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Lebanese women fight to overturn law that protects rapists

Mar 24, 2017
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A big vote is set to take place in the Lebanese parliament this week that could repeal a provision of the nation's penal code — article 522 — which states that men who rape women can walk free if they marry their victims.

Alia Awada, advocacy and campaign manager for the gender-equality group ABAAD, has been working to convince politicians and the Lebanese people that it's time to abolish the law.

When it comes to North Korea, the era of ‘strategic patience’ is over

Mar 21, 2017

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's final day in Asia, a defiant North Korea claimed it tested a new type of rocket engine.

A couple days earlier, Tillerson called for an end to former President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" policy — waiting for economic sanctions to force North Korea to denuclearize — and the new secretary of state suggested that the US might even engage in pre-emptive action against North Korea.

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Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.

#54. @realDonaldTrump, why are you shrinking the EPA when Defense Sec. Mattis believes climate change is a national security threat? #100Days100Qs

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Military commissaries, the discount grocery stores found on US bases around the world, are bracing for big changes as lawmakers and the Department of Defense seek to reduce their reliance on taxpayer funds.

The stores offer low prices for service members and retirees. But taxpayers pay more than a billion dollars a year to subsidize them.

The reforms were set in motion by a law passed late last year. The commissaries are considered a military benefit for service members and their families.

Here's how to experience SXSW from your living room

Mar 11, 2017
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The massive arts festival South by Southwest has just kicked off. It features everything from tech talks and movie premieres to stand-up comedy shows, podcast recordings, and of course, lots of concerts.

But if you can't make it to Austin, Texas, for the festival, don't worry — you can still enjoy it from the comfort of your own home, says Melissa Locker, the culture reporter for Time magazine, The Guardian and The Takeaway.

Here's exactly who benefits from the GOP's new health care bill

Mar 9, 2017
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House Republicans unveiled their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week. Democrats and some moderate Republicans have already said the plan will hurt Americans who rely on insurance plans under the ACA, while ultra-conservative members of Congress are criticizing the plan and calling it "Obamacare Lite."

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Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.

#46. @realDonaldTrump: How will your administration deal with US-citizen children whose parents are deported? #100Days100Qs

According to the 2016 Current Population Survey from the US Census Bureau, immigrants and their US-born children make up 27 percent of the overall US population. 

Republicans have long talked about repealing  former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law — the Affordable Care Act — and on Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives released details about what they intend to replace Obamacare with.

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Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.

#43. @realDonaldTrump what is your administration’s official stance on organized labor? #100Days100Qs

Bomb threats are one part of a wave of anti-Semitism in America

Mar 2, 2017
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Since January, 100 different Jewish day schools and community centers have been evacuated after bomb threats. Just this Monday, sites in 16 cities across the US were targeted.

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#38. @realDonaldTrump Do you support rehabilitation or incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders? #100Days100Qs

In 1999, Aaron Glasscock was just 22 and two months shy of graduating from college when he was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for a nonviolent drug offense: conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Nearly 20 years later, Glasscock is out of prison, as his sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama.

Immigrants reflect on American values after deadly Kansas shooting

Feb 27, 2017
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An evening at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas, quickly turned deadly when a gunman entered the establishment and reportedly yelled, “Get out of my country,” before he shot two Indian immigrants. The incident, which took place last Wednesday and was allegedly carried out by Adam W. Purinton, has renewed concerns about anti-immigrant sentiments in America. 

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Remember when Zack Morris (smart aleck, picture-perfect smile), Kelly Kapowski (cheerleader, the object of Zack’s affections) and Samuel “Screech” Powers (lovable, curly-headed nerd) were household names?

So many Gen Xers and other children of the ’90s and their parents spent part of their Saturday mornings following them on the popular TV show, “Saved by the Bell,” set at the fictional Bayside High School in Palisades, California. 

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Today, Feb. 22, is the actual birthday of George Washington, the father of our country. He’s also got a decent-sized role in the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.” But there are other, more pressing reasons for Presidents Day.

A couple of answers in our #100Days100Qs to President Donald Trump

Feb 22, 2017
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Though President Donald Trump has been in office for just over a month, his administration has already been facing a number of foreign policy questions.

Here's what you need to know when crossing international borders

Feb 17, 2017
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We’ve learned a lot about how entering the country and crossing borders work these days. 

We know our phones and laptops are subject to search and seizure when we’re crossing a border, even if we don’t have to unlock anything for officers. 

But what else should we know? What other rights do we have, if any, in that no-man’s-land between the plane and the international arrivals exit?

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Through the years, Donald Trump has made plenty of off-color remarks about women, including on the campaign trail. Plus, there have been allegations against him, of improper sexual advances in the workplace at various times, and more recently, reports that he pays a lot of attention to his

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President Donald Trump set the ball rolling to repeal major components of the Obama administration's economic policy. The executive order signed by the president did not directly impact existing financial regulations, but it did call for a review of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. That law was designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis and was a major target of Trump’s presidential campaign.

In some ways, homelessness has become “ingrained” as an everyday part of San Francisco’s identity. 

On any given night here, officials estimate, there are at least 6,700 people living on the streets. 

Actor Alec Baldwin has had a number of roles throughout his long career, but lately, he's been making a splash with a now-iconic character: President-elect Donald Trump.

China's making huge economic bets on green energy

Jan 12, 2017

Officials in Beijing are turning the problem of poisonous pollution into a green opportunity for China.

On Thursday, China’s National Energy Administration announced that it would invest at least $360 billion in renewable energy. The plan, which is expected to help curb greenhouse gas emissions, will also create an estimated 13 million jobs.

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Earlier this week, President Barack Obama memorialized the five fallen officers from the Dallas Police Department who were killed in the city last week. During his speech, Obama also acknowledged both the special role and challenges faced by police departments in the US today.

“Your work, and the work of police officers around the country, is like no other," he said. "From the moment you put on that uniform, you have answered a call that at any moment, even in the briefest interaction, may put your life at harm's way.”

What now after North Korea's most successful ballistics missile launch?

Jan 12, 2017
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So, should we be worried that North Korea had its most successful ballistic missile launch?

Wednesday's launch violates a UN Security Council resolution that bans North Korea from testing and developing ballistic missile technology. This launch is raising concerns because it elevates North Korea's efforts to target American military bases in the Pacific.

America's homeless community is growing

Jan 12, 2017
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Housing affordability and availability in big cities like New York and San Francisco are often viewed as issues of the working, middle and upper classes. But there is an entirely separate portion of urban population that gets left out.

report from the US Conference of Mayors shows that homelessness is on the rise in America's biggest cities. Demands for emergency food assistance are going unmet, and housing facilities are turning away the needy.

Venezuela's economic troubles have become a full-blown crisis

Jan 12, 2017

For the last three years, Venezuela has been in the throes of an economic crisis, and things have reached a boiling point. Over the weekend, President Nicolás Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency, claiming there were plots from within Venezuela and from the United States to undermine his authority.

Observers say the president initiated the state of emergency to thwart calls for a recall referendum.

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Protesters are taking to the streets throughout Mexico to express their outrage over an increase in gas prices, corruption scandals plaguing the country, and the plummeting peso, which hit record lows last week.

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US President-elect Donald Trump is a well-known personality on Twitter — his "unpresidented" tweet is among a plethora that has caused a stir — and one day, he even blocked a high schoo

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At the beginning of 1967, one place Americans couldn't go was Hanoi, North Vietnam.

It was two years after President Lyndon B. Johnson escalated the Vietnam War, and at home, the narrative of the first televised war was still that of good guys fighting for freedom.

But in late December 1966, that perspective changed.

Kenya tries to come to grips with treating mental illness

Jan 6, 2017
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At age 17, Sitawa Wafula was diagnosed with both epilepsy and bipolar disorder. As a young woman living in Kenya, a country where mental health issues are still seen as a spiritual taboo, Wafula struggled to make sense of her health problems.

Durreen Shahnaz calls herself a “defiant optimist.” She’s the first Bangladeshi woman to graduate from the Wharton School of Business and to work on Wall Street, and she’s spending her life coming up with new ways to invest social capital.

Back in 2013, Shahnaz launched the Impact Investment Exchange Asia. This social stock exchange is going strong today and has funded a number of projects in places like Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Philippines.