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As Fed normalizes policy, economy's 'new normal' is anything but.

The Federal Reserve is launching a major transition away from the extraordinary measures it used to boost recovery from recession. But the problem of sub-par economic growth remains.

Lessons in identity from Kurds and Catalans

Coming votes for independence in Kurdish Iraq and Spain's Catalonia represent a challenge of shifting identity in the 21st century. Both peoples must be careful in defining a new collective 'self.'

Remembering '85, Mexico City public leaps into quake rescue

On Tuesday, the capital held drills for the anniversary of its 1985 earthquake. Hours later, alarms went off again – but not for a drill. 'We've learned to jump in and help instead of waiting,' says a volunteer, one of many who rushed to help.

Empathy games tread thin line between 'edutainment' and virtual voyeurism

In an era marked by ubiquitous technology, the idea of teaching empathy through video games holds a certain appeal. But can gaming really improve understanding?

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

Strongman Ramzan Kadyrov was installed by Putin to squelch Chechnya's Islamist insurrection. But Kadyrov's adoption of sharia and political Islam in the region are challenging Russia's secular constitutional order.

Fear of being deported turns immigrant hurricane victims to churches for help

Places of worship and private charities in Texas and Florida are playing a pivotal role in the recovery effort from hurricanes Harvey and Irma because so many storm victims are immigrants in the country illegally – and therefore ineligible for federal disaster aid.

Faith leaders call on St. Louis protesters to show love instead of hatred

An interfaith service called for peaceful demonstrations instead of violence after the acquittal of a white, former St. Louis officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

Spain arrests Catalan officials as tensions over 'illegal' referendum rise

Catalan officials intend to move forward with its secession vote, spiking a tense standoff with Spanish authorities and drawing crowds protesting the arrests in Barcelona.

European leaders ask social media companies to censor extremist speech

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to push social media companies to join the fight against extremist speech. Following a series of terror attacks, Ms. May is proposing rapid removal of extremist content to reduce the spread of the information.

Volunteer efforts strengthen after devastating Mexico City earthquake

After a magnitude-7.1 earthquake shocked Mexico City, volunteers from all walks of life joined first responders to help clear debris and pull survivors from the rubble.

Trump's promise to 'totally destroy North Korea' creates confusion throughout Asia

Leaders throughout Asia struggled to interpret President Trump's remarks on North Korea to the UN on Tuesday. Some nations took it as reassurance that the global pressure on North Korea will continue, while others heard it as a promise of war.

'An Odyssey' is a father-son journey with Homer as guide

A classics professor learns much when his father becomes his student.

Yielding that opens the way for healing

A Christian Science perspective: When we pause to let God, divine Mind, guide us, we discern the inspiration that brings peace and healing.

Of moose and man

An early test of our vows to stick by each other arrived in Canada's wilds.

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

Residents of St. John in the US Virgin Islands used social media for more than community organizing in the aftermath of hurricane Irma: they also used it to connect with members of mainstream media to tell their story.

Mexico City rocked by major earthquake

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 44 people as buildings collapsed. The quake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south.

What's really important about Facebook Russia Ads

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.

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

Many credit the agreement with jump-starting Mexico's economic transformation. But those wins are not distributed evenly across the country's northern and southern states. Some analysts see negotiation as an opportunity for reform.

Do Russia's western war games deliver a threat, or just a message?

The week-long war games in Russia and Belarus, dubbed 'Zapad' for 'West,' have nerves on edge in eastern NATO countries that are deeply distrustful of Russian aims. But Moscow knows it is being watched closely.

The awards and rewards of grasping infinity

Two mathematicians who made a breakthrough in understanding infinity were recently given a medal. Their work itself reflects an unbounded progress in explanations of reality.

Trump's nationalist vision: Does it promote or endanger peace?

The president, addressing the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, laid out a nationalist basis for international interaction and lashed out at a group of 'rogue nations' led by North Korea and Iran.

Bestselling books the week of 9/21/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

Not mad, just adventurous: Cyclist completes trip around the world in 80 days

Mark Beaumont set a world record, cycling 16 hours every day on his 79-day trip through 16 countries. The hardest part of the challenge, he said, was sleep deprivation.

Human rights groups call for global actions to halt modern slavery

More than 40 million people are living in slavery globally with majority being women and young girls. Major change is possible by partnering with the business community, a new report says.

Partisan news outlets: propaganda or real news?

While it is being advertised as a run-of-the mill political news site, The Free Telegraph, operated by Republican governors, has received widespread criticism for aiding the spread of fake news. Defenders say it is just an outlet to share positive news about Republican efforts.

In an unrelenting hurricane season, Maria is next to churn through Caribbean

As another Category 5 hurricane approaches the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, island residents prepare for its destructive blow amid recovery efforts following hurricane Irma.

A new era of accountability: Facebook gets pulled into Russia investigation

Politicians and experts raise concerns over the social media giant's lack of accountability. The nature of the site has made it increasingly difficult to regulate and track ads, and many see this investigation as a turning point for Facebook's unprecedented power and influence.

UN solution for a pollution free planet: polluters should pick up the bill

Finding paths of progress toward a greener planet shouldn't be left to governments alone, businesses play a key role in developing new technologies, says executive director of UN Environment.

Myanmar's leader speaks out, but doesn't address claims of ethnic cleansing

Aung San Suu Kyi must walk a delicate line between the nation's powerful Army and global pressure to address human rights violations against the Rohingya within Myanmar.

Forgiving hate, finding healing

A Christian Science perspective: Genuine forgiveness is not only possible but also desirable, because it brings lasting healing and peace.

Equifax breach: What you can do ... and what public pressure may do

Hackers broke into the credit-report company Equifax and stole personal data on up to 143 million Americans. Individual actions can help control the damage. And collective action may lead to new safeguards.

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

Inequalities that exist before disasters tend to be exacerbated afterward, research shows. As it rebuilds, Houston – one of the most multicultural cities in the US – has the opportunity to break from this trend in a way that benefits its poor and immigrant communities, experts say.

Conservatives and conservationists find common ground on Chesapeake shores

To many Americans, conservatism and environmentalism are mutually exclusive ideologies. But to residents of Virginia's Middle Peninsula, the two go hand-in-hand.

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

When South Sudan declared independence, its tattered infrastructure presented enormous challenges, but also a strange sense of possibility. Now, renewed fighting has stalled attempts at nation-building – in a physical sense as well as a political one.

Apple thinks different – and the same – about the 'town square'

The company plans to turn its stores into community centers in yet another sign of how much the Digital Age creates new groupings even as it feeds a natural desire for connection and shared destiny.

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

The president is attending the opening of the General Assembly with roughly half the delegation brought by past administrations. Some might see a shrinking superpower. But Trump officials say the US can be more 'efficient' and still lead.

Transgender troops can temporarily re-enlist in the military

Pentagon continues its debate over how broadly to enforce a ban on transgender troops' service ordered by President Trump.

'Glass Houses' author Louise Penny talks about crime, conscience, and Canada

'There's a lot of fabulous Canadian crime fiction,' says Penny. 'Our mysteries are maybe more of a slow burn than others, but they're really worth discovering.'

St. Louis faces new wave of protests after police ruling

After the not guilty ruling for former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith peaceful protests turned violent overnight damaging property. Police arrested 80 people after crowds refused to disperse.

DACA defense: Dreamers take the Trump administration to court

The move to rescind DACA receives its first lawsuit as six DACA recipients move forward to defend former President Obama's executive action in court on the basis of violation of due process.

Mars simulation ends after eight months of isolation

Six astronauts have emerged after living more than half a year isolated in a Mars simulation laboratory at the base of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. The data will help NASA select the best candidates for the planned mission to Mars in 2030.

Turkey to overhaul school curriculum, triggering concerns politics will take precedence over science

A new 'values-based' program will recast more than 170 topics in the educational curriculum, from removing all direct references to evolution from high school biology classes to teachings about jihad or holy war in religion classes as the 'love of homeland.'

South Korea and US show strength ahead of UN General Assembly

As North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles, in opposition to UN sanctions, South Korea and the US stage military drills over the Korean peninsula. North Korea is expected to be a major topic of conversation at the upcoming UN General Assembly.

'Draft No. 4' is as lean and punchy as legendary author John McPhee's earlier work

The star attraction in McPhee's book on writing isn't the method but the man.

Giving action to empathy

The gravitation of trends in communication, culture, and transportation – all drawing us closer together – is irreversible. This calls for heaping bushels of empathy.

Ruth Walker, member of the Monitor family

Ms. Walker has passed on. Here's a brief bio and a link to some of her best columns.

Bangladesh must face the truth about the Rohingya exodus, Time for new thinking on North Korea, If the US and Russia settle, it will help the world, A fresh nuclear arms race?, How Kenya's Supreme Court election recall became a reality

A roundup of global commentary for the Sept. 18, 2017 weekly magazine.

Readers write: Overcoming fear, keeping treasures, county fair values

Letters to the editor for the Sept. 18, 2017 weekly magazine.

What to think of North Korea on Peace Day

One reason the United Nations is so focused on preventive diplomacy regarding North Korea is a growing emphasis on 'positive drivers' of peace. One example is the widening celebration of International Peace Day.

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

The Muslim minority group has been fleeing Myanmar for years. But military operations in response to a Rohingya militant group's attacks in late August have sent hundreds of thousands more to neighboring Bangladesh.