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Briefing: What to expect at the Olympics

Yahoo World News Feed - 5 hours 53 min ago

The Winter Olympics are coming to Asia for only the third time and feature new sports, with the aim of attracting a more diverse global audience. WHERE IS PYEONGCHANG? Pyeongchang is the name of both a city and county in the rugged eastern mountains of the Korean Peninsula, just 50 miles from the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea and South Korea.


Return to China: One reporter finds a nation that has gone from bicycles to bullet trains

Yahoo World News Feed - January 21, 2018 - 4:00am

A gray, frozen landscape greeted me when I flew into Beijing one wintry November day in 1983. Recommended: How much do you know about China? China’s 800 million peasants toiled on “people’s communes.” Urban workers had an “iron rice bowl” of assigned jobs and food rations.


Cutting off communication, no more street protests, improving Parliament, projections for India

Yahoo World News Feed - January 20, 2018 - 4:00am

“Connections and conversations matter all year round, so it is easy to understand why some people became frustrated after learning that Skype had been blocked in the [United Arab Emirates],” states an editorial. “The move, made a fortnight ago, is the second time the service has been suspended and follows a period of confusion over the regulations.... In a country where internet usage exceeds 90 per cent of the population, being part of a global conversation means being connected.... Open and smart communication channels will be a vital factor in building smarter cities. “One ... disruptive technological influence in recent times is social media...,” writes Joseph Rwagatare.


Readers write: An about-face in reaction to sexual harassment, coverage of international news, books that matter, original and fresh story

Yahoo World News Feed - January 20, 2018 - 4:00am

Regarding the Dec. 7 Monitor Daily article “Franken resignation shows Democrats’ line in the sand”: No woman should have to put up with unwanted sexual advances, either verbal or physical, even though such behavior has been prevalent for decades. Women have had to walk on eggshells, in fear of losing their jobs for reporting sexual harassment. Hurray for women, who have risen to the occasion and come together in efforts to put an end to sexual harassment.


Russia investigation: An eventful week, and what happens next

Yahoo World News Feed - January 19, 2018 - 3:47pm

New details emerged this week in the broadening investigation into alleged efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. • The cofounder of the firm that produced the so-called Trump dossier told members of Congress in November that he suspected a number of Trump real estate deals may have been a vehicle for Russian money laundering operations. Glenn Simpson voiced his suspicions in a 165-page transcript released to the public on Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee.


Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

Yahoo World News Feed - January 19, 2018 - 2:03pm

West Hollywood is painted with rainbow flags. Known as “The Creative City,” this counterculture hub is set in rolling hills, thrumming with thrift stores, vegetarian restaurants, and, since Jan. 1, four dispensaries selling recreational cannabis. As people waiting in a line outside West Hollywood’s MedMen brush off a rainstorm, Iain McDonald, an actor and Lyft driver from Australia, says he’s puzzled by what he sees as a “war on California.” “When they say state vs. federal – as an outsider – that doesn’t feel right,” he says.


A year into 'America First,' the world eyes US – and Trump – with less trust

Yahoo World News Feed - January 19, 2018 - 10:28am

"From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First," he declared. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump? The president has not launched the trade war with China that he had threatened, for example.


What makes immigration deals so hard

Yahoo World News Feed - January 19, 2018 - 7:57am

Specifically, a deal that offers a reprieve for the 700,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the country as children and temporarily protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? Republicans, who hold majorities in both the House and the Senate, are split over whether or not to provide so-called Dreamers some protections in exchange for reforms, like tighter border security measures, that their constituents have long called for.


In shutdown showdown, questions over where public ire will be aimed

Yahoo World News Feed - January 18, 2018 - 3:44pm

Let this be a warning to Republicans and Democrats as they ramp up their messaging wars as to who will take the blame for a potential government shutdown Friday at midnight: Things don’t always turn out as predicted. Who would have known that visitors to the National Gallery of Art in Washington would raise such a ruckus? Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia thought Republicans had the upper hand in this battle.


Reducing drunken-driving tragedies

Yahoo World News Feed - January 18, 2018 - 1:35pm

Sobering statistics tell the story of how alcohol and driving combine in a tragic mix. Alcohol-impaired drivers in the United States cause more than 10,000 road deaths each year – about a third of all traffic deaths. Nearly 40 percent of the victims are people other than the drunken drivers themselves.


Spy suspect's arrest: What motivates turncoats?

Yahoo World News Feed - January 17, 2018 - 3:07pm

Recommended: How much do you know about China? As for geopolitics, the US is now aware that China has developed a full spectrum intelligence capability. “I don’t think this should be seen as something that should undermine the [US-China] strategic relationship,” says Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Coarse words and new thinking

Yahoo World News Feed - January 17, 2018 - 1:32pm

As is often pointed out, coarse or profane language usually represents an outburst of emotion, not careful reason. The president of the United States recently used coarse language while discussing important legislation regarding immigrants with members of Congress.


How insecurity in Afghanistan is constraining the Red Cross

Yahoo World News Feed - January 17, 2018 - 12:47pm

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has been in Afghanistan since 1987, generally runs toward disaster and conflict, not away from them. Najmudin Helal is just one symbol of the ICRC’s ability to transform lives broken by war in Afghanistan. In 1988, he arrived at the ICRC’s newly opened orthopedic center in Kabul for treatment after having lost both his legs to a landmine years before.


In push to 'fast track' women into office, gender quotas gain traction

Yahoo World News Feed - January 17, 2018 - 12:06pm

When Laura Chinchilla was elected Costa Rica’s first woman president in 2010, she made sure to thank some of her symbolic supporters. Schoolchildren cast ballots in their own mock presidential elections, which she won by a landslide. “When I showed up at the schools, teachers pulled me aside to say that a lot of their girls returned to class after the election more outspoken,” former President Chinchilla says in an interview.


In a threatened Cambodian forest, hand-in-hand push to protect land and people

Yahoo World News Feed - January 17, 2018 - 8:26am

For the Chong people of Cambodia, Siamese crocodiles are revered, respected, and left alone. Wearing the everyday clothes of rural Cambodia – old jeans, faded collared shirt, and sandals – plus a GPS and machete, he ventures through forest rivers to investigate signs of illegal hunting. Put Poeurn is one of the wardens at the frontline of efforts to ensure that human activity does not disturb the critically endangered crocodiles, a job he took over from his father four years ago.


2018: The year the European Union stands and delivers?

Yahoo World News Feed - January 16, 2018 - 1:39pm

At this time last year, the Dutch, French, and Germans were heading toward elections whose stakes were no less than the endurance of the European Union. The postwar project did more than survive the far-right rebellion of 2017: The victory in May of French President Emmanuel Macron over the Euroskeptic Marine Le Pen gave the bloc a decisive boost. Recommended: How much do you know about the EU?


A new form for the CS Perspective in the Daily

Yahoo World News Feed - January 16, 2018 - 1:27pm

Starting on Monday, Jan. 22, you’ll begin to see how this thinking is now being applied to the Christian Science Perspective. The audio version of the Perspective will now include the full version of the article (not just the short read), and it will be read by the actual author, whenever possible.


Will Europe speak up for cooperation?

Yahoo World News Feed - January 16, 2018 - 1:16pm

A year ago Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his vision of the world, one in which China plays the lead role in trade and other world affairs. This year President Trump will speak Jan. 26 at this annual forum of world leaders, sharing his views on international cooperation, informed by his oft-stated “America First” philosophy. Will Mr. Trump define the place of the United States in the world narrowly, emphasizing that the US will act only if and when its national interests are clear and the benefits immediate?


As US tightens stance on migrants and refugees, is Mexico prepared to take more?

Yahoo World News Feed - January 16, 2018 - 9:57am

It took more than a year, thousands of miles of travel, and a medical exam by a pair of volunteer midwives in the back of a car for C., a Honduran migrant in Mexico, to learn the real value of her temporary humanitarian visa. C.’s visa includes medical care, permission to work legally in Mexico, and the security of having “papers” to show when police stop her on the street. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico?


For Senegal island's residents, famed slavery heritage site incurs a cost

Yahoo World News Feed - January 16, 2018 - 6:30am

Each day, Deguène Gaye watches the ferry chug in from the mainland, disgorging a herd of sunburned tourists onto Gorée Island’s white-sand beaches. From there, she knows, they’ll probably trace a familiar itinerary, following their guides somberly past a memorial to the transatlantic slave trade and then to the famous House of Slaves, a candy-pink building that claims to be the departure point for millions of Africans sent to the Americas.



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