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Egos are a problem in international relations, Coverage of Finsbury mosque attack was a rarity, Why American voters don’t care about the Russia investigation, The world must act against the root cause of global famine, A Catch-22 for Australia’s refugees

Yahoo World News Feed - June 24, 2017 - 4:00am

“Qatar is finding itself still isolated from the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries...,” writes Richard Miller. “The timing came right after a visit to the Saudi kingdom by U.S. President Donald Trump when he ... assured [King Salman] of a new American approach ... [in] dealings for their ally.... This century has seen a worldwide resurgence of egos on the international stage.... President Paul Kagame put things into perspective when he stated: ‘There are African leaders who have the dangerous habit of leading their people into an abyss’. “For Muslims who live in and around Finsbury Park, the attack was not a surprise,” writes Rafia Zakaria.

Readers write: Older operagoers, Middle East coverage, political history

Yahoo World News Feed - June 24, 2017 - 4:00am

Facts can help remove the political bull’s-eye currently painted on Jared Kushner and others for talking with the Russians. If mistakes of protocol were made, then they should be brought to light and we should move on.

A former exec at Trader Joe’s grows another kind of grocery store

Yahoo World News Feed - June 23, 2017 - 3:41pm

Mr. Rauch worked for 31 years at Trader Joe’s, the last 14 as a president. It took a few tries, but after a while, he started growing another food store – Daily Table, located in a low-income neighborhood of Boston. “I failed retirement,” says Rauch, his eyes crinkling when he smiles.

Law made in secret? That's not what makes health-care bill unusual

Yahoo World News Feed - June 23, 2017 - 2:19pm

The Senate Republican health care bill was drafted behind closed doors. At the opening of the 1787 Constitutional Convention delegates voted to keep their proceedings secret. This doesn’t mean the 2017 process that produced the Senate’s proposed health care legislation was business as usual.

An offer Finns can't refuse? Helsinki woos car owners to give up their autos.

Yahoo World News Feed - June 23, 2017 - 9:24am

In Helsinki, Finland, a city that prides itself on its civic-mindedness, municipal authorities are looking at the challenge of phasing out the car in a different way: as a matter of efficiency and incentivization. “It is a fact that on average, a privately owned car is used 4 percent of the time,” says Ville Lehmuskoski, chief executive officer of Helsinki City Transport, the municipal body responsible for the Finnish capital’s public transport infrastructure. “If the need for cars in the Helsinki region could be lessened by only 25 percent,” Mr. Lehmuskoski continues, “it would mean 100,000 fewer cars.

Ramadan? There's an app for that.

Yahoo World News Feed - June 23, 2017 - 9:10am

Ramadan is a holy month of reflection, prayer, and selflessness.

A call to ‘fear-guard’ countries in a pandemic

Yahoo World News Feed - June 23, 2017 - 6:22am

Three years after the Ebola epidemic, and two years since the Zika outbreak, experts are more active than ever in pulling together lessons in hopes of not repeating past mistakes during another health crisis. A Senate panel in Washington plans a hearing soon on “pandemic protection.” In May, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new strategy for pandemic influenza. One big lesson learned is the need to prevent panic during a public health emergency.

Venezuela's Maduro confronts perils of his reliance on the military

Yahoo World News Feed - June 22, 2017 - 3:07pm

When Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reshuffled duties in his deeply embattled government earlier this week, it wasn’t the changes at the top of the transport and fishing ministries that caused a buzz. Instead, it was the sacking of the heads of several branches of the military, in particular the general overseeing the National Guard, that drew widespread attention. Recommended: Think you know Latin America?

The law that has a soldier’s back

Yahoo World News Feed - June 22, 2017 - 9:51am

In March, the Trump administration threatened a preemptive strike on North Korean nuclear facilities. In April, it launched missiles against Syria for its use of chemical weapons. Like many presidents before him, Mr. Trump has initiated military actions as commandeer in chief without clear approval from lawmakers.

Clues from Georgia on Democrats' future

Yahoo World News Feed - June 21, 2017 - 2:36pm

This was the special House race Democrats thought they could win. Clearly, anti-Trump energy alone isn’t enough to beat Republicans not named Trump. Not that Jon Ossoff, the Democrats’ young, first-time candidate for an open House seat near Atlanta, was relying just on anti-Trump feeling to defeat his Republican opponent June 20.

An epic case of medical fraud – and the agent who cracked it

Yahoo World News Feed - June 21, 2017 - 2:18pm

In December 2009, the Iowa Republican demanded to know how a Miami psychiatrist was writing more than 96,000 prescriptions for Medicaid patients. Health-care fraud costs the US government and insurance companies some $100 billion a year in overcharges and other rip offs, according to experts.

Why Michigan's Iraqi Christians thought Trump would spare their loved ones

Yahoo World News Feed - June 21, 2017 - 2:10pm

Like many 30-somethings, Alen Hirmiz has tattoos. On June 11, a Sunday, immigration agents detained Mr. Hirmiz in front of his shocked parents at the family’s home in suburban Detroit. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

France’s drive for ethical politics

Yahoo World News Feed - June 21, 2017 - 8:22am

In addition, any lawmaker convicted of fraud or corruption would be barred from holding office for 10 years. Having won the election in large part because of the public’s high intolerance of corruption, Macron was forced to let them go.

The man looking to make the VA work

Yahoo World News Feed - June 20, 2017 - 1:31pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is an exception to the partisanship that affects Washington, and plans to use his unique status to bring fundamental change to the second-largest governmental agency. Dr. Shulkin served as the VA’s Under Secretary for Health during the final 18 months of the Obama administration, after extensive experience as a medical center chief executive. Then, in February, the Senate unanimously confirmed him to run the sprawling department for President Trump.

A Democrat shows how to win over Trump voters

Yahoo World News Feed - June 20, 2017 - 12:59pm

On a sunny morning in May, Rep. Cheri Bustos showed up to work at a machine shop in south Peoria, where grain silos hug the Illinois River. Protective eye gear on, the Democratic congresswoman was ready for another day of “Cheri on Shift” – shadowing workers on the job when she’s home in her district. Guided by her “trainer” at Performance Pattern & Machine, the congresswoman approached a panel of controls on the noisy shop floor and – drumroll, please – pressed a button.

Terrorism in Britain: How do you build bridges when 'enough is enough'?

Yahoo World News Feed - June 20, 2017 - 10:03am

When British Prime Minister Theresa May responded to the London Bridge terrorist attack this month with the words “enough is enough,” it wasn’t just campaign rhetoric. It sums up a wearing down of patience across Western Europe, which has born witness to over a dozen major terrorist attacks in 30 months. Britain had been spared the barrage, much of it inspired by the so-called Islamic State, until it shifted to the British stage this spring, with four attacks since March.

When prayer helps end conflicts

Yahoo World News Feed - June 20, 2017 - 8:18am

One of Africa’s worst conflicts may have finally ended through a rare type of diplomacy. On June 19, more than a dozen armed groups in the Central African Republic signed a peace accord. Rather a religious group in Italy used what it calls a “spiritually inspired” method – building empathy and compassion – to help forge a truce.

What Philando Castile verdict says about path of police reform

Yahoo World News Feed - June 19, 2017 - 3:23pm

For the families who have lost loved ones, it may seem that little has changed in how and when officers exercise lethal force, particularly against African-American men. “My son loved this city, and this city killed my son and let the murderer get away with it,” a tearful Valerie Castile said last week, shortly after a jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minn., police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges relating to his fatal shooting of her son, Philando. “Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder,” said Joseph Crutcher last month, shortly after a jury acquitted Officer Shelby, of the Tulsa, Okla., police department, of all charges relating to her fatal shooting of his son, Terence.

Is America’s political atmosphere dangerously hot?

Yahoo World News Feed - June 19, 2017 - 2:11pm

Is American political discourse today too harsh? Many pundits and officials are calling for more civility in the wake of last week’s shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R) of Louisiana and several others at a GOP baseball team practice. Incumbent President John Adams labeled challenger Thomas Jefferson a weakling and a coward.

After second US policy flip in as many years, Cubans ask, 'What's next?'

Yahoo World News Feed - June 19, 2017 - 1:58pm

Like most Cubans’ apartments, Yanela Duran Noa’s four-bedroom went nearly unchanged for almost six decades. She didn’t have the income to upgrade the outdated fixtures or replace sagging furniture.