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Meanwhile... In Iowa, three young Tanzanian visitors seem to have touched the hearts of residents

And in Morocco, 110 synagogues have been restored, while in Bolivia, Thailand, and Tunisia, women outnumber men as research scientists.

Finding virtue after a war crimes verdict

The conviction of the former Bosnian Serb commander brings justice to many, but also a lesson about equality – the very virtue needed for peace in the Balkans.

Now between two presidents, Zimbabweans dare to imagine 'an easier life'

After 37 years under President Robert Mugabe, the possibility of a more democratic future encourages many Zimbabweans. But others have more basic hopes for jobs and stability – a window into the economic ruin he leaves behind.

Attuned to temblors: How well can scientists forecast massive earthquakes?

Headlines portending a coming spike in devastating earthquakes ignited concerns this week. But seismologists say such forecasts work best when they spark action, not fear.

Teachers set aside politics to help students tackle economic inequality

For social studies instructors, how much they address economic disparities depends on their level of civic engagement, not their ideology.

Gary Oldman takes on the oft-played role of Winston Churchill for biopic 'Darkest Hour'

The film follows the prime minister after the 1940 election. Kristin Scott Thomas and Stephen Dillane co-star.

Spangly 'Coco' has moments as powerful as anything in the Pixar canon

The animation, under the direction of Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, doesn't quite expand into the full-blown magical realist lyricism that seems to have been intended.

This Thanksgiving I'm feeling grateful for my very first book

My library grows by the year, but it all started with Gumby.

In post-conflict Colombia, land-rights and funding for peacebuilding face off

Colombia's Constitutional Court overturned a 2001 law that gave the federal government ultimate say over where mining projects took place. It's a victory for local communities, but with the government in need of billions to bank roll peace programs, can it last?

'Gold Dust Woman' tells the story of rock icon Stevie Nicks

Devoted followers won't find major new stories in this biography by Stephen Davis, but it's certainly an exhaustive account.

My life of lists

I'm in good company as I cross off groceries, errands, books ...

How one school is rising above gang activity to find college success

Dogged by decades of low performance and gang violence, a Chicago high school reinvents itself with skills-based learning – and a motivated principal. Part 2 of 3.

From Texas to Congress: Will 'rare' friendship cost politicians their careers?

Democrat Beto O'Rourke and Republican Will Hurd of Texas bonded over an unexpected hit road trip earlier this year. But as elections draw near, this bipartisan friendship may not be charming voters.

Europe ponders prospect of life after Merkel

For more than a decade, Europe has been accustomed to relying on German leader Angela Merkel for strength and stability. But with her bid to form a new government in tatters, the continent may have to look elsewhere for leadership.

Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead film 'Coco' aims to shake up image of Mexico

The rich history of Día de los Muertos isn't always understood in the US, despite increasing popularity. The filmmakers' attention to detail has earned 'Coco' fans in Mexico, at a time when many say their country is reduced to stereotypes abroad.

From Texas to Congress: Will 'rare' friendship cost politicians their careers?

Democrat Beto O'Rourke and Republican Will Hurd of Texas bonded over a unexpected hit road trip earlier this year. But as elections draw near, their bipartisan friendship may not be charming voters.

After a 37-year run, Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned from power following the start of impeachment proceedings by his own party, ZANU-PF. Mr. Mugabe's former vice president is now poised to take power.

US to announce new sanctions on North Korea

The Trump administration will announce more sanctions to deprive Pyongyang of funds for its nuclear and missile programs after adding North Korea on the US terror blacklist.

Lion trophies: ban against imported lion parts has also been loosened by Trump administration

United States officials allowed importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport one month before President Trump reversed the ban on elephant trophies.

Insurers face new challenges after long series of natural disasters

Following a season of hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes around the world, customers and governments are facing rising insurance rates. Experts suggest that insurance companies should re-evaluate their repricing strategies as disasters become more common.

Temporary protected status ending for Haitians living in US

The Trump administration announced that in 2019 nearly 60,000 Haitians who have been living legally in the US with visas issued on humanitarian grounds must return to Haiti. TPS protections for Sudan and Nicaragua have also been terminated.

Nigeria experiences worst bombing of the year in former Boko Haram territory

Despite government assurances that Boko Haram is nearly defeated within Nigeria, a recent suicide bombing that killed 50 people has been attributed to the Islamist militant group.

Charlie Rose suspended from CBS and nightly PBS show cancelled

Following allegations of sexual misconduct against Charlie Rose, CBS has suspended and removed Mr. Rose from their morning news show and PBS has stopped distribution of his show. Rose issued an apology but asserted that some of the allegations were false.

A Thanksgiving lesson for the #MeToo movement

In starting the holiday during the Civil War, Lincoln sought not only to encourage gratitude but a humility to repent. The current civil strife over sexual wrongdoing will require similar penitence.

Gratitude and meeting needs

A Christian Science perspective: Gratitude guides us out of a limited, finite sense of supply and into a more expansive awareness of illimitable God, good, inspiring solutions that meet our needs.

Meet the 11-year-old inventor working to improve lead water testing

Spurred by the water crisis in Flint, Mich., Gitanjali Rao invented a device that makes testing for lead at home easier.

'Poems of Gratitude' assembles poetry of gratitude from around the world and throughout the ages

These poems remind us that gratitude is something we can celebrate every day of the year.

In these dark times, Hallmark Channel's golden glow beckons

For those weary of crises and violence in the news and on television, more people are turning to the Hallmark Channel's predictably happy endings.

As Hillary Clinton hovers, are Democrats moving on?

Opposition to President Trump has clearly energized Democrats – but the party is still facing a leadership vacuum and struggling to unite its disparate wings, as its former nominee remains controversially in the headlines.

Time to tally up Africa's progress in governance

Events in Zimbabwe point to a continental shift toward democracy, driven by a mass of young people demanding accountability.

Who shall be greatest?

A Christian Science perspective: So much good can be accomplished when we recognize our true brotherhood and imbibe the spirit of divine Truth and Love.

Amongst Bedouins, modern life blunts demand for ancient daggers

In Jordan, desert tribesmen have been using their shibriya daggers for centuries to cut their vegetables, shear their sheep, and kill their enemies. But modern lifestyles and Chinese imports are threatening the livelihood of the few blacksmiths who know how to make them.

How do the Pilgrims relate to immigrants today?

'However clichéd, says The Mayflower' author Rebecca Fraser, 'there is a good deal of truth in the Mayflower legend!'

A steady forward march for captive elephants

As public awareness of the plight of zoo elephants grows, policies are shifting, although not always as fast as advocates would like.

With rents soaring after fires, can Santa Rosa make room for middle class?

The Tubbs fire destroyed 3,000 homes, sending rents as high as $13,000 a month. The disaster has pushed officials and advocates to consider rebuilding in a way that accounts for the challenges that faced the region before the fires.

A billionaire wages war on poverty in Oklahoma

In Tulsa, Okla., philanthropist George Kaiser is mounting one of the most ambitious efforts in the US to help the poor.

'Bad moms' or women in need of help? Oklahoma rethinks view of female inmates.

Oklahoma's rate of incarcerating women is the highest in the US and more than double the average. Pushback is coming from reformers who decry the destabilizing effect on families, as well as fiscal conservatives alarmed by the rocketing prison bill.

Kenya's Supreme Court upholds election of Kenyatta

Despite protests from opposition, Kenya's top court reaffirms election results. Opposition leaders now call for international intervention, saying the repeat election was not conducted fairly and court justices were intimidated into support of the results.

Without needed votes White House may cut health care provision from tax code bill

After Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote is crucial, said that health care reform should be dealt with separately from the tax code, the White House may scrap its attempt repeal a component of the Affordable Care Act by attaching it to tax reform.

After German coalition talks fail, Merkel looks for a way forward

Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to form a three-part coalition and now faces an uncertain future for German politics. Political pathways could include a renewed effort to form a coalition between former political partners or a parliamentary vote for chancellor.

Former Bush staffers begin to reappear in Trump administration

As President Trump fills out the remaining gaps in his administration, a theme is emerging: experienced members of former President George W. Bush's team. Critics say this runs counter to his promise to shake things up in Washington.

Zimbabwe's president may face impeachment

President Robert Mugabe has refused to resign. After a weekend of protests against the longstanding president, Zimbabwe's parliament now looks to impeach Mr. Mugabe.

South Korea fears continued weapons development from North Korea

South Korean intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on their northern neighbor with suspicions that further missile tests by North Korea before year's end are likely. Political analysis also shows an internal overhaul of military officials within Pyongyang's government.

Grace Mugabe: Zimbabwe's first lady and her play for the presidency

Grace Mugabe rose from a shy typist to the politically ambitious second wife of President Robert Mugabe. Her push to be president in her own right may have contributed to her husband's downfall.

'The Thin Light of Freedom' is a Civil War history that explores the forging of modern America

Small towns throughout the Great Appalachian Valley changed hands many times during war, and as complicated a military picture as that presents, it represents an even more complicated political and social picture.

#RAKFriday17 and everyday acts of goodness

A Christian Science perspective: It's in everyone's nature to express, not just feel, God's infinite love.

How bats learn to 'talk'

Research shows that bats are capable of vocal learning, a trait once thought unique to humans.

True charity

Faith traditions have recognized that charity is more than simply the act of giving. It involves a deeper realization of the connections that bind us all. In giving, we receive. In loving without expectation of return, we learn what love is.

In Switzerland, a 161-year-old organization that champions animals

The Zurich Animal Protection Association lobbies to keep animals safe and manages its own shelter, which last year alone found homes for more than 400 furry friends.

The US and Japan must be open to talks with North Korea, Behind Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption drive, Analysts misunderstand Saudi Arabia's transformation, The Paradise Papers are an opportunity to improve law, Kenyatta must heal Kenya's wounds

A roundup of global commentary for the Nov. 20, 2017 weekly magazine.