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  • South Korea’s summit aim: Prove talk with Kim is worth the while

    At a much-scrutinized event Friday – where even the timing of the handshake has been negotiated in advance – a North Korean leader will sit down with his South Korean counterpart for only the third time in history. For South Korea's Moon Jae-in, the summit is a crucial chance to prove engagement doesn't mean appeasement. 

  • Low unemployment, but US job-market challenges still linger

    Even with a strong economy, many Americans have grown detached from the job market. It's sparked a rare bipartisan moment: a focus on getting Americans back into the workforce. As economist Isabel Sawhill puts it, “Work provides self-respect and a sense of well-being and makes for healthier communities.”

  • What its cool stance on Armenian unrest says about Russia’s outlook

    Does the Kremlin really fear democracy, as some have claimed? Russia's calm response to the "color" revolution going on in Armenia suggests not. Past Russian concern about revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia really probably was about NATO.

  • Why reform bid, now withdrawn, ignited long-docile Nicaragua

    Nicaragua's revolutionary leader, Daniel Ortega, is suddenly facing his own revolution. Long seen as compliant in the face of increasing authoritarianism, the country has been roiled in the past week by protesters who refuse to back down until new elections are held. One key age group: People too young to remember the Sandinista revolution that brought Mr. Ortega to power.

  • On Film

    Our critic’s take: Three must-see movies for April

    Peter Rainer does some real genre-jumping in his monthly best-of roundup. His picks include a story about a boy and his horse, a documentary that explores China’s Cultural Revolution in the context of three other radical late-’60s movements, and a horror film that innovates its way far beyond the standard scarefest. 

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