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Khashoggi case a reminder: US has limited influence with Saudis

When Saudi Arabia’s founder, Ibn Saud, and President Franklin Roosevelt entered an agreement in the waning days of World War II in 1945, they did so as equal partners forging an alliance of mutual interests. That equality explains a lot about the limits of U.S. influence experienced by American presidents since. After releasing the U.S. […]

Progress: Foldable solar cell breakthrough, and more

1. United States A Denver program that dispatches health care workers instead of police to respond to low-level, nonviolent incidents has completed its first six months. The Support Team Assisted Response program, or STAR, sent a mental health professional and paramedic to 748 incidents, including trespassing and welfare checks, none of which resulted in police […]

Britain’s older Caribbean immigrants get a taste of home

London Glenda Andrew pulls a tray of salmon from the oven, filling the community center’s kitchen with the aroma of garlic, cayenne, and lemon rising from its crackling skin. It is the scent of memory, of family dinners, and church socials – the warmth of the Caribbean in the middle of a gray English winter made […]

Behind vaccine doubts in Africa, a deeper legacy of distrust

For months, many African governments have struggled to secure vaccines in a system in which wealthy countries take the lion’s share, shining a spotlight on global inequalities. But as campaigns begin to roll out across the continent, a lingering issue of distrust is coming into sharp focus. The reasons vary. In South Africa, distrust of […]

Syria, after 10 years of conflict: No war and no peace

Viewed from afar, the Syrian conflict marking its 10th anniversary March 11 has ground to a stalemate. President Bashar al-Assad has neither completely won, nor lost. Despite Russian and Iranian backing, sizable parts of his country remain beyond his reach. But the situation on the ground is not static. Everywhere the humanitarian toll mounts. After […]

Why do schoolchildren in Nigeria keep getting kidnapped?

Gusau, Nigeria Hundreds of Nigerian girls abducted last week from a boarding school in the country’s northwest have been released, a state governor said Tuesday, as the West African nation faces a spate of school kidnappings. The girls, ages 10 and up, dressed in light blue hijabs and barefoot, packed into Zamfara state’s Government House […]

Is there justice in Germany for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?

Berlin An international media rights group has filed a complaint with German prosecutors against Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and four other top officials accusing them of crimes against humanity over allegations they were involved in the killing of United States-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, authorities said Tuesday. The German federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe told The […]

Myanmar police intensify violence against anti-coup protests

Yangon, Myanmar Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights official said it had “credible information” that 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded. That would be the highest single-day death toll among […]