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The US and its allies knocked Russia off balance, Pleading for a de-escalation of the US-China trade war, The jailing of ‘Lula’ reveals unequal treatment of corrupt politicians, US postwar management of Iraq has been a disaster, Learn from life mistakes

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

“It was anything but dull in the Security Council on [April 9], when Russian UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya faced off with his US and UK counterparts, Nikki Haley and Karen Pierce, respectively...,” writes Konstantin Eggert.

Readers write: Lifting humanity through a story, prayer after mass shootings, making sense of confusing events

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

Regarding the Feb. 9 Monitor Daily article “ ‘Calls From Home’: Kentucky radio station connects inmates and families”: This was such an important story. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

As its beaches recede, Florida shores up private ownership

Yahoo World News Feed - April 20, 2018 - 2:10pm

With his straw hat, rubber waders, and a quartet of 12-foot fishing poles, Peter Schilling is the modern version of an ancient archetype: the surf fisherman, casting knee-deep in the ocean foam. At least twice a week, Mr. Schilling casts the breakers for pompano, whiting, or spotted trout, driving up to Amelia Island from his home in Jacksonville.

The art of parsing apologies

Yahoo World News Feed - April 20, 2018 - 1:37pm

Sorry to say but in recent days there has been an abundance of apologies from public figures. Mark Zuckerberg, Laura Ingraham, Tony Robbins, Theresa May, Jimmy Kimmel – all have issued some form of regret over words spoken, actions taken, or past neglect. On Thursday, Philadelphia’s police commissioner apologized to two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, who were arrested while merely sitting in a Starbucks.

Diversity on display at tech conference minus 'tech bros'

Yahoo World News Feed - April 20, 2018 - 9:05am

The one-day event held here Tuesday was explicitly designed to to show that the privacy and security sector has a healthy share of female and minority experts who can speak to a wide spectrum of issues relevant to a male-dominated industry. OURSA, short for Our Security Advocates, was conceived in early March after a major security convention, the RSA conference, announced a list of 20 keynote presenters with only one woman: Monica Lewinsky, who was to speak on cyberbullying.

#MeToo's next challenge: domestic gun violence

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2018 - 3:07pm

During the decade she lived with her boyfriend, Sara Elmer was surrounded by guns. “I was in survival mode every day,” says Ms. Elmer. Indeed, in the United States, close to half the number of women killed in violent homicides each year are fatally shot by their intimate partners, according to federal crime statistics.

What's in a name? Why a Castro-less Cuba may not mean a changed one.

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2018 - 3:01pm

Recommended: How much do you know about Cuba? Cuba’s National Assembly, a group of more than 600 handpicked politicians who run unopposed, nominated the island’s next president this week. Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel, the only candidate put forth, will be Cuba’s first leader in nearly 60 years who wasn’t part of the revolution that overthrew US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista and installed a Communist government on the island.

Kremlin cyberpower? How fight over messaging app is showing its limits.

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2018 - 1:24pm

Kremlin forces appear to be badly losing their latest war, but it isn't in Syria or Ukraine. It's in cyberspace, where Russia's communications watchdog Roskomnadzor this week began trying to block the popular messaging app Telegram because its encoded services are allegedly “terrorist friendly.” Since the app has consistently refused to hand over its encryption keys to law enforcement, it has been a target of official ire for at least three years. Meanwhile millions of Russians – including Kremlin officials and State Duma deputies – continue to use the service despite the ban, according to business news agency RBK.

Meanwhile in ... Gambia, voters will vote using glass marbles for the last time

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2018 - 4:00am

Gambia, voters will head to the polls this spring to elect local officials as expected, but it will be the last time they will vote using glass marbles. For the past 60 years, each Gambian has cast a vote by dropping a glass marble into a barrel painted in party colors. The system works well, discourages fraud, and allows illiterate voters to participate, Gambian officials have said in the past.

Even at Starbucks? A conversation grows about hidden racial bias

Yahoo World News Feed - April 18, 2018 - 3:30pm

Videos of two black men leaving a Starbucks in handcuffs last week has confronted many Americans with one of the nation’s most troubling and divisive questions: How deep does racism still run? Half a century after lunch counter sit-ins that cemented the civil rights movement, the similarities between the images then and those from a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks were jarring: police officers escorting two stone-faced black individuals from a storefront after they had insisted on equal treatment. In this case, two black men were waiting for a friend, but not making a purchase, in one of the most overtly progressive corporations in the nation.

Why Bob Corker is bucking GOP tribalism, in a Tennessee tradition

Yahoo World News Feed - April 18, 2018 - 2:06pm

Here’s the rub: Mr. Bredesen is a Democrat. Corker, in fact, was so concerned that the very conservative Congresswoman Blackburn would lose his seat that a few months ago, he floated the idea of running for reelection after all.

Moon shot for peace between the Koreas

Yahoo World News Feed - April 18, 2018 - 2:02pm

In coming weeks, the world’s most heavily armed border, or the line between North and South Korea, could soon be the scene of the greatest peacemaking in 2018. On April 27, Kim Jong-un is expected to cross the 2.5-mile-wide demilitarized zone and become the first North Korean leader to set foot inside South Korea. Then, if all goes well at that historic meeting, President Trump could, either in May or June, fly to a yet-unknown country and become the first sitting president of the United States to meet a North Korean leader.

How the world made macro strides in curbing microbeads

Yahoo World News Feed - April 18, 2018 - 9:17am

When it comes to eliminating plastic waste, a great deal of progress is being made at the smallest of levels: microbeads. Used as exfoliators in such personal care products as face washes and shower gels, these tiny plastic spheres often end up in waterways and oceans, with the potential to pass toxins to fish and humans. Microbeads are so small they can’t be filtered out of the water system once washed down the drain.

Maple syrup inc.: Vermont’s maple syrup tradition goes high tech, high finance

Yahoo World News Feed - April 18, 2018 - 4:00am

On the rugged western slopes of Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield, a web of plastic tubing connects some 71,000 tree taps to one of the frontiers of Vermont’s rapidly changing maple syrup industry. Workers package up sleek bottles holding cardamom-infused and pecan wood-smoked maple syrup – two of about a dozen flavors that Runamok’s owners Eric and Laura Sorkin have developed in the two years since they ditched bulk syrup production and started this artisanal, direct-to-consumer business. The Sorkins have been upending conventions here since they started sugaring a decade ago, a few years after they quit jobs in Washington, D.C., to farm in Vermont.

India’s swing in favor of girls

Yahoo World News Feed - April 17, 2018 - 1:12pm

A string of protests has erupted in India over recent days – in the streets, on social media, and, notably, among Bollywood actresses. The size of the protests suggests a strong challenge to India’s historic fatalism about the role of girls and women as weak, submissive, or expendable. Rape remains a particular problem in India, even after mass protests in 2012 over an attack on a young woman in Delhi.

Tunisia's democracy: Freedom is disappointingly messy, but there's hope

Yahoo World News Feed - April 17, 2018 - 11:49am

Tarek Dziri cannot forget Tunisia’s revolution for a single minute. Mr. Dziri was 26 years old and a new father, working as a chef in the town of Al Fahs, 40 miles south of the capital, when riots broke out in central Tunisia in December 2010 against the country’s dictatorial then-president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. On Jan. 12, 2011, Dziri and his friends decided to join the protest movement and demonstrate in front of the Al Fahs police station to denounce the killing of innocent civilians.

Legal question swirls around Trump: What constitutes obstruction of justice?

Yahoo World News Feed - April 16, 2018 - 3:02pm

During his career, James Comey has served as a federal prosecutor, senior Justice Department official, corporate lawyer, and FBI director. If special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation proceeds as many Trump critics are hoping, Comey could eventually emerge as the star witness at a congressional trial to possibly impeach President Trump for alleged obstruction of justice.

Why West, amid horrors of modern war, is struggling to set red lines

Yahoo World News Feed - April 16, 2018 - 1:07pm

A “red line” against the gassing of civilians has been drawn. The film is called The New Barbarianism, and was made by former PBS NewsHour foreign editor Justin Kenny in partnership with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. It lays bare the extent to which civilians are being attacked, and how the particular horror of chemical weapons attacks is part of a broader assault on civilian populations that has received far less international attention.

Trump’s attack on Syria: a bias for hope?

Yahoo World News Feed - April 16, 2018 - 1:06pm

Twice within a year, President Trump has ordered missiles fired on Syria’s military for its use of chemical weapons on innocent people. In his second response on April 13, Mr. Trump doubled the number of missiles. The slaughter in Syria is largely expected to continue, albeit with conventional weapons for now.

Forget prom king – they're running for governor

Yahoo World News Feed - April 16, 2018 - 9:03am

Jack Bergeson, the garrulous 17-year-old Democrat running for Kansas governor, hadn’t even bothered to put his phone number on his campaign website until recently – because everyone already seemed to have it. “National networks all have my stuff,” says the young Mr. Bergeson, nibbling on a few fries at his parents’ Wichita burger joint. It’s a Saturday, and he has been up since 4:30 a.m., when he headed to Kansas City for a CNN interview – only to be displaced at the last minute by the latest Trump drama.