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  • Social media's big lift after Nepal earthquake

    Instant communication through Google, Twitter, and Facebook allowed people in Nepal to help survivors of the earthquake in ways government could not. The Digital Age is turning victimhood into instant neighborhoods.

  • Protecting the purity of the Olympics

    As a rise in sports betting leads to more scandals, the International Olympic Committee must safeguard athletes from corruption and ensure fair competition. A new IOC hot line is one good step.

  • Body cameras can help police to perfect their work

    Recent shootings of black men have resulted in a rush to put body cameras on police as a way to 'catch them.' Yet recordings of police who handle difficult situations well would be the best result from 'body cams,' creating models to emulate.

  • Why Tsarnaev deserves the mercy of a life sentence

    The jury that convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing will start to decide his penalty on April 21. Choosing a life sentence will be an act of grace with a greater potential for deterrence than the death penalty.

  • What North Charleston can teach America (+video)

    The April 4 shooting of a black man in the South Carolina city evoked reactions of empathy, transparency, and swift justice. That helped keep the city calm and focused on solutions and unity.

  • Take fear-mongering out of US politics

    As presidential campaigns for the 2016 election start to demonize candidates, a study finds a sharp rise in American voters disliking those in opposing camps. This coarsening of society can end if politics stop relying on 'negative partisanship.'

  • Armenia's best use of a genocide's anniversary

    The dominant church in Armenia has used the 100th anniversary of the 1915-23 genocide to honor the victims in hopes this act of love will liberate Armenians from hatred toward the Turks. The canonization is one sign of both sides inching toward reconciliation.

  • A Moroccan fix to Europe's migrant crisis

    Once harshly criticized for its mistreatment of African migrants, Morocco has changed its view and now lays down a well-regulated welcome mat. If Europe did more of the same, fewer migrants would risk dangerous sea journeys with smugglers.

  • Chlorine attacks in Syria: Time to reassert a global ban

    As evidence mounts of Syria dropping chlorine gas bombs on civilians, the UN needs to act. On the 100th anniversary of the world’s first major chlorine attack, humanity must reaffirm a standard against such indiscriminate weapons. 

  • Why Obama needs a key tool for trade talks

    A new bipartisan bill in Congress would give the president special authority to negotiate trade pacts. Such economic measures are a vital means for peaceful cooperation between nations.

  • Putting Libya back together again

    As civil war saps and splits the North African country, leaders of rival groups are in talks aimed at forming a unity government. The UN-led talks require a patience in turning Libya's shared suffering into hope for a shared democratic vision.

  • Europe's urgent task of saving migrants

    A rapid rise in migrants trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean – with many not making it – requires the EU to overhaul its immigration policies and anti-migrant fears.

April 27, 2015

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Artist Kaya Mar poses for photographs with his painting entitled "Saint Kate" across the street from the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, Monday. Britain's Kate the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth to her second child with her husband Prince William at the hospital in the coming days. A small number...

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  • What North Charleston can teach America (+video)

    The April 4 shooting of a black man in the South Carolina city evoked reactions of empathy, transparency, and swift justice. That helped keep the city calm and focused on solutions and unity.

  • How to read the alphabet soup of global 'clubs'

    This week's summit of Western Hemisphere leaders reflects a churn in the membership of many multinational bodies – and a search for common values that endure against rising global challenges.

  • Kenya's unity against a terror tactic

    The unity of Kenya's Christians and Muslims in reaction to last week's slaughter of more than 140 Christian students sends a strong message against a terrorist tactic of division.

  • The heart of Iran's debate on a nuclear deal

    With a victory for its moderates in the 'framework' agreement, Iran and its Islamic Revolution may take a turn toward reform – or a less coercive brand of religion upon individual conscience.

  • A challenge to the fashion industry's body ideals

    French lawmakers tentatively approved a ban on ultra-thin models and have taken other steps that hint the fashion industry must rethink its influence over women's view of their individual worth. 

  • British election: a hunt for ingenuity

    As the campaign starts for a May 7 election, politicians debate Britain's need for innovation in business. Other countries should follow this British battle over how to boost productivity growth, which has been close to zero for years.

  • Nigeria's precedent for peaceful democracy

    One key to Nigeria's historic presidential election, in which an incumbent lost, was a peace committee that worked to mediate disputes and suppress violence. It set a model for the rest of Africa.

  • Lessons from Germanwings crash on mental disability

    The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane hid his mental problems from his employer. But did he need to? Better ways are needed to help the mentally disabled come forward and to treat them.

  • Forbearance and religious liberty

    The national storm over Indiana's religious freedom law at least pushes state lawmakers to now prevent another form of discrimination. Balancing rights and the interests of minorities requires forbearance and charity.

  • The frontline in liberating child soldiers

    The international war in Yemen comes after a surge in the recruitment of children by armed groups and the military. An end to the conflict must focus on renewing the UN's efforts to protect Yemen's teenagers from being pressed into battle.

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