‘I am with WADA on this one.' Russian athletes blame state for doping ban.
The Russian government's response to doping bans has been to blame the West. But top athletes - and much of the public - don't seem to be on board.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2019

As China's investments in Germany grow, so do the ethical pitfalls
It is not just American businesses that balance the ethical demands of the public with those coming out of an increasingly influential China.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2019

UN report says Libya will be new frontier for Islamic State
Caught in a civil war driven by foreign interference, Libya may become a hotbed for ISIL activity, a report by a panel of United Nations experts says.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2019

EU Commission president announces 'European Green Deal'
Ursula von der Leyen has pledged $130 billion to reduce European countries' reliance on coal and help make the continent carbon-neutral by 2050.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 10, 2019

Why French Jews and Muslims are learning each other's language
France's Jews and Muslims are fighting Islamophobia and anti-Semitism by sharing their cultures and languages with each other.

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