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How Stacey Abrams has gotten within one point of Georgia governor’s mansion

Yahoo World News Feed - October 19, 2018 - 8:35am

With one point separating her and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Abrams could very well become not only the first black governor of Georgia, but the first black woman in America to ever lead a state. The razor-tight race has been accompanied by record early voting, national scrutiny, and heated controversy.

Amid complaints of a rigged system, one woman's effort to end gerrymandering

Yahoo World News Feed - October 18, 2018 - 1:49pm

The post that changed Katie Fahey’s life came to her a couple of days after the 2016 presidential election. 

Why ‘the Kavanaugh effect’ on midterms is so unpredictable

Yahoo World News Feed - October 18, 2018 - 1:17pm

When big political news occurs close to an impending election, Washington is usually awash in arguments about how it might affect the upcoming vote. As you might have guessed, this brings us to the Supreme Court confirmation of Justice Brett Kava­naugh. During recent weeks of struggle there have been lots of predictions about how it will swing the upcoming midterm elections one way or another.

Russia wrestles with a US-style school massacre in Crimea

Yahoo World News Feed - October 18, 2018 - 12:55pm

Despite Russia’s already rather tough gun regulations, there are also calls to crack down harder. At the end of the day, and as is often the case in the US, there seems to be no clear explanation for why Vladislav Roslyakov, an 18-year-old student at Kerch Polytechnic College, came to school on Wednesday with two backpacks stuffed with explosives and a legally acquired shotgun-like hunting rifle, and proceeded to slaughter his fellow students and teachers.

Meanwhile in ... Afghanistan, fans are rejoicing over what’s being called the 'fairy tale' success story of the country’s cricket team

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

Afghanistan, fans are rejoicing over what’s being called the “fairy tale” success story of the country’s cricket team. In the United Arab Emirates last month, at the 2018 Asia Cup cricket tournament, Afghanistan became the talk of the tournament by trouncing Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and then tying the powerhouse Indian team. Afghanistan’s cricket team is performing way above expectations against far more established competitors.

At stake in Khashoggi affair: control of the Arab world’s narrative

Yahoo World News Feed - October 17, 2018 - 3:01pm

The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has done more than strike fear in the hearts of Arab journalists and intellectuals everywhere. The affair’s outcome, they say, holds in its balance the future of access to information across the Middle East. Arab academics and press freedom advocates warn of dire consequences if the United States and the West fail to hold Mr. Khashoggi’s killers accountable.

In Florida's kaleidoscopic politics, a window into America's future

Yahoo World News Feed - October 17, 2018 - 2:51pm

For Hannah Klein and William Joel Bravo, paid canvassers for the liberal NextGen America, that’s half the challenge – getting people to open the door and engage. “I believe that as a woman, it is my moral obligation to vote for anyone but Donald Trump,” says Batlle, a Cuban-American native of Miami who works as a paralegal. President Trump isn’t literally on the ballot Nov. 6, but really, he is.

Russia's once shadowy spies cast into the light. Why now?

Yahoo World News Feed - October 17, 2018 - 1:51pm

For lovers of spy lore, the past few years have brought unprecedented glimpses behind the curtain of international espionage. In part thanks to the unpreparedness of many intelligence agencies to grasp the implications of rapidly advancing information technology and the ubiquity of social media, more than one has seen some of its most precious secrets spilled over newspaper front pages. The latest to suffer this fate is Russia's largest spy agency, the Main Directorate of the Russian General Chief of Staff – still widely known by its traditional acronym, GRU.

China's cold but cleaner skies bring an economic challenge

Yahoo World News Feed - October 16, 2018 - 3:00pm

As winter’s approach brings the first days of heavy smog, thanks to coal-burning heaters, Beijing residents are donning air-filter masks or hunkering down indoors. The good news is that China’s air quality has been improving since 2013, though readings are still several times higher than what the World Health Organization recommends. Beijing has proved its war on pollution can work.

With legal recreational pot, Canada leads way into uncharted territory

Yahoo World News Feed - October 16, 2018 - 2:37pm

Canada’s capital city is known for being sleepy, sometimes stodgy. In doing so Canada has moved to the forefront of global drug policy. In open breach of the United Nations conventions on drugs, it has clearly stated that in principle, it does not believe that prohibition of marijuana serves the public good, after nearly 100 years of signing laws to the contrary.

To fight corruption, Kenyans study integrity

Yahoo World News Feed - October 16, 2018 - 1:46pm

Kenya’s official body for fighting corruption conducted a survey last year, and it was shocked at the results. The number of people paying bribes for government services had risen to 62 percent, up from 46 percent two years earlier. The survey found corruption was now seen as the country’s leading problem.

Signs mount of a fundamental shift in US-China ties

Yahoo World News Feed - October 16, 2018 - 1:43pm

It began as a trade dispute, but it’s becoming much more: a fundamental shift between the United States and China, the single most important great-power relationship in today’s world. One wild card – the initially warm, now decidedly cooler, relationship between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping – could yet exert a restraining effect.

Migration roils global politics, even as it ebbs

Yahoo World News Feed - October 15, 2018 - 2:01pm

In 2018, the United States is set to take in fewer political refugees than in any year since 1977. President Trump is revoking the protected status Washington has offered for decades to more than 400,000 immigrants who fled turmoil in their home countries. In Hungary, border guards have withheld food from rejected Afghan and Syrian asylum seekers to convince them to drop their appeals.

A lesson from the Sears bankruptcy

Yahoo World News Feed - October 15, 2018 - 1:40pm

Once called the colossus of retailing, Sears filed for bankruptcy on Monday. While the Sears name may yet reemerge in smaller form, its demise offers a cautionary tale – and not just on the need for constant innovation in business. While Sears was long a trusted brand name, it never was a vital center in the local communities that it served.

Antismoking laws gain local traction

Yahoo World News Feed - October 14, 2018 - 4:00am

When the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce was convening experts and community leaders around a health initiative, the idea of raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 kept coming up. Within a mere two weeks, legislators in both Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., passed ordinances in November 2015. “The amount of interest and the momentum behind this idea surprised even us,” says Scott Hall, senior vice president for civic and community initiatives, in a phone interview.

NAFTA’s replacement will have to do, Untangling the Skripal poisoning case, In US tariff talks, Japan should push principles of free trade, Sexual abuse survivors also face #MeToo consequences, Forced evictions are a global problem

Yahoo World News Feed - October 13, 2018 - 4:00am

“The North American free-trade agreement was ... stitched back up without major damage to the Canadian economy...,” writes Campbell Clark. “The peace treaty worked out [recently] isn’t going to be a glowing ode to the principles of free trade.... The deal ... doesn’t have so-called poison-pill demands that the U.S. made last October.... Could [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau have done better if the Canadian team hadn’t been pushed aside when the U.S. and Mexico started to hammer out the framework of an agreement in summer? It’s hard to know.... It’s not the ‘win-win-win’ deal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland kept talking about during negotiations.

Will the Khashoggi affair change the course of US-Saudi relations?

Yahoo World News Feed - October 12, 2018 - 3:01pm

Ever since President Trump accepted the counsel of son-in-law and Middle East adviser Jared Kushner to make Saudi Arabia the first foreign trip of his presidency, it was clear that the kingdom was to be the linchpin of his administration’s regional policy. From countering Iran and achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace to promoting sustainable reforms of rigid Arab societies, Saudi Arabia under its young crown prince (and de facto leader) Mohammed bin Salman would be Washington’s go-to partner in the region. Now the Saudi strategy Mr. Kushner engineered has been rattled and indeed threatens to come crashing down.

How hurricane Michael could affect Florida’s high-stakes midterms

Yahoo World News Feed - October 12, 2018 - 1:49pm

Indeed, it’s not a reference to hurricane Michael, the Category 4 storm that slammed into the Florida Panhandle earlier this week and wrought devastation across the southeastern United States. Superstorm Sandy had just struck the New Jersey coast, and the state’s then-governor, Republican Chris Christie, greeted a visiting President Barack Obama warmly. Six years later, on the eve of President Trump’s first midterm elections, such bipartisan comity seems unimaginable.

With VPN clampdown, China’s firewall fills in its cracks

Yahoo World News Feed - October 12, 2018 - 11:49am

A chill wind whips down the walkways on the campus of Peking University, the selective academy that attracts China’s best and brightest students. Strolling past the stone steps and upturned roof of the university library, a law student vents about how China’s ruling Communist Party is tightening controls on information. “It’s harder this year than last year” to bypass the firewall that government censors use to block thousands of blacklisted websites, says the student.