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Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2024

Gangs have taken over Haiti. Schools must educate anyway.
Haiti has dealt with decades of political turmoil and natural disasters. Although there hasn't been an uninterrupted academic year since 2017, schools here embody hope for a stabler future.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2024

How Lebanese escape Hezbollah-Israel fight, a war beyond their control
Nonbelligerents in war often pay a very high price in the violent disruption of their lives. In Lebanon, the children, perhaps, can be entertained and distracted in the moment, but adults are all too aware of the value of what has been lost.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2024

Just say no. European parents band together for smartphone-free childhoods.
Parents across Europe are uniting to delay smartphone use in children, citing safety and mental health concerns, with support from grassroots movements, schools, and government initiatives.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2024

Beneath an offshore wind farm in Denmark blooms seaweed and mussels for harvesting
The largest wind farm off Denmark's east coast opened in 2023 and delivers energy to Denmark and Germany. But researchers realized it has other potential, too: an underwater seafood farm growing seaweed and mussel crops.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 21, 2024

There were only 62 mature Iberian lynx in 2001. Now, there's over 2,000 of them.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on June 20 the brown feline species is no longer endangered, after numbers rebounded from 62 mature individuals in 2001 to more than 2,000 adults and juveniles now.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 20, 2024

Working-class ‘red wall' voters decided the last UK election. How do they feel now?
In 2019 elections, Britons living in "red wall" constituencies helped lift the Conservatives to victory. Now, they may decide the election again.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 20, 2024

When does self-defense cross a line? Outcry over Israel in Gaza mounts.
Debate grows about what level of civilian casualties in Gaza is justifiable in international law, raising fundamental ethical and political questions.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 20, 2024

Climate activists vandalize jets and Stonehenge as summer travel soars
Two activists from Just Stop Oil were arrested at London Stansted Airport for spray-painting private jets orange, following a similar incident at Stonehenge. The group aims to end fossil-fuel use by 2030, using nonviolent protests.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 20, 2024

Russia and North Korea ink historic deal. What are the ramifications?
Russia and North Korea have signed a pact mandating mutual aid in the event either country is attacked. It's the "strongest deal" between the two nations since the Cold War.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 18, 2024

French athletes avoided talking politics. The rise of the far right changed that.
Kylian Mbappé and other top French athletes, many of them Black, are breaking a taboo against talking politics to urge fans to vote against the extreme right.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 18, 2024

If the far right wins France's elections, what would that actually mean?
Emmanuel Macron's call for snap elections has flustered the French, as the prospect of a far-right government is now real. What is actually at stake?

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 18, 2024

Philippines, China on collision course in disputed South China Sea territory
The collision of a Chinese vessel and a Philippine supply ship near the disputed Spratly Islands on June 17 is yet another incident among increasingly frequent and direct confrontations between China and its neighbors surrounding the South China Sea.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 18, 2024

From museums to monasteries, saving art amid climate change
Progress roundup: Museums use less air-conditioning, monasteries are being cared for by local conservators, and the "Yosemite of South America" is sold to conservationists.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 18, 2024

A historic moment for Thailand: Senate approves same-sex marriage bill
Thailand's Senate majority voted to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriages. It just needs the king's endorsement. Thailand would become the first country in Southeast Asia and the third in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 17, 2024

In Pokrovsk, Ukraine, a rose is a rose - and a sign of resilience and hope
Amid the trials of a long and ugly war, where can people turn for the tranquility and beauty that restores their spirit? Sometimes the solution is right at hand, in parks and private gardens, as the rose lovers of Donetsk, Ukraine, can attest.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 17, 2024

In South Africa, ANC holds out its hand to strongest rival
For the first time in nearly 30 years, South Africa's new government will include Black and white leaders, representing different economic priorities.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 17, 2024

Germans can now be dual citizens. But will society treat them like they belong?
Those born in Germany of foreign descent have had to choose between their heritage and their native land. Now Berlin is addressing that dilemma.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 17, 2024

Deaf students in Nigeria boost their coding skills - and their self-esteem
A Nigerian nonprofit trains children and young adults who are deaf in computer programming and robotics.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 14, 2024

More than a strongman? In India, coalition politics will be Modi's third-term test.
For India's new coalition government to last, experts say Prime Minister Narendra Modi must find ways to temper his party's Hindu nationalism and compromise on other key issues.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 14, 2024

Why Iranian hard-liners are allowing a reformist candidate for president
Iran's leadership sees every election as a referendum on its legitimacy. But as hard-liners have sought to solidify their control over the levers of power, political apathy has set in, and voter turnout has fallen.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 13, 2024

Almost no one recognizes the Taliban. But Russia appears set to start.
Much of the world regards the Taliban as outlaw rulers of Afghanistan. But Russia appears set to recognize them, in the interest of domestic security.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 13, 2024

Protesters and police collide after Argentine president's spending cut passes Senate
Argentina President Javier Milei's proposal to cut state spending and strengthen his power was barely approved on June 13 by the Senate. Thousands of protesters gathered outside Congress, and federal security pushed back with tear gas and water cannons.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 13, 2024

How the G7 plans to tap frozen Russian assets to fund a massive Ukraine aid package
G7 leaders have agreed to a $50 billion loan for Ukraine, backed by profits from Russia's frozen $300 billion assets in the central bank. The funds could reach Ukraine by the end of the year.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 12, 2024

For this housewife-turned-commander, the Ukrainian battlefield is the place to be
War is often portrayed as a man's world. But in Ukraine, women like drone commander Ananda are providing leadership with their own unique expertise.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 12, 2024

‘This is not our war.' Lebanese Christians caught between Hezbollah and Israel.
It's a recurring theme in warfare: the plight of noncombatant civilians caught in the crossfire. In southern Lebanon, Christian villagers say Hezbollah's tactics make them vulnerable to destructive Israeli salvos.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 12, 2024

How hard is it to root out corruption? Ask Guatemala's new president.
Guatemala's leader rose to power on a pledge to clean up corruption. He's learning that it takes more than just political will and popular support.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 11, 2024

European elections were supposed to be the far right's day. But the center held.
Going into European Parliamentary elections, most expected big gains for the far right. But it didn't gain that much, and continuity ruled the day.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 11, 2024

Pakistan's army buried Imran Khan with legal cases. The courts are digging him out.
With one of the three major cases against former Prime Minister Imran Khan overturned, Pakistanis are now reckoning with what the popular but divisive leader's release would mean for the country.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 11, 2024

The Soviets stifled volunteerism in Russia. Torrential flooding may be reviving it.
The idea of volunteers organizing to help in a crisis is not new in the West. But when it happened amid recent massive flooding in Russia, it was a surprise.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 11, 2024

Rishi Sunak vows tax cuts as UK Conservatives fight to close polling gap
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is urging UK voters to support the Conservative Party in the upcoming July 4 election, promising tax cuts. Despite trailing Labour in polls, Mr. Sunak is emphasizing the party's economic policies to regain voter confidence.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 11, 2024

Filipino pride shines in global Philippine Independence Day celebrations
Philippine Independence Day, celebrated globally on June 12, marks the nation's autonomy and reflects the cultural pride and flourishing of the Filipino diaspora.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 10, 2024

Why Israeli relief over hostages' rescue from Gaza was short-lived
Pure joy swept Israel Saturday after the electrifying news that four hostages had been brought home to safety from Gaza. But within hours, the unresolved questions raised by the war against Hamas had reasserted themselves.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 10, 2024

No Caitlin Clark? How US Olympic basketball teams are chosen.
In an Olympic year, difficult choices are often made about who participates on the U.S. basketball teams. How do officials balance ability and chemistry among players vs. popularity?

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 10, 2024

Where the wildflowers grow ... in a Ukrainian war zone
When a Ukrainian dam blew up a year ago, floods destroyed homes and farmland across swathes of the south. But nature is reclaiming its rights.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 10, 2024

In South Africa, curbing violence starts with showing boys their potential
A program for teenage boys in South Africa is teaching them how to become defenders of women, rather than perpetrators of violence against them.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 10, 2024

Key takeaways from the 2024 EU parliament elections
The European Parliament elections June 6 through 9, saw major shifts. President Emmanuel Macron's party in France faced a defeat, Germany's ruling coalition lost ground, and Italy's far-right gained influence.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 10, 2024

Frozen treats and heroic efforts: Mexico helpers team up to save animals from extreme heat
Amid Mexico's heat wave, state-run zoos and nongovernmental groups are providing popsicles and air conditioning to animals. Much of the impact on wildlife is being felt in central and southern Mexico. "This had never happened before," said a park veterinarian.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 10, 2024

The end of globalization? US protectionism points to a shift.
Developed countries are adopting protectionist economic policies that slow globalization. But the force that shaped the modern world is not yet spent.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 07, 2024

In Ukraine's south, marines are waging a grueling battle that could decide the region
Initially seen as a launching point to reclaim Crimea, the east bank of the Dnieper River is now a bastion against Russian incursion into Kherson.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 07, 2024

Vancouver needs homes. Local First Nations have plans on how to provide them.
Indigenous people have long been relegated to the sidelines in Canada. Now some First Nations are getting a chance to shape Vancouver's development.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 06, 2024

As EU elections near, migrants surge again at Poland-Belarus border
Poland accuses Belarus and its ally Russia of pushing migrants toward the EU, sometimes as many as 400 a day. Poland claims that this is part of Moscow's plan to disrupt the EU just before the elections.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 06, 2024

Israeli strike draws condemnation. US issues urgent call for Gaza cease-fire.
Israel hit a U.N. site in Gaza where civilians were taking shelter. It said it was targeting Hamas fighters hidden inside. Some 40 were reported killed, including women and children.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 06, 2024

CEO pay soars to new heights leaving worker wages behind
The typical chief executive compensation package for S&P 500 companies jumped nearly 13% last year. It would take a worker in the middle of a company's pay scale almost 200 years to make their CEO's annual salary at half the companies surveyed.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 06, 2024

Islamists target northern Mozambique - especially the children
Now in its seventh year, an Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique has reshaped the childhoods of a generation. Eight-year-old Ismael is among them.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 05, 2024

Once a seaside getaway, Gaza ‘safe zone' now feels like a polluted prison
Palestinians seeking to survive the Israel-Hamas war have spent eight months looking for safety. Now displaced Gazans describe  overcrowded and filthy Al-Mawasi - once a dream vacation destination - in nightmarish terms.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 05, 2024

Europe is set to pick a new Parliament. Here's why the far right will likely do well.
The far right has been making political gains across Europe. This weekend's European elections could set a modern high-water mark for its influence.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 05, 2024

Italy and Albania have an unusual agreement to shelter migrants. Could it inspire other nations?
Albania is building two migrant centers to shelter asylum-seekers rescued from international waters each month, giving Italy time to review their cases. The agreement is based on gratitude for Italy's role in protecting Albanians after the fall of communism.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 04, 2024

Even before his latest victory, Modi was reshaping India. These numbers show how.
With India's weekslong election over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's last two terms can offer insight into the incoming government's economic, infrastructure, and welfare agenda - and the future of press freedom in India.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 04, 2024

The Paralympics are coming to Paris. Will Paralympians be able to get around?
The Olympics aren't the only event coming to Paris this summer. So are the Paralympics, and the city is trying to change how the French see accessibility, so that athletes and visitors with disabilities can feel welcome - now, and in the future.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 04, 2024

Sidelined in Gaza war, Hezbollah fighters yearn for victory over Israel
What does Lebanon's Hezbollah want? Against the religion-infused backdrop of a commander's funeral, fighters from the Shiite militia embrace martyrdom and speak of the high price they and their families are willing to pay to defeat Israel.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 04, 2024

British women were banned from World War II combat. Read how they helped win the war.
As the 80th anniversary of D-Day approaches on June 6, hundreds of thousands of women who worked behind the scenes in crucial non-combat jobs for the Allied forces are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 04, 2024

They had never seen the ocean. Then climate change made them fishermen.
In Mauritania, climate change has fueled a mass migration of livestock herders to the coast, where they have forged a new life as fishermen.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 03, 2024

Amid isolation over Gaza, Israelis grapple with ‘becoming outcasts'
Both sides in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza are seeking international empathy. In Israel, a growing sense of global isolation is fueling both support for the hard-line government and a feeling of abandonment.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 03, 2024

South Africa heads for a coalition government. Why that's a win for its democracy.
After a historic election, South Africa's ruling African National Party must form a coalition government for the first time.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 03, 2024

A container ship that runs on batteries, and crime fighting for trees
Fighting crime and climate change, scientists develop new way to detect illegal timber. Plus, the world's largest battery-powered container ship sets sail.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 03, 2024

Mexico elects its first female president. Her real challenges lie ahead.
Mexico's new female president is walking a crossroads with her nation. Lifted by the popular economic policies of her predecessor and riding a wave of enthusiasm for women's rights, she faces enormous challenges ahead.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 03, 2024

On the 35th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, commemorations live on overseas
As China quashes large-scale commemorations of the 35th anniversary of Beijing's June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown within its borders, overseas commemorative events have grown increasingly crucial to foster hope and counteract aggressive censorship efforts.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 03, 2024

Korean peace deal pops as trash-filled balloons sour border relations
In response to North Korea's launch of trash-carrying balloons, South Korea says it will suspend a rapprochement deal between the two states - and blast foreign news and K-pop songs across the border.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 02, 2024

Election Deadlock: South Africa's President Pushes for Common Ground
South Africa has announced its final election results that confirm no party won a majority, and unprecedented coalition talks are starting to find a way forward for Africa's most advanced economy.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 02, 2024

Energy shutdowns hit Ukraine after Russian attacks target infrastructure
Ukraine has imposed emergency power shutdowns in most of the country a day after Russia unleashed large-scale attacks on energy infrastructure and claimed it made gains in the eastern Donetsk province. Attacks on Ukraine's power grid in recent weeks have forced the government to institute rolling blackouts.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 01, 2024

Rising sea levels force relocation of Panama's coastal villages to mainland
This island village is the first of Panama's 63 island villages expected to relocate due to rising sea levels in the coming decades. Generations have adapted their lifestyles to the ocean, but now the village is relocating into a housing community built by the government on the mainland.

Christian Science Monitor--world
Jun 01, 2024

Amid a floundering economy, Venezuelans prepare to migrate if Maduro is reelected
As the Venezuelan presidential election nears, incumbent President Nicolás Maduro has changed his tune on immigration. Mr. Maduro's shift may have come too late for many Venezuelans, who say a poor quality of life is forcing them to leave.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 31, 2024

Kharkiv hails Biden OK to strike Russia: ‘We've been waiting'
Throughout the war in Ukraine, a recurring theme has been Kyiv's gratitude for U.S. military aid tinged with impatience over its timeliness. President Biden's decision to allow some use of U.S. weapons against targets in Russia fits the pattern.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 31, 2024

Kharkiv hails Biden's OK to strike inside Russia: ‘We've been waiting'
Throughout the war in Ukraine, a recurring theme has been Kyiv's gratitude for U.S. military aid tinged with impatience over its timeliness. President Biden's decision to allow some use of U.S. weapons against targets in Russia fits the pattern.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 31, 2024

With a fusion of tradition and hip-hop, a ‘Punjabi wave' sweeps Canada
Music can make a community feel heard. The rise of "Punjabi wave" music is helping the Indian diaspora in Canada feel recognized in a new way.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 31, 2024

Some Ukrainian soldiers are struggling with a personal foe: gambling addiction
Soldiers do what they can to relieve the stress of the battlefield. For some Ukrainian troops, that has meant gambling - and gambling addiction. Now the government is trying to help them get back control.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 31, 2024

South Africa's ANC may need to partner up. Who will they choose?
For the first time in South Africa's democratic history, the African National Congress is posed to lose its majority. The ANC may be forced to form a coalition with some of its larger, rival parties.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 31, 2024

‘Our legacy of development': Obrador's Maya Train weakens rare cave ecosystems
President López Obrador's Maya Train initiative aims to connect tourist hubs to rural areas across Mexico. But underground, drills and new construction threaten a network of caverns and aquifers as the nation faces a deepening water crisis.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 31, 2024

Bend it like a Balkan. Serbia and Albania want to put feuds aside and host a soccer tournament.
Albania and Serbia have teamed up in an attempt to bid for the 2027 men's Under-21 European Championship. It has been almost 10 years since a fan riot ended a Serbia-Albania soccer game in Belgrade. Reactions from fans and players are still mixed.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 30, 2024

How a lethal Ukrainian sea drone is protecting the global food supply
One lesson of the Russia-Ukraine war is that Ukrainian farmers' prosperity and the world's food security are very much linked. Now, in David-and-Goliath fashion, a Ukrainian sea drone has been deployed in the Black Sea to help keep the grain flowing.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 30, 2024

Immigration is rising in the US and Mexico. Why it's only an election issue in the US.
The different ways in which immigration is influencing elections in the United States and in Mexico underscores each country's distinct relationships with migrants and asylum-seekers.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 30, 2024

Why some Indian journalists are trading newsrooms for YouTube
New curbs on press freedom have forced journalists in India to migrate from traditional outlets to YouTube.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 30, 2024

In Europe, moderate conservatives seek to steal hard right's thunder
In Europe, traditionally moderate conservative parties are adopting increasingly hard-right policies, so as to appeal to extremist voters.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 30, 2024

In Europe, moderate conservatives seek to steal hard-right's thunder
In Europe, traditionally moderate conservative parties are adopting increasingly hard-right policies, so as to appeal to extremist voters.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 30, 2024

Pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong press on as Beijing seeks to make example of them in court
For decades, Hong Kong's activists have been fighting for democracy. The Hong Kong court on May 30 convicted 14 pro-democracy activists in the city's biggest national security case under a law imposed by Beijing that has all but wiped out public dissent.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 30, 2024

A lawsuit in Brazil may shape the future of global climate litigation
Latin America's human rights court held a final hearing for the largest climate litigation case to date on May 29, 2024. The case is a part of a wave of new, global climate litigation and may shape global legal precedent and future climate litigation.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 29, 2024

South Africans head to polls. After 30 years, has Mandela's party lost its luster?
Thirty years after South Africa's first free elections, the ANC risks losing its parliamentary majority due to ethics scandals and economic inefficiency.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 29, 2024

The Kremlin is all-in on war in Ukraine. That includes transforming Russia's economy.
Despite Western sanctions, Russia has persevered. Now the Kremlin appears to be consolidating its economy fully toward the waging of war in Ukraine.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 29, 2024

Record heat in Mexico raises concerns over electricity and animal welfare
Mexico has been consuming mass amounts of electricity as the country has seen extreme temperatures and water shortages, which have led to monkey and other animal deaths. These concerns are prominent in the country's upcoming election on June 2.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 29, 2024

In overheated Bangladesh, social media influencers urge followers to plant more trees
Bangladesh has been experiencing deadly heatwaves the past few months as a result of climate change, scientists say. Social media influencers are urging their followers to plant more trees as a way to make life in capital city Dhaka more livable.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 29, 2024

Decades after being looted, $65 million worth of antiquities are brought back to Italy
Antiquities that were looted years ago have been returned to Italy. Italy's carabinieri art squad says the 600 items have a value of around 60 million euros or $65 million.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 28, 2024

To avoid war, Israel and Hezbollah shift their red lines. But war heats up.
Old adversaries Israel and Hezbollah know each other well, and what triggers the other. Since Hamas' attack on Israel, the two sides have sought to avoid a full-scale war even as they appear to move closer to it.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 28, 2024

Georgia's ‘foreign agents' bill clears parliament despite presidential veto, protests
The Georgian parliament overrode a presidential veto on Georgia's "foreign agents" legislation on May 28, stirring another round of massive protests in Tblisi. President Salome Zourabichvili has five days to endorse the bill or the parliament speaker will sign it into law.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 28, 2024

The British elections are coming. Here's what is at stake.
The United Kingdom will hold its first national election in five years on July 4. The nation faces a cost-of-living crisis, the fallout from the Israel-Hamas war, and deep divisions over how to deal with migrants and asylum seekers.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 28, 2024

Mexico is poised to elect its first woman president. Will women's lives improve?
Mexican women have long struggled with their country's culture of machismo. Now Mexico, ahead of the U.S., is about to elect its first woman as president.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 28, 2024

Disempowered but not discouraged, Kashmiris vote in record numbers
In the first election since Delhi revoked their regional autonomy, Kashmiris are hoping to reclaim some sense of agency.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 26, 2024

As rescuers reach Papua New Guinea landslide, death toll estimate climbs
The International Organization for Migration has increased its estimate of the death toll from a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea to more than 670. Local officials had initially put the death toll on Friday at 100 or more.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 25, 2024

G7 officials make progress on plan to fund Ukraine from frozen Russian assets
Finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies left a final agreement to squeeze more money for Ukraine from Russian assets frozen in their countries to be worked out ahead of a June summit.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 24, 2024

How history led three countries to recognize a Palestinian state
The move by three European countries to recognize Palestinian statehood may not immediately facilitate diplomacy seeking lasting Mideast peace. But the nations maintain that it's a matter of moral urgency.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 24, 2024

Taiwan protesters meet China's intimidation with defiance
China launched aggressive military exercises after Taiwan elections chose a pro-independence president. Massive protests are also a show of force.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 24, 2024

West Bank village, proudly self-reliant, now faces wartime hostility
Long before the war in Gaza erupted, Monitor reporters covering the West Bank found a remarkable story of self-sufficiency in Farkha, a village frustrated by Palestinian governance. But the war has brought new threats, so our reporters returned.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 24, 2024

As NCAA and Olympics start paying athletes, what happens to the amateur ideal?
In a seismic change, the NCAA agreed to pay its athletes directly as part of a $2.8 billion settlement. U.S. Olympic Track & Field also announced prize money for the first time ever in Paris.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 23, 2024

Political assaults aren't just a Slovakia problem. Germany is seeing them, too.
When political vitriol stirs violence, how does society get the temperature back down? That's a question Europe is struggling with right now amid a wave of attacks on politicians, including the prime minister of Slovakia.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 23, 2024

On Ukraine's battlefields, this group respects fallen soldiers - no matter which side
When soldiers are lost on the battlefield in Ukraine, it leaves unanswered questions back home. Some go to great lengths to answer those questions.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 23, 2024

China practices military exercises off coast of Taiwan as ‘punishment' for elections
As a new president takes office in Taiwan, China's two-day military drills surrounding the island have put the country on high alert, scrambling jets and warning missile, naval, and land units.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 22, 2024

ICC prosecutor angers Israel, Hamas, but will that impact the war?
The Israel-Hamas war in Gaza has seen horrors on both sides. An attempt by the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to hold leaders accountable has elicited outrage and bluster - but how much reflection remains to be seen.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 22, 2024

As Paris preps for Olympics, safety of the iconic River Seine remains in question
The River Seine is going to be a centerpiece of the Paris Olympics this summer. Authorities are in an urgent rush to make sure it's swimmable for athletes and secured for attendees.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 22, 2024

Spain, Ireland, and Norway to recognize Palestinian state in symbolic move
Spain, Ireland, and Norway are set to acknowledge a Palestinian state in efforts to support a two-state solution with Israel. More than two-thirds of the United Nations - 140 countries - already recognize a Palestinian state.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 22, 2024

Prime Minister Sunak sets July 4 date for national election
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said a national election will be held early July. His announcement follows a sharp drop in inflation in the U.K. - but voters aren't likely to give him another chance.

Christian Science Monitor--world
May 22, 2024

Costly floating Gaza aid pier close to failure, UN says
The U.S. $320 million pier off the coast of Gaza is poised to fail unless Israel can secure food shipments from looters, says the U.N. World Food Program. Recent aid truck convoys were stripped of all their goods before they could reach a warehouse in central Gaza.

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