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The Government Does Some Things Well, Some Other Things Not So Well

February 11, 2019
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“The inmates were very agitated, very angry,” said a union head. “They banged on the doors and cursed.” Photo Credit: Yana Paskova for The New York Times

Sixty-five years of age is a good thing for some people in America. …

Good News and Not Such Good News in Global Health

February 8, 2019
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A school official taking a pupil’s temperature at a school in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo Credit: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

In many ways, life is improving across the world. Not everyone believes that. Take poverty. Americans think world poverty is getting worse. …

Venezuela Moves Closer to What?

February 6, 2019
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Juan Guaido, left, Venezuela’s opposition leader, and President Nicolás Maduro. Photo Credit: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

The regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro may be coming to an end. He is the successor to President Hugo Chávez who died …

News from Teheran

Iran’s Economy is in Free-Fall; Government Bans Walking Dogs

February 4, 2019
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Walking a dog.

The government of Iran faces huge problems at home. They do not stop officials from imposing rules that affect daily life.

The Economy

President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear agreement with Iran. He put …

E-Cigarettes Can Be a New Way to Quit Smoking

February 1, 2019
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E-cigarettes are nearly twice as effective as products like patches or gum, for quitting. Photo Credit: Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

Tobacco use causes about 6 million deaths worldwide each year. Without a change, deaths may reach 8...

Gandhi is a Historic Figure: Ignored or Exploited

January 30, 2019
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Gandhi on a train in 1940, wearing his trademark glasses and clothing made of homespun cloth. Photo Credit: Dinodia Photos, via Getty Images

Mahatma Gandhi stands with towering figures in history. He is the father of post-colonial India. It now …

Mexican Border: A Crisis or Just a Mess?

January 28, 2019
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Migrants sent back because of the new American policy would likely pass though the San Ysidro border crossing, Photo Credit: Mauricio Lima for The New York Times.

U.S. President Donald Trump said there was a crisis on the Mexican border. …

When is it Time to Stop Driving?

January 25, 2019
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Prince Philip talking with Queen Elizabeth II. Photo Credit: Steve Parsons/Press Association, via Associated Press

Prince Philip was at the wheel?

To the surprise of some Britons, he was. He is 97 years old. He was driving alone on a …

Afghanistan: Will Violent Attacks Bring Peace?

January 23, 2019
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Afghan men stand in front of a collapsed building of a military base after a car bomb attack. January 21, 2019. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Stringer REUTERS

A suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into an Afghan intelligence compound. It …


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