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In tricky US-Russia climate, citizen diplomats and scholars do the talking
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:41:30 -0400

In tricky US-Russia climate, citizen diplomats and scholars do the talkingWashington was swarming with Russians last week. It is, after all, a relationship that affects the entire planet, regardless of what emerges from an FBI investigation into connections between President Trump’s associates and Russia. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?


Why Trump rollback of Obama climate policies could be a long slog
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:36:14 -0400

Why Trump rollback of Obama climate policies could be a long slogWith a flourish of his pen Tuesday, President Trump promised a full-scale assault on the Obama administration’s signature climate-change initiative. Mr. Trump's executive order starts the process of scrapping Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which calls on states to reduce electric-utility emissions that scientists say are changing Earth’s climate. Instead, Trump wants to go all-in on expanding US energy jobs, notably in coal mining and fossil fuels. Recommended: Climate change: Is your opinion informed by science?


The view of Brexit from a city that voted to ‘Leave’
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:00:04 -0400

The view of Brexit from a city that voted to ‘Leave’It’s the UK City of Culture 2017, derelict buildings and dry docks are being refurbished, and a major wind turbine factory is on the rise. “The planets have never been more aligned,” says David Keel, chair of C4DI, a new incubator and co-working space in the waterside Fruit Market district. Going against the dominant narrative that “Brexit” towns are depressed and in deep regret, Hull has turned toward a hopeful future – for some because of Brexit, for others despite it.


A good defense against terrorist hate
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:36:19 -0400

A good defense against terrorist hateAs Islamic State loses its base in Iraq and Syria, its followers are taking territory elsewhere. One place is Egypt, which could provide the militant group with greater access to Africa. Since December, an ISIS-affiliated group in Egypt has adopted a tactic aimed at rallying Egypt’s Muslims to its side: It is killing Christians, which make up 10 percent of the population.


Britain's Royal Mint introduces 12-edged pound coin
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:35:39 -0400

Britain's Royal Mint introduces 12-edged pound coinCounterfeiting the British pound just got a whole lot harder. The change, which marks the first new coin out of the UK in three decades, comes as officials grapple with threats of fraud and counterfeiting, and the impact such activities can have on businesses and taxpayers. “This is a giant step forward to help stamp out counterfeit coins and save businesses and the taxpayer millions of pounds every year,” Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Baroness Neville-Rolfe said in a statement.


Podcast: Life as a teenage hacker
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:10:18 -0400

Podcast: Life as a teenage hackerPaul Vann is a chief executive officer and security researcher. The young leader of new cybersecurity company VannTechCyber, who was originally featured in Passcode's 15 under 15 rising stars of cybersecurity project, says other professionals often don't initially think his work is "as accurate or as credible" because he hasn't gone to college or even finished high school – and while that does intimidate him sometimes, he relies on the strength of his research to win them over.


US and other nuclear-armed states boycott UN meeting to discuss banning nukes
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:01:14 -0400

US and other nuclear-armed states boycott UN meeting to discuss banning nukesNegotiations for a treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons began in the United Nations on Monday. Most member states of the United Nations have said they wish for a world without nuclear weapons. Recommended: How much do you know about nuclear weapons?


White racist accused of fatal NYC stabbing charged with terrorism
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:54:25 -0400

White racist accused of fatal NYC stabbing charged with terrorismA white Army veteran accused of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old bottle collector and recycler on a Manhattan street last week simply because he was black was indicted on Monday on rare state charges of murder as terrorism. James Harris Jackson told the New York Daily News he attacked Timothy Caughman from behind, plunging a sword into his chest, as part of an effort to deter interracial relationships. In an interview from behind bars at Rikers Island, a New York City prison complex, Mr. Jackson told the newspaper he intended to kill numerous black men in order to send a message to white women.


Why the 'Fearless Girl' statue will stay put on Wall Street
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:34:11 -0400

Why the 'Fearless Girl' statue will stay put on Wall StreetThe 50-inch bronze "Fearless Girl" statue, which currently stands in front of Wall Street's famed "Charging Bull" sculpture, will be allowed to stay – at least until February 2018. The statue was installed on the eve of International Women's Day earlier this month as a commentary on the lack of gender diversity in the workplace. Initially, the statue was supposed to stay facing down the bull for a week, but in light of the popularity of the figure, the permit allowing the temporary art installation to stay was extended until April 2.


Attorney General Sessions escalates threats against sanctuary cities
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:22:05 -0400

Attorney General Sessions escalates threats against sanctuary citiesAttorney General Jeff Sessions ramped up threats to so-called sanctuary cities Monday, saying the government would take "all lawful steps to claw-back" federal funding awarded to cities that do not fully comply with federal immigration enforcement. President Trump signed an executive order that intends to deny funding to cities that refuse to share immigration status information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and to detain undocumented immigrants who commit nonviolent crimes.


Why is someone trying to shutter one of Russia's top private universities?
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:19:05 -0400

Why is someone trying to shutter one of Russia's top private universities?Generally, prestigious private universities with hundreds of students don't get shut down over fairly minor, six-month-old technical issues that have since been resolved. What appears to be on full display is a hallmark of the Vladimir Putin-era: a new brand of domestic "lawfare," in which state-run courts enforce political conformity through legal pretexts. One illustrative recent example is a local court's upholding of an embezzlement conviction against opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which has the collateral effect of barring him from running in presidential elections that are about a year away.


Pelosi, Schiff call for Nunes recusal from Russia probe
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:17:47 -0400

Pelosi, Schiff call for Nunes recusal from Russia probeThe top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says Chairman Devin Nunes (R) of California should step down from an investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian officials after it was revealed that Nunes met secretly with a source last week on the White House grounds. The committee is conducting an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and ties between Mr. Trump’s campaign staffers and Russian officials, similar to an investigation launched by the Senate intelligence committee.


More than 1,000 arrested in Belarus protests against 'parasite law'
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:32:18 -0400

More than 1,000 arrested in Belarus protests against 'parasite law'A human rights group said more than 1,000 people were arrested across Belarus over the weekend, as another wave of unsanctioned protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko reached the streets of Minsk and other cities. Vesna told the Associated Press that about 150 of those arrested have been sentenced to jail terms of up 25 days. The demonstrations against a leader who has been described as Europe's last dictator started last month when frustration over a tax against the unemployed boiled over and 2,000 protesters gathered in opposition to the $250 annual tax locally known as the “law against social parasites.” At the start of 2017, the average monthly salary was $380.


A model for anti-corruption Russians
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:39:57 -0400

A model for anti-corruption RussiansOf all the former states in the Soviet Union, according to a global ranking, Russia remains one of the most corrupt. What stirred the thinking of so many Russians to envision an honest and accountable government? While President Vladimir Putin remains popular, the focus of the protests was his prime minister and protégé, Dmitry Medvedev.


'Sundown towns': Midwest confronts its complicated racial legacy
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:01:53 -0400

'Sundown towns': Midwest confronts its complicated racial legacyAfter all, there aren’t many people around town who look like Mr. Cooper, who is African-American. According to the 2010 United States Census, 97 percent of Utica, Ohio, identifies as white. Recommended: Uffda! How well do you know the Midwest?


Humongous gold coin stolen from Berlin museum
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:59:38 -0400

Humongous gold coin stolen from Berlin museumThe “Big Maple Leaf,” a 221-pound gold coin estimated to be worth $4 million, was stolen from a Berlin museum in the early hours of Monday morning. Thieves are suspected to have broken into the Bode Museum in the German capitol at 3:30 a.m. and made off with the oversized Canadian coin, which measures about 21-inches wide and is more than an inch thick. It is disputed whether that title should go to the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa or the 1990 robbery of 13 masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.


Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 15 days in jail
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:41:27 -0400

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 15 days in jailVocal Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny is facing a 15-day jail sentence after organizing protests in Russia on Sunday that decried government corruption and led to some 1,000 arrests. Mr. Navalny was found guilty of disobeying a police officer at a Moscow protest, and fined for organizing the demonstrations, which Russian authorities say were illegal. One of the most vocal critics of the current government and corruption, Navalny organized the demonstrations to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who he claims used government funds for personal expenses.


Will GOP's tax reform prove easier than health care?
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:20:06 -0400

Will GOP's tax reform prove easier than health care?The Republican Party couldn’t repeal and replace Obamacare like it promised. Still smarting from that setback, the GOP is turning to another daunting issue: tax reform.


Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential elections
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:40:50 -0400

Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential electionsBy staging significant protest actions in almost 100 Russian cities Sunday, Alexei Navalny has laid down a serious challenge to Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin has the means to prevent him, by invoking a criminal conviction, recently upheld by a regional court, that could bar him from running for office. It has been standard procedure under Mr. Putin's brand of "managed democracy" to cull the ballot, using various pretexts, to ensure that independent challengers are kept out and results are tailored to match the authorities' expectations.


Under anti-EU pressures, Europe's advocates find their footing
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:31:36 -0400

Under anti-EU pressures, Europe's advocates find their footingA rollicking celebration to revel in the European Union’s 60th birthday this weekend in Rome would have rung off-key. Populists are riding a wave of Euroskepticism almost everywhere, while even top leaders of the EU have wondered if the postwar project has a future. Recommended: How much do you know about the EU?



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