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  • How Europe, US can solve Internet privacy

    Europe’s highest court ends an agreement that allows data to flow freely between the EU and the US. Both sides must now find ways to build trust into data collection and lower fears of a loss of privacy.

  • Europe’s hopes for fewer Greek tax dodgers

    In a key election, Greeks returned Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to power knowing he must implement one vital reform demanded by the EU: a curb on tax evasion. This will take more than tough enforcement.

  • The road ahead for VW after its emissions deception

    Now that the world knows of Volkswagen’s deception about the emissions of its diesel cars, it should follow the model of reform of another German engineering giant, Siemens, after it was caught in a corruption scandal.

  • Why Syrian refugees don’t flee to Islamic State caliphate

    The image of Syrians escaping to the West undercuts just one of Islamic State’s false narratives. The group’s many errors are eroding its allure, say defectors, hastening its demise. Containment by the West may be as effective as drones.

  • Next up as a region of peace: Asia

    As China and Japan shift their military postures, Asia must follow other regions that seek to become ‘zones of peace.’ It has a model in ASEAN, a body in Southeast Asia that for decades has presumed peace as the norm.

  • The wafting influence of nonsmokers’ rights

    The number of nonsmokers worldwide keeps rising, a result in large part of a focus on the right to clean air. A basic freedom to breathe more easily helps many people to either quit smoking or not start up at all.

  • Lessons from UN development goals

    For its 70th anniversary, the UN adopted new social and economic goals for 2030, building on the successes of goals set for 2015. Expecting good results seems to be working, although Africa offers critical lessons.

  • How colleges can measure up in teaching ‘critical thinking’

    A new project shows professors can design ways to assess the success of colleges in teaching ‘critical thinking skills.’ Yet early results show students need colleges to better produce that important ‘learning outcome.’

  • The best answer to commercial cybertheft

    The US-China summit last week produced an agreement on tackling commercial cyberespionage. The pact will only succeed if Chinese leaders now understand their people are quite capable of generating creative ideas, more so than stealing from others.

October 6, 2015

Photos of the Day 10/06

Actress Gwendoline Christie presents a creation by designer Iris van Herpen as part of her Spring/Summer 2016 women's ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris, France on Tuesday.

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