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Kavanaugh hearings: Does panel need 'protocol' for sexual assault allegations?
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:02:30 -0400

Kavanaugh hearings: Does panel need 'protocol' for sexual assault allegations?Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least this much regarding the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court: It’s a mess. Republicans complain of Democrats’ 11th-hour leaking of a bombshell development and of delay tactics. Democrats complain of Republicans railroading their nominee and of unfair treatment of Prof. Christine Blasey Ford.


Green light for reform of UN’s blue helmets
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:18:15 -0400

Green light for reform of UN’s blue helmetsWorld leaders, including President Trump, gather at the United Nations next week to tackle a host of issues. Many involve nonstate militants with little respect for the lives of UN soldiers or civilians. The big powers, too, disagree more often on when peacekeepers are needed or add too many mandates to a mission.


In struggle over Ukrainian Orthodox communion, a political hornet’s nest
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:07:02 -0400

In struggle over Ukrainian Orthodox communion, a political hornet’s nestFor decades, Orthodox leaders have been at odds over where the loyalties of clergy in Ukraine should lie: in Moscow, or within Ukraine’s own borders. While deeply meaningful to religious authorities, it is the sort of complicated detail that ordinarily would be of interest to few outside Orthodox circles. Encouraged by the government in Kiev, Orthodox leaders in Ukraine are attempting to create a national church by severing the ties of many Ukrainian Orthodox churches to their traditional spiritual headquarters in Moscow.


N.C. hog farmers caught in conundrum: US loves pork, but not Big Pork
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:41:29 -0400

N.C. hog farmers caught in conundrum: US loves pork, but not Big PorkIn Mr. Carter’s view, the fact that only 23 lagoons became inundated and 31 have overtopped is a sign of farm ingenuity in a state with 3,300 such lagoons across more than 2,000 farms. “We need an atta-boy for the job we’re doing,” says Carter. “The focus on pigs is because they are more regulated, they are more visible, and they can stink, there’s no doubt about it,” says North Carolina State University environmental engineer John Classen, who focuses on the waste chain.



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