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Both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama talked about the importance of advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in developing countries. "It is not simply the right thing to do. It is the smart thing to do," the State Department said in its 2017 budget request.

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Terrorists defying national borders, authoritarians clinging to power, increasing flows of desperate refugees: The next US president will inherit global challenges the standard foreign policy toolbox is ill-equipped to fix.

The winner in November could respond by doubling down on a transformative approach: a feminist foreign policy.

From Canada to Sweden and beyond, leaders are turning a gendered lens on their global strategies in the hopes of empowering women and advancing peace and prosperity.

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After months of organizing, the Nepali community celebrated a victory this week when the Department of Homeland Security extended a program that allows thousands of immigrants who fled the devastation of last year’s earthquake to continue to work and live legally in the United States.

Brazil says goodbye to its 'eternal captain'

5 hours ago
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Brazil has so much to worry about these days. An economy in recession, a political system in shambles, rampant corruption and a general sense of malaise — to name just a few of the country’s headaches.

And on top of all that, Brazilians are now coping with the loss of one of their greatest soccer heroes. (No, it’s not Pelé, he’s still around. And besides, you know there’s more to Brazilian soccer than Pelé, right?!)

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I have spent most of my life in the United States living in small towns: Charlottesville, Virginia; Brockway, Pennsylvania; Gambier, Ohio; South Bend, Indiana; and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Although beautiful, the cities where I have lived were not the most cosmopolitan. They didn’t have large communities of Indian immigrants, or immigrants in general.

Gael McKeon&nbsp;

This campaign season, an ad featuring Kaykay Amamgbo, the owner of Oakland's African Caribbean Food Market, has gotten a lot of exposure. As images of smiling customers and bins heaped with ripe tomatoes roll across the TV screen, Amamgbo warns of a proposed tax that would raise food prices and hurt the community.

"The last thing we need in Oakland is a tax on groceries," Amamgbo says.

Courtesy of&nbsp;Shehzil Malik

Shehzil Malik is a designer and illustrator living in Lahore.

Like many women in Pakistan (and elsewhere), each morning she plans what she’s going to wear based on what she thinks will attract the least amount of unwanted male attention — whistles, cat calls, stares.

The attention still comes, though. Malik got so fed up with her treatment that she drew an image symbolizing the struggle of Pakistani women who feel harassed in public spaces.

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At 12 years old, Nabila ur Rehman has become the keeper of her grandmother’s story.

Four years ago, Nabila was tending animals in the yard near her home in North Waziristan, close to the Afghan border — and on the frontlines of the remote US war against Islamic militants. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was picking okra nearby. Nabila heard a drone flying overhead. A US drone.

“All of a sudden I heard two shots,” Nabila recalled. “And then I saw my grandmother in pieces.”

Is Russia actually gearing up for war against the West?

20 hours ago

If you're living in Russia right now, you might think World War III is just around the corner.

Jason Margolis

A decade ago, Marwan Sweedan was performing surgeries in Iraq. At the time, his family was working with coalition forces, and they became targets.

“My dad got captured, kidnapped, tortured and killed,” says Sweedan.

He says doctors were also being marked, so he applied for refugee status and was later relocated to San Jose, California.

“Being a refugee is not something you plan for, you don’t wake up in the morning and go, ‘I’m going to be a refugee today.’ No, it just happened,” says the 37-year-old Sweedan. 

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Most people over a certain age remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, and have a story about that day. Fifteen years later, it's practically a cliche to call Sept. 11 a day when everything changed. But for the thousands of men and women who decided to join the US military after the attack, it really did change everything.

We reached out to our online community of veterans to hear their reflections on 9/11, why they joined up, and what's happened since.

Here's what they had to say. Their responses have been edited for clarity.

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Even by the grim standards of Syria’s five-year-old civil war, the news from Aleppo has been particularly shocking in recent days. 

Syrian military forces and their Russian allies appear to be trying to wipe out whatever remains of the opposition in the northern city with an intense bombing campaign. 

Erik Valebrokk&nbsp;

Most people can name just one work by Norway's most famous artist, Edvard Munch. It's "The Scream," of course, which is actually a series — four versions of a single composition. The paintings famously express raw emotion. It's pretty clear that emotion is unfiltered, gut-wrenching fear.

But there's much more to Edvard Munch than that.

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The photo of 6-year-old Sulome Anderson in a tiny red coat clutching her father's hand was beamed around the world in 1991.

Minutes earlier she'd met her dad, Terry Anderson, for the first time. 

The family was celebrating the release of Anderson, the Associated Press bureau chief in Beirut, after nearly seven years in the hands of Shiite radicals. 

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Aleppo resident Abdul Kafi Al Hamdo doesn't sleep for more than two hours at a time anymore. He's always restless.

"Every hour, every half-hour I get up," he says. "Sometimes I can't get back to sleep because of the sounds of shelling, rockets. But I have to make sure that my wife is OK, that my daughter is OK." 

The University of Aleppo English teacher can't shake his terror, even when his eyes are shut. 

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Vehicles on the streets of rebel-held eastern Aleppo do their best to avoid detection at night. These days that often means switching off car lights and traveling slowly through rubble in the dark.  

That's according to Dr. Farida, the only female obstetrician in this part of Aleppo. 

Reached via Skype in the besieged city, Dr. Farida says she usually walks to work because gasoline is in short supply. But Thursday evening the hospital sent a car for her.  

Jude Joffe-Block

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is one of the most controversial law enforcement officers in the United States. Now, his days may be numbered — thanks in part to an immigrant-led movement to oust him.

The strength of the movement was evident recently in a Phoenix parking lot, where about 500 volunteers gathered to knock on doors and persuade voters to oppose the Maricopa County sheriff. Organizers call this the biggest canvass to date against the sheriff, who has been in office nearly 24 years and is running in a tough re-election race.

We all know that you need water to make beer. After all, beer’s up to 95 percent water. But you also need water to grow the other stuff that’s in beer, like barley and hops. Hops are the flowers of a kind of hemp plant. They’re what gives beer its aroma and flavor.

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At a dimly lit welfare office in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, women like Akhtar Shaheen line up to file benefits requests and get their thumbprints scanned for a new biometric identification system. 

Shaheen, 40, has five children and needs money for asthma medicine and school fees. She says she wouldn’t be able to send two of her teenaged children to college without it.

The women at this center are among the 5.3 million in Pakistan who get $180 a year in small cash payments through the country’s biggest social safety net, the Benazir Bhutto Income Support Program.

Attackers kill dozens of sleeping cadets at Pakistani police academy in Quetta

Oct 25, 2016
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Suspected Islamic militants attacked a police academy overnight in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least 61 and wounding more than 100. Most of the victims were cadets.

“Three suicide bombers went in, all wearing suicide vests, and they opened fire,” says Kathy Gannon, an Associated Press special regional correspondent for Afghanistan and Pakistan. “There was a gun battle lasting four hours. One of them detonated his vest when the army arrived. A second one went to detonate his vest but before he could, he was shot. The third one was also shot.”

Isis Madrid

Last week we asked ninth-graders in Lawrence, Massachusetts, which gender issue is most important to fix around the world: violence against women, lack of literacy and education for women, or the lack of women in leadership and power positions.

The Lawrence High School Ninth Grade Academy participated in a Model United Nations event to determine which of these issues to spend $1 billion fixing. Across Women's Lives coordinated the discussion as part of our Balance of Power series.

The start of Randy Newman's latest song, "Putin," sounds a lot like the ominous beginning to "Citizen Kane."

The music video, published online Tuesday, begins in a similar way.

As the orchestra builds and the screen fades from black, the camera pans to reveal not a mansion, but — gasp! — the Kremlin.

Heavy piano ushers in a plodding, then boisterous melody. The lyrics are silly and satirical, just like the images they're timed to appear with.

US climate scientist killed in Antarctica accident

Oct 25, 2016
Adam LeWinter

We hear a lot these days about the big changes going on at the Earth's poles, as the ice caps there start to melt under rising global temperatures.

We hear less about the risks that scientists take in trying to understand these changes.

But we’ve just had a stark reminder of the dangers with the death of Gordon Hamilton. The 50-year-old glaciologist at the University of Maine died over the weekend during a research trip when his snowmobile plunged into a 100-foot crevasse on a glacier in Antarctica.

Daniella Cheslow

In east Jerusalem, one Palestinian activist used to have a dream: to bring Israeli police to his neighborhood. Then he was murdered. Now, the people of Shuafat refugee camp wonder whether sticking your neck out to make a change is worth it.

Baha Nababta grew up amid the jumbled concrete buildings that make up Shuafat refugee camp and its nearby neighborhoods. The Jordanians built this camp in the 1960s to house Palestinians who left their homes in Jerusalem, Ramle and Lod. After the 1967 Mideast War, the camp became the only Palestinian refugee camp in Israel.

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Bombs are raining down from the sky every day in Aleppo. 

When residents hear the buzz of planes overhead, most dash for cover.

But a group of volunteers, known as the "White Helmets," continue to rush toward the destruction. And these days it seems their work just doesn't stop. 

"The last few days were like hell," says 29-year-old White Helmet Ishmael Alabdullah. "We don't have any electricity in Aleppo city, the darkness is everywhere ... All that we have now is just bombing, bombing, bombing."