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  • The International Criminal Court's docket in Africa

    With the confirmation of charges against four senior Kenyan leaders, there are now seven different countries where the International Criminal Court has filed charges of crimes against humanity. All of those cases emanate from Africa.

  • Top 12 best cars for the money

    Consumer confidence may be rising, but it still makes sense to watch every penny – especially with big purchases, like a new car. Although auto sales perked up in 2011, value is still the name of the game. U.S. News Best Cars spent months analyzing thousands of professional reviews, as well as reliability and safety data, to create the 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards. Here are the 12 most highly praised low-cost, low-maintenance models for 2012:

  • Verbal Energy After the holidays, so much to unpack!

    The Monitor's language columnist on the usefulness of the suitcase metaphor.

  • For Mitt Romney, it's likely to feel a lot hotter in South Carolina (+video)

    Coming off a decisive win Tuesday in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney leads the pack in South Carolina, polls show. But the state is not a natural fit for him, and some GOP rivals are on the warpath.

  • Thirty ideas from people under 30: The Social Media Stars

    They are explorers and activists, artists and educators, farmers and faith leaders – even mayors. And they have trenchant suggestions on how to improve the world.

  • The New Economy In budget battle, voters are the 'adults in the room'

    Politicians on both extremes think voters want stubborness in the budget battle. They're wrong.
    12/28/2011 09:00 am

  • Celebrity memoir quiz

    Hooray for childhoods! Without them, we'd have so much less to complain about as adults. And by adults, I'm referring to the only important folks in our world today: You, me, and celebrities. As you and I work on our multi-volume memoirs – you are writing one, yes? – perhaps we can learn a thing from the early lives of the stars. Luckily, several Hollywood types looked back upon their awkward younger days in books published in 2011. Can you match these memories and memoirs?
    12/26/2011 08:45 am

  • Reader recommendation: Of Thee I Zing

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.
    12/07/2011 05:05 am

  • The Vote New Ron Paul ad: Newt Gingrich guilty of 'serial hypocrisy' (VIDEO)

    Ron Paul's YouTube video blasting Newt Gingrich for 'serial hypocrisy' is making the rounds of social media today, viewed more than 172,000 times by late this morning and generating buzz.
    12/01/2011 01:03 pm

  • Opinion Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift sing a new message of girl power

    In July I drove 1,800 miles with only the radio to keep me company. What struck me were the overarching themes of female empowerment sung over the airwaves. Pop music is singing a new tune. Are girls taking the message to heart?
    11/25/2011 08:00 am

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Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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