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Mumbai museum challenges Indians' self image

Yahoo World News Feed - November 17, 2017 - 8:22am

Such intriguing juxtapositions, unexpected stories, and global connections form the essence of an ambitious new exhibition that recounts India’s history and its engagement with the world through 200 objects. Recommended: How well do you know India?

New refrain in Washington: Is this the Saudi Arabia we wanted?

Yahoo World News Feed - November 16, 2017 - 2:59pm

From the outset of his presidency, Donald Trump has signaled his intention to refashion Middle East policy in a big way – and to return Saudi Arabia, sidelined in President Obama’s regional vision, to a preeminent spot in US policy. Mr. Trump broke decades of presidential precedent by making Saudi Arabia the first foreign destination of his presidency.

Protecting the innocent from cyber warriors

Yahoo World News Feed - November 16, 2017 - 2:21pm

In new warnings about cyberattacks by foreign entities, Britain and the United States have lately left the impression that innocent civilians, and not just governments, might become victims on a digital battlefield. On Nov. 15, for example, the US said North Korea is targeting banks, airlines, and telecom firms. The warnings are credible given evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections and North Korea’s 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures.

In 2017, transgender community sees record political gains – and violent hostility

Yahoo World News Feed - November 16, 2017 - 9:51am

Lisa Middleton ran for city council in Palm Springs, Calif., this year, she says, because she felt the time was right for her as a civil servant. Recommended: How much do you know about gay rights in America? “I didn’t get into this to make a symbolic statement about being a transgender candidate that got close,” says Ms. Middleton, who was among eight openly trans candidates who won state and local elections across the country on Nov. 7.

'Thoughts and prayers': For devout, what does it mean to pray after tragedy?

Yahoo World News Feed - November 16, 2017 - 9:50am

It’s a familiar performance in a long-running drama: Following a mass shooting, proponents and opponents of gun control take to the national stage, find their blocking on the scene, and recite the same impassioned lines of dialogue. When politicians doled out their automatic condolences of “thoughts and prayers,” gun control advocates responded with rhetorical jiu-jitsu. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive,” tweeted “Star Trek” actor Wil Wheaton, one of a number of Twittizens who used the cruel irony to mock Republican politicians.

Behind religious defense of Roy Moore, an aggressive view of masculinity

Yahoo World News Feed - November 15, 2017 - 3:37pm

When some of Roy Moore’s defenders seemed to justify the idea of older Christian men dating teenage girls, a number of conservative Evangelical Christians, like a number of Americans, were both outraged and appalled. One of Mr. Moore's defenders compared a grown man dating a teen as akin to the biblical Mary and Joseph. While their ages are not given in the Bible, in some evangelical circles they are believed to be an adult male carpenter and young teenage girl.

A tax cut, but for whom? Republican plans favor business

Yahoo World News Feed - November 15, 2017 - 3:34pm

The latest plot twist in Republican efforts to overhaul the US tax code amplifies what may be the most fundamental debate surrounding the legislation: Who is this really for?

The deeper meaning of the Roy Moore saga

Yahoo World News Feed - November 14, 2017 - 3:07pm

Few stories illustrate the zeitgeist of American politics and culture more clearly right now than that of the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Roy Moore, who is battling accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. “I don't see how this ends well for Mr. Moore,” says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina, who is one of a growing chorus of senators calling on Moore to drop out of the Dec. 12 special election. What should be a safe seat for Republicans is clearly in jeopardy, with the latest state polling showing Moore now slightly behind Democrat Doug Jones, although within the margin of error.

A petrostate’s path back from the debt brink

Yahoo World News Feed - November 14, 2017 - 2:19pm

The country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves was declared to be in a debt default by Standard & Poor’s this week. Like many petrostates, once-rich Venezuela has squandered its natural wealth, mainly by a poverty of democracy. To fix the debt crisis will now require that its socialist dictator, President Nicolás Maduro, return the country to democratic ideals, starting with a presidential election slated for next year.

Why Shiite pilgrimage to Karbala had special meaning this year

Yahoo World News Feed - November 14, 2017 - 2:07pm

For Iraq, guaranteeing the safety of millions of Shiite faithful on their annual ​pilgrimage to the shrine of a revered saint in Karbala has always been a monumental challenge. The march, the largest annual religious pilgrimage on earth, ​is in defiance of Iraq’s chronic insecurity and the frequent attempts by Sunni militants – including, recently, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters – to derail this event with violence. ​This year, the pilgrimage ​to the shrine of Imam Hussein ​held special resonance, as ISIS in Iraq has been all but defeated in recent months by Iraqi security forces – supported by Iran-backed Shiite militias and a US-led bombing campaign.

What’s the real story behind Hillary Clinton, Russia, and uranium?

Yahoo World News Feed - November 14, 2017 - 12:44pm

President Trump calls it the “real Russia story”: allegations that as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the sale of 20 percent of US uranium supplies to Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear company. The sale was greased by $145 million in contributions to the Clinton Foundation from Canadian executives who benefited from the sale, according to these allegations. Prosecutors at the Justice Department are now reportedly considering the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the transaction.

Trump's approach to human rights? It's personal, critics say

Yahoo World News Feed - November 13, 2017 - 2:57pm

When President Trump spoke to South Korea’s National Assembly last week, his emphasis on the systematic abuses and absence of basic freedoms in the authoritarian state to the north made him sound like a fervent champion of universal human rights. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says human rights “briefly came up” in Trump’s meeting with President Duterte Monday, which she said instead focused on ISIS, illegal drugs, and regional security. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump?

Measuring the kindness of strangers

Yahoo World News Feed - November 13, 2017 - 1:43pm

How many people honored this year’s World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, preferably with a random act of kindness? Public indifference toward World Kindness Day may be excused by the fact that the annual celebration has only been around fewer than 20 years. Earlier this year, Microsoft released a survey of 14 countries tracking the level of empathy, respect, and dignity used in digital platforms, such as social media and online forums.

In Israel's north, seeking a measure of calm as Mideast tensions spike

Yahoo World News Feed - November 13, 2017 - 12:44pm

At first glimpse, the sweeping view north into Lebanon from this ridge-top border kibbutz appears so tranquil – dense forest hillsides of oak and pine cutting a swath of deep green under an open sky, a white-washed house with a red tile roof in the distance. Nearby are a pair of radar towers, a small Israeli army outpost with a watch tower, and across the border fence a Lebanese Army lookout staring right back. “They say it’s the Lebanese Army tower, but it’s Hezbollah.

Russia investigation: What we know and where it may head next

Yahoo World News Feed - November 13, 2017 - 12:20pm

Early last month, as part of its effort to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the FBI filed an affidavit in federal court explaining why the bureau wanted to keep secret a plea deal it had struck with a low-level former Trump campaign adviser named George Papadopoulos. Mr. Papadopoulos was a bit player in the Trump 2016 effort, a young, unpaid foreign policy adviser who attended meetings but seemed to do little else. Why cloak the fact that Papadopoulos had lied to agents and then deleted social media accounts in a hapless attempt to conceal his actions?

Meet Mr. Bicycle, who’s helped fix thousands of bikes in Pennsylvania

Yahoo World News Feed - November 13, 2017 - 7:18am

Some 15 years ago, Ross Willard was volunteering with a food program in Harrisburg, Pa., when he started to notice children riding bicycles with brakes that didn’t work. “It became a little toolbox, a bigger toolbox, [then] the van, the trailer, and the warehouse,” says Mr. Willard, founder and chief mechanical officer of Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg, which opened its first shop in 2007. Today, Willard operates a bicycle collection point, repair facility, and teaching center for bicycle safety and maintenance, geared toward anyone who is interested.

The man and fellow retirees behind a science lab for students in rural India

Yahoo World News Feed - November 13, 2017 - 7:08am

The 10th-grade girls are acing it when it comes to verifying Ohm’s law in this remote village school. Ohm’s law, a fundamental part of physics, states that voltage and current are proportional. The students are trying to verify the law by conducting experiments on a resistance board.

Not the time to apologize for the Balfour blunder, Burundi’s departure from the ICC might have a ripple effect, It is time to cut off aid to Burundi, The Mueller investigation sends a ‘sour signal’ to the world, Why I’ll no longer watch ‘House of Cards’

Yahoo World News Feed - November 11, 2017 - 4:00am

“[The] Balfour Declaration ... reached its first centennial anniversary this week,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah. “The Israelis, along with many of their Western supporters, are celebrating the British foreign minister’s ‘promise’ of a Jewish national home in Palestine as a document that amounts to the birth certificate of the state of Israel.... The Palestinians remember it as an illegal ominous ‘promise’ by a colonial power to the Jewish people to establish for themselves a national home in a land that belonged neither to them nor to those who offered them the land.... There are voices calling for a British apology. “Burundi’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court is likely to resonate in other African states whose leaders have long complained that they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution...,” states an editorial.

Readers write: Rewilding of Europe, guide to Puerto Rico’s challenges, encouragement for students, hope for the future

Yahoo World News Feed - November 11, 2017 - 4:00am

Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? Regarding the Oct. 9 OneWeek article “Puerto Rico: Out of the shadows?”: Having previously lived in Puerto Rico for more than 12 years, I thought this was an excellent article that would give someone with little knowledge of Puerto Rico a very balanced perspective of what challenges people are facing there.