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Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience

The same courage and determination that helped Murad escape from the Islamic State have driven her to travel to more than two dozen countries to tell her story, forcing the world to hear about the atrocities and demanding that ISIS be held accountable for its crimes against Yazidis.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Kenyan election board delays repeat election date

President Uhuru Kenyatta says the ruling of election by the Supreme Court is a 'coup' against the will of the people. 

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Uber loses its license in London, deemed not safe enough

London's transportation regulating body revoked Uber's license to operate today over concerns of safety and security, dealing a large blow to the company. With 40,000 drivers in the city, Uber has become serious competition for the city's iconic black cabs. 

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
How strongly is NATO ally Turkey pivoting to Russia and Iran?

President Erdoğan has taken steps that have alarmed his NATO allies. Until recently, Turkey has pursued policies directly opposed to those of Russia and Iran.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
The story behind DC Diaper Bank, a resource for parents

Eight years ago, when Corinne Cannon had her first child, she was surprised at just how hard parenting can be.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Beneath Germany's staid election, inequality stirs a 'moderate' populist revolt

Germany's economic success makes the political status quo seem unassailable. But for a growing number of Germans, jobs and the social safety net are growing more precarious, defying their basic sense of 'fairness.'

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Kurds head to the polls Monday for independence vote

Iraq's Kurdish population is planning a referendum vote for independence and the creation of a Kurdish state. Regional leaders fear the vote will bring more instability to the region and distract from the fight against the Islamic State. 

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Rohingya refugee camps swell to dramatic proportions

The UN and the US sent humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees, but it's not nearly enough for the 420,000 Muslims fleeing violent attacks, the UN says. 

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
What could Germany look like post-election?

Though Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to be reelected, it is unclear with whom she will rule. Germany's upcoming election could be an opportunity for an unlikely coalition to form.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Letter from Mexico: Lessons in a quake zone

Monitor correspondent Whitney Eulich was working at home on Tuesday, with her 11-month-old daughter downstairs, when a 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City. Two days later, she reflects on living with temblors, and the power of public support.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Is it the Kremlin’s turn to get WikiLeaked?

The online activist group this week leaked documents from a company that provides ‘solutions’ for Russian telecom giants and state agencies. The dump could signal new scrutiny of Russia from the long-time US bugbear.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
ISIS has planted a ticking bomb that is hard to defuse: traumatized children

Iraq hasn't enough mental health professionals to handle the legions of traumatized children who, because of ISIS, saw and did things they never should have. But if enough teachers can be found, schools could help put them on a path to healing.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
In Germany's east, populist vote finds root in reunification woes

The anti-immigration AfD party is set for its best-ever national election Sunday, largely due to its popularity in the former East Germany. There, voters say they were left behind during reunification – and resent efforts to integrate immigrants while they still feel like second-class citizens.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Pakistan breaks down gender barriers, one bike at a time

A new bike-sharing program has started up on a sprawling university campus in Islamabad. The goal was to reduce commute time, but it also brought an unexpected result: greater freedom for female students. 

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Amid Pyongyang’s nuclear threat, Seoul resumes humanitarian aid

President Moon says political circumstances should not dictate aid for pregnant women and children in North Korea. 

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Puerto Ricans vow to rebuild after Maria devastates the island

After the strongest hurricane hits Puerto Rico in more than 80 years, residents unite with aid workers for recovery efforts. 

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Remembering '85, Mexico City public leaps into quake rescue

On Tuesday, the capital held drills for the anniversary of its 1985 earthquake. Hours later, alarms went off again – but not for a drill. 'We've learned to jump in and help instead of waiting,' says a volunteer, one of many who rushed to help.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Kremlin frets as Russia's once restive Islamist region takes up political Islam

Strongman Ramzan Kadyrov was installed by Putin to squelch Chechnya's Islamist insurrection. But Kadyrov's adoption of sharia and political Islam in the region is challenging Russia's secular constitutional order.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Spain arrests Catalan officials as tensions over 'illegal' referendum rise

Catalan officials intend to move forward with its secession vote, spiking a tense standoff with Spanish authorities and drawing crowds protesting the arrests in Barcelona.

09/25/2017 04:32 AM
Volunteer efforts strengthen after devastating Mexico City earthquake

After a magnitude-7.1 earthquake shocked Mexico City, volunteers from all walks of life joined first responders to help clear debris and pull survivors from the rubble.

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