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Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 15, 2017

South Africa's ruling party to choose new leader
In an effort to reunite the African National Congress (ANC), the party is expected to announce its next leader this weekend.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 15, 2017

Britain and EU leaders enter second stage of Brexit talks
Britain and the European Union are poised to move forward with Brexit discussions after coming to agreements on the UK-EU land border in Ireland and Britain's bill for leaving the EU.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 15, 2017

In Romania, royal funeral prompts regrets
The former King Michael of Romania, who will be buried on Saturday, was scarcely a symbol of peace and stability: he ruled during World War II and was exiled by the Communists. But mourners are still nostalgic about what he represented.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 15, 2017

While world watches North Korea, China builds in the South China Sea
While the world has turned its focus to North Korea, satellite images show new Chinese high-frequency radar facilities on its controversial man-made outposts in the Spratly and Parcel Islands. China has been pressured to halt its militarization of the contested land.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 15, 2017

In Malaysia, religious concerns stall child-bride reform
Even cases where men have avoided rape charges by marrying their underage victims have not prompted changes to the law allowing underage marriage. Conservative strands of Islamic opinion favor the practice.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 14, 2017

Kremlin's four-hour presser leaves key question unanswered: after Putin, what next?
Russia's 2018 presidential election will likely not be a cliffhanger. What happens in 2024, when President Putin could end an unprecedented fourth term, is far less clear. He does have a plan, experts say - but it's not necessarily handing off power.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 14, 2017

In post-election limbo, Hondurans foresee next challenge: rebuilding trust
Protests over last month's disputed presidential election have simmered down, although no victor has been announced. But many Hondurans say the country has hard work ahead to restore their confidence in government, and each other.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 14, 2017

China willing to work with South Korea to maintain peace on Korean peninsula
During South Korean President Moon Jae-in's visit to China, Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirms his commitment to maintaining stability on the Korean peninsula, aiming to denuclearize the peninsula through diplomatic talks.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 14, 2017

New Polish prime minister meets with EU leaders, aims to solidify ties
Poland's new prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with EU leaders for the first time in an effort to strengthen ties between Poland and the EU. Poland's controversial stance on refugees and issues of governance and rule of law have strained relations in recent years. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 14, 2017

Venezuelans facing currency crisis turn to bitcoin to survive
In the midst of a financial crisis with inflation nearing 2,000 percent, Venezuelans are using bitcoin to pay for groceries, medical bills, even honeymoons. Unaffected by the economic crisis, bitcoins gives users an alternative to black market worthless government currency.  



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 13, 2017

Graceless: Women warned off politics in Zimbabwe
Dislike for Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, was a big factor in the Zimbabwean president's downfall. But her treatment at the hands of press and public has revealed deep misogyny in national politics.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 13, 2017

US cities dedicate resources to international negotiations on migrants and refugees
Despite President Trump pulling out of the talks, US cities concerned with the rising number of migrants are asking for a seat at the table in international negotiations regarding migrants and refugees set to start next year.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 13, 2017

Palestinian president calls for US to leave peace negotiations
Mahmoud Abbas has insisted the US is no longer fit to serve as mediator following President Trump's US embassy move announcement. Mr. Abbas called for the UN to replace the US for the remainder of the negotiations. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 13, 2017

This woman's approach to mentoring in San Jose won a prize
Knowing that mentors can make all the difference for youths, Gisela Bushey designed the organization Critical Bridge. In October, it was named a recipient of the $50,000 Encore Prize.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 12, 2017

Brexit: Could Britain change its mind?
In a show of what the press has dubbed 'Bregret,' more British voters now think it was the wrong choice to leave the EU than still think it was the right decision.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 12, 2017

Russian Olympic Committee pledges support for athletes
While it denies state-sponsored doping, Russia's Olympic Committee announced its support for the athletes who choose to participate in the 2018 Winter Games under a neutral flag. The ROC urged them to 'achieve victory for the glory of Russia.'



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2017

Jerusalem: Exhausted and adrift, Palestinians offer muted response to Trump
When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, analysts warned it could bring a wave of violence. But the response of outraged and distrustful Palestinians has been muted, and some are ready to abandon the two-state solution for peace.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2017

French rock star played on American persona
For three generations of French people, rock 'n' roll star Johnny Hallyday was a window on America and a chance to dream. A million people attended his funeral cortege in Paris this weekend.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2017

Putin declares victory against 'terrorists' in Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial pullout of Russian troops. The visit marked the first visit by a foreign head of state to Syria since its civil war began in 2011.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2017

Netanyahu visits EU to win support following Trump's embassy move announcement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Brussels to ask EU leaders to join President Trump in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Many EU foreign ministers continue to criticize Mr. Trump's decision and its ramifications for the peace process. 



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2017

After 35-year ban, movie theaters allowed once again in Saudi Arabia
The arrival of movie theaters in Saudi Arabia will mark the latest cultural change as a result of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to liberalize the conservative country.



Christian Science Monitor--world
Dec 11, 2017

Russian athletes hope to compete at Olympics despite ban
Though they will not be able to compete under the Russian flag, a majority of Russian athletes still want to compete at the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.



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