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  • Europe's great rethinking

    Whichever direction Europe now takes, a crucial achievement should not be overlooked: It is making its choice without war or repression.

  • A determination to improve

    Gang activity remains one of few areas of crime that have not fallen in recent decades. But progress is being made -- step-by-step, life-by-life.

  • A time to acknowledge our oneness

    Even in the hypercompetitive, win-at-all-costs world of congressional politics, there's a safe space where members of both parties can unite.

  • Breaking down mental walls

    Racial integration in the United States remains unfinished business -- both in society and in the hearts of many Americans.

  • An imperfect, important approach

    Many factors can be involved in suicide. Both pro- and anti-gun people increasingly understand that a firearm in a house doesn't help.

  • Protecting the internet's purpose

    Like every paradigm-shifting technology, the internet has evolved quickly from interesting to essential. Security failures are not an option.

  • Thinking through 'fortification'

    Walls can keep people, goods, and contraband at bay. But walls are only a temporary measure. Real security requires much more than a barrier.

  • Getting smarter about water

    Water management has always been important. With 2 billion more people arriving on our planet by mid-century, water management will be crucial.

  • Perspectives that bring change

    Politics has always been contentious. People differ. Beliefs differ. But the orderly process of democracy deserves support that supercedes politics.

December 3, 2016

Photos of the weekend

Saint Nicholas poses with students during a traditional parade in central Brussels, Belgium, Saturday.

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