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East St. Louis has had it tough. But here’s how one woman celebrates the good.

After a Navy and civil service career, Charmaine Savage began publishing a top-notch magazine that highlights those making a difference in her hometown.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
How post-ISIS scramble for advantage in Syria raises risk of wider war

While outside powers that played large roles in the Syrian war show little desire for an enlarged conflict, their fierce rivalry in the war's 'most dangerous phase' poses an escalation threat, as recent violence demonstrated.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
More than glitter: How US women pin Nordic medal hopes on teamwork

American women used to be the also-rans in cross-country skiing, a sport dominated by Scandinavians. But by valuing each other’s unique contributions, they have become one of the top teams in the world.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
After the Olympics, war-torn families still hope for reunions

Families separated at the outbreak of the Korean War hope that thawing relations between the two Koreas will be enough to restart reunion programs with loved ones that live across the border. Many believe North Korea's outreach is serious this time.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
New online tool helps seafood companies fight slavery

Media reports of slavery in the fishing and seafood processing industries have prompted the creation of an online tool that allows companies to asses the likelihood of human rights violations throughout their supply chains.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
In Gaza, amid warnings of an explosion, a sense of abandonment

In overcrowded Gaza, jobs, food, water, and electricity are in short supply, with warnings that a collapse is imminent. The parties that seemingly would want to make a difference – Hamas, Fatah, Israel, and Egypt – haven't.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Israeli police recommend Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust

The recommendations now go to the attorney general, who will review the material before deciding whether to file charges. But the  prime minister could soon find himself facing calls to step aside.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Discovery becomes top media sports brand in Europe

The broadcaster will cover the Olympics in multiple languages to make them more accessible for the fractured European TV industry. It is also aiming for a 'younger, hipper vibe' to make the Games more appealing and relatable.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
South African parliament elects Ramaphosa as president

Following a parliamentary vote that opposition parties boycotted, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in on Thursday. Mr. Ramaphosa is now tasked with rehabilitating his party's fractured image.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Amid Kashmir's unrest, girls' sports are more than a game

Young Kashmiri sportswomen are pushing boundaries in everything from rugby to karate. It's a source of both empowerment and escape in a region where opposition to Indian rule often flares into violence.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Zuma resigns after deluge of scandals

South African President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation late Wednesday after mounting accusations of corruption. The South African parliament is expected to elect Zuma's replacement, Cyril Ramaphosa, by the end of the week.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Fighting sexism, India's police ask: When is 'women only' good for women?

A vicious gang rape in 2012 spurred a groundswell for reform to combat rampant harassment and gender-based violence. Some police have turned to all-female patrols and stations – but the approach has plenty of critics. Part 6 of Reaching for Equity: a global series on gender and power.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
America’s Olympic team: faster, higher, stronger for longer – with kids

Traditionally, many Olympians hang up their skates, skis, and sleds in order to have a family. Today, more teams are helping athletes balance parenthood and full-time training to extend their careers.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Consistency, wisdom explains older Olympians longevity

Olympians are increasingly competing into middle age, despite the idea that the Olympics are mainly a young person's game.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Women journalists push for a voice in Latin American media

The nonprofit Chicas Poderosas (Powerful Girls) aims to create an atmosphere of possibility for women in newsrooms across Latin America as an essential way to 'change the conversation' and expand focus on such stories as femicide and poverty. 

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Korean Olympic hockey parents find unified pride

Although suspicious of political posturing and angry to learn their South Korean daughters would share ice time with their northern neighbors these Olympic parents now see their athletes as 'marking a chapter in the history' of inter-Korean relations.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
UK unveils software to fight extremism online

The British government targeted online propaganda and fake news Tuesday with the release of new monitoring technology. The development contributes to mounting pressure on social media companies to further regulate what users see on their platforms. 

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
In atomized Britain, a collective push to tackle loneliness

Britons are more prone to social isolation than other Europeans, and researchers say the cost for society in lost productivity and poor health is rising. A new minister of loneliness is tasked with finding solutions. 

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She believes in teen parents and helps them stay in school

Nicole Lewis earned her college degree as a young mother. ‘I knew that other young parents could achieve the same success if they had the support and resources to get there,’ she says.

02/19/2018 03:36 PM
Off the slopes, Olympians look up and out for a larger cause

Olympians’ intense focus and self-sacrifice is key to reaching the highest levels of their sport, but leaves some hungry for a bigger purpose. Many competitors in Pyeongchang have embraced causes or relationships beyond their performance, looking for an even deeper sense of fulfillment.

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