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In Germany's east, populist vote finds root in reunification woes

Yahoo World News Feed - 6 hours 14 min ago

“Traitor!” “Merkel, out!” The anger, boos, and whistles greeting Angela Merkel in Germany’s east earlier this month are not the sort of reception many outside observers expect the country’s popular chancellor to receive.

Lessons in identity from Kurds and Catalans

Yahoo World News Feed - September 20, 2017 - 1:38pm

One of the defining challenges in the 21st century has been how to balance demands for independence by certain peoples with the sanctity of national borders. Just in the coming days alone, two regions with distinct identities, Catalonia in Spain and the Kurdish area in Iraq, plan to stage referendums on independence. The two votes are an echo of demands by several countries for more sovereignty to protest the perceived effects of global or regional institutions that were set up to purposely impinge on national sovereignty.

Remembering '85, Mexico City public leaps into quake rescue

Yahoo World News Feed - September 20, 2017 - 11:10am

Baruch García stood at an intersection Tuesday afternoon after a deadly earthquake, trying to direct traffic away from a road cutting through La Condesa’s lush Parque México. On the other side of the park, hundreds of volunteers – from a young boy in a yellow soccer uniform, to a woman in slacks and ballet flats, and a man wearing an apron from a nearby café – lined the street for blocks, helping to remove rubble from an eight-story collapsed building with an unknown number of people buried inside. Tuesday afternoon, a 7.1 earthquake in nearby Puebla State rocked Mexico City, some 75 miles away.

Kremlin frets as Russia's once restive Islamist region takes up political Islam

Yahoo World News Feed - September 20, 2017 - 9:28am

Russia fought two bloody wars in its Caucasus republic of Chechnya, ostensibly to crush an emerging threat of Islamist extremism on its own soil. Mr. Kadyrov is imposing sharia (Islamic law) on his population – and lately, even defying the Kremlin's foreign policy – with an apparent eye on a global, Islamic stage. “He has introduced politicized Islam in Chechnya, and this is definitely a problem for the Kremlin.

How social media helped Caribbean islanders say: Don't forget us

Yahoo World News Feed - September 19, 2017 - 3:25pm

U.S. That’s us,” said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow in a segment devoted to the devastation hurricane Irma wrought across the United States Virgin Islands. Ms. Maddow’s report highlighted how hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, transformed the once green and leafy paradise in the southeastern Caribbean to a dull, brown mess.

What's really important about Facebook Russia Ads

Yahoo World News Feed - September 19, 2017 - 3:07pm

Yes, a shadowy Russian firm with ties to the Kremlin bought about $100,000 worth of Facebook ads intended to sway voters during last year’s presidential campaign, the social media giant disclosed earlier this month. The problem is, those Russian-bought online spots might be just a hint of a darker, undetected flood of attempts at influence, according to experts in political communication. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

Tale of two Mexicos? Amid NAFTA rethink, some urge more inclusive growth

Yahoo World News Feed - September 19, 2017 - 2:16pm

Omar Chavira grew up near the rolling foothills of this state capital, coming of age when the US, Mexico, and Canada first signed the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Chavira had already dropped out of high school and soon married his wife, Soledad, who halted her education before junior high. “Back then, there weren’t many incentives to stay in school,” Chavira says, remembering high school fees and few formal job opportunities.

Can Houston find path to recovery that doesn't leave poor behind?

Yahoo World News Feed - September 18, 2017 - 2:15pm

Two weeks after hurricane Harvey, Soni Herrera is trapped at her home – a home she and her family cannot yet live in. Like many of the tens of thousands of Houstonians flooded out of their houses, Ms. Herrera, her husband, Jaime, and their four children benefited from the indiscriminate bravery of her community during and immediately after the storm. Recommended: How much do you know about Texas?

In South Sudan's capital, a bridge – and a nation – on hold

Yahoo World News Feed - September 18, 2017 - 1:44pm

South Sudan’s largest city needed a new bridge, and a Japanese aid agency was going to build one. “The way the city was growing was unbelievable,” says Justin Tata, the head of the department of architecture and urban planning at the University of Juba. Every day, a huge portion of the country’s economy rattled over the 45-year-old bridge’s two narrow lanes, as heaving 18-wheelers carried imported goods from the port of Mombasa, in Kenya, into the growing capital city.

Apple thinks different – and the same – about the ‘town square’

Yahoo World News Feed - September 18, 2017 - 12:58pm

Ten years after Apple made the smartphone “cool,” it wants to turn its retail stores into something warm. It announced last week that the nearly 500 Apple Stores will no longer really be stores but “town squares.” In the era of social everything, Apple’s glass-and-white-walled boxes are to become gathering places. If that sounds a lot like your local mall, Starbucks, or even McDonald’s – commercial places designed to be social spaces – Apple’s idea goes further.

Trump visits UN: As a global leader, can the US do more with less?

Yahoo World News Feed - September 18, 2017 - 12:22pm

President Trump has already shaken the post-World War II global order by pulling the United States out of American-led international pacts like the Paris Climate Accords and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal – and by threatening to dump others, like the Iran nuclear deal. For many in the community of 193 UN member states who have been anticipating General Assembly week to see for themselves how Mr. Trump intends to meld his nationalist policies with America’s global role, the impression may be that of the incredible shrinking superpower.

What to think of North Korea on Peace Day

Yahoo World News Feed - September 15, 2017 - 11:55am

A common predictor of war is whether enough people expect one. A new Gallup poll, for example, finds 58 percent of Americans support military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail to end its nuclear threat. That figure is up from 47 percent in 2003. Such polling, however, is enlightening for two reasons. It presumes the public might have a say on whether a conflict breaks out. And it focuses more on the possibility of warmaking than on peacemaking.

Who are the Rohingya? What you should know about Myanmar's deepening crisis

Yahoo World News Feed - September 15, 2017 - 11:40am

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) have endured decades of persecution. Some 370,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. An estimated 1 million to 1.2 million live in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, where they make up about a third of the population.

Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills

Yahoo World News Feed - September 15, 2017 - 10:00am

The students in the sixth-year class at the Møllevang school in Faxe, a municipality in rural Denmark southwest of Copenhagen, have answered these questions before. Recommended: Think you know Europe? As rudimentary as it is, the lesson in this kinetic classroom of students in hoodies and track pants is designed to teach social awareness and instill empathy – and in the process make Denmark and perhaps even Europe a more civil place to live.

With rebuilding under way, assessing government responses to Irma and Harvey

Yahoo World News Feed - September 14, 2017 - 3:17pm

The southeastern United States is struggling back onto its feet following this month’s battering from two huge storms. Thankfully, the human toll from hurricanes Harvey and Irma was not as great as feared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government first responders have so far won plaudits for the speed and organization of initial aid deliveries.

US foreign policy: Who is in charge?

Yahoo World News Feed - September 14, 2017 - 2:33pm

The North Korean nuclear crisis has challenged the Trump administration and its formation of coherent and effective foreign policy like no other. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders?

How to fix US politics? Maybe start by seeing it as an ‘industrial complex.’

Yahoo World News Feed - September 14, 2017 - 2:02pm

In 2015, shortly after selling her family’s food-products business, CEO Katherine Gehl had an epiphany: What if you analyzed the US political system as an industry? Why can’t Washington get things done? Ms. Gehl teamed up with Harvard business professor Michael Porter, a consultant for her family business, to investigate the industry of politics.