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The drumbeat for impeachment is growing. Can Nancy Pelosi stop it?

Yahoo World News Feed - May 21, 2019 - 3:34pm

From the start, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has resisted calls to impeach President Donald Trump. On Monday night, Ms. Pelosi told Democratic leaders that impeachment would take away from the party’s legislative agenda and undercut ongoing investigations into the president by other congressional committees.

Russia looks for US to propose 'bigger, better' arms control

Yahoo World News Feed - May 21, 2019 - 3:11pm

Russian security experts, who have attentively watched recent United States approaches to North Korea and Iran, among others, are wondering about Washington’s apparently newfound priority for “arms control.” Is Russia about to be offered a whole new deal, in an area that is traditionally of huge importance to Moscow? It’s a bit of a head-scratcher because no details have been offered by either the White House or the Kremlin following President Vladimir Putin’s meeting in Sochi with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week. Earlier this year the U.S. pulled out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which banned a whole class of nuclear missiles as the Cold War was ending, and Russia followed suit.

How US abortion wars translated into battle over 4 words at UN

Yahoo World News Feed - May 21, 2019 - 3:06pm

After a couple of years of trying, the Trump administration appears to be making headway in its efforts to take its conservative views on reproductive health policies, including a war on abortion, to the United Nations. Instead, they see their traditional friend and leader moving toward the camp of socially conservative countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, and others that have not been at the forefront of promoting women’s issues at the U.N. Starting early in the Trump presidency, the administration took a series of actions to strip reproductive health allocations from U.S. foreign assistance.

Cash for trees: Homegrown carbon offset program bears fruit

Yahoo World News Feed - May 21, 2019 - 11:15am

When Marie Gorreti Kemiyonga flicks on her light switches in her two-room house in this rural district of western Uganda each evening, she thanks the trees. A decade ago, Ms. Kemiyonga and her family were farmers living in a mud brick hut with a grass roof when they were approached by a local organization called the Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST) with what seemed like a rather strange proposal.

Seeing red in unfair green deals

Yahoo World News Feed - May 20, 2019 - 1:09pm

Despite a severe drought and the hottest summer on record, voters in Australia just reinforced a chilly lesson for global campaigners on climate change. The lesson: Cuts in carbon use must be balanced by economic justice. 

From women’s rights activist to Supreme Court chief: meet Meaza Ashenafi

Yahoo World News Feed - May 20, 2019 - 11:57am

Two decades ago, when a young lawyer named Meaza Ashenafi began defending women who had been sexually harassed, she quickly stumbled into a problem. Not only was sexual harassment not accepted as a crime in Ethiopia.

Europe’s sanctuary movement: Why churches enter immigration debate

Yahoo World News Feed - May 20, 2019 - 10:09am

On the outskirts of one of Germany’s wealthiest cities, inside a tangle of Brutalist-era high-rises, several 20-something housemates sit around a coffee table filled with their favorite snacks, telling war stories. One year ago there were 374 active church asylum cases across Germany, sheltering 543 people.

Readers write: New Monitor design

Yahoo World News Feed - May 18, 2019 - 4:00am

I just received the newly formatted April 22 & 29 Weekly Print Edition. The articles were clearly separate but came together as a whole message. And more: I could clearly isolate each article as I read it, which made my reading experience very efficient. I have been a subscriber since 1972 and have found each iteration of the Monitor to be an advance.

Trump lowered tensions with Iran: why he had to step in

Yahoo World News Feed - May 17, 2019 - 3:06pm

As Venezuela appeared last month to be on the brink of a momentous political shift, President Donald Trump’s national security team assured him that indeed the strife-torn South American country was about to take the turn to new leadership the administration had been encouraging for months. Now it’s tensions with Iran that have surged to their highest levels yet under the Trump administration.

Abortion wars: In Louisiana, softer tone paves way for sharp restrictions

Yahoo World News Feed - May 17, 2019 - 2:43pm

Most Saturdays, college freshman Taylor Gautreaux rolls out of bed just after 6 a.m., puts on something carefully neutral – no slogans or religious symbols – and drives about 45 minutes from her dorm in Hammond, Louisiana, to Baton Rouge. On those mornings, Ms. Gautreaux joins a group that gathers just outside the property lines of Delta Clinic, a squat brick building off Goodwood Boulevard on the city’s west side. Other times women have already lined up, waiting for one of the last three abortion clinics in the state to open its doors.

Food aid for hungry North Koreans?

Yahoo World News Feed - May 17, 2019 - 1:30pm

For a young leader – with a nuclear arsenal at the ready – North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has enjoyed the high prestige of meeting an American president twice in the past year, not to mention summits with the heads of Russia, China, and South Korea. The United Nations estimates 40% of North Koreans will suffer severe food shortages in coming months, a result mainly of bad weather as well as too much spending on armaments. The last time North Korea saw mass famine was in the mid-1990s.

Points of Progress: Preventing extremism, and more

Yahoo World News Feed - May 17, 2019 - 4:00am

Rural Vietnam is becoming more accessible. Some of the country’s poorest and most rural areas in its northwestern provinces have had limited access to basic services such as education and health care and to job opportunities. Vietnam has received enough funding from the Asian Development Bank to work on road conditions in the northwest, giving residents better access to the expressway that connects with the country’s capital, Hanoi. A mentorship program run by Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank, has taken a new approach to stopping extremism.

How free is ‘free college’?

Yahoo World News Feed - May 16, 2019 - 3:17pm

Tufayel Ahmed is leading an ordinary college life with an extraordinary price tag for tuition: $0. Earlier, President Barack Obama called for free community college, and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, became a magnet to youth voters in 2016 when he included four-year degrees in his free college plan.

Why Andrew Yang will give you $1,000 a month if he’s elected

Yahoo World News Feed - May 16, 2019 - 2:17pm

The catchphrase is as good as any to describe the people wearing those hats in Washington Square Park. Which seems almost ironic, considering Mr. Yang’s banner policy is to give every American adult $1,000 a month regardless of employment status or wages.

The start of a great decoupling of nations?

Yahoo World News Feed - May 16, 2019 - 1:52pm

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Continent must “reposition itself” against three rivals, the United States, China, and Russia.

Alabama bill marks new phase of abortion battle

Yahoo World News Feed - May 16, 2019 - 9:33am

On Tuesday, Alabama’s legislature voted to outlaw abortion in their state. Alabama’s legislators envision it as a possible vehicle for overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Given the Supreme Court’s new conservative majority, many court-watchers believe Roe’s days may be numbered.

Sabine and Daniel Röder call for Europeans to get involved

Yahoo World News Feed - May 16, 2019 - 4:00am

On a recent spring evening seven residents of Dresden, once known as “Venice on the Elbe,” brainstorm the kind of European Union they want to live in. Blocks away, anti-migrant demonstrators have completed their weekly march against what they call the Islamization of Europe. Nationalist voices like theirs are expecting big gains in the European Parliament elections May 23-26.

With ‘kindness not brutality,’ Joe Biden woos Obama Democrats

Yahoo World News Feed - May 15, 2019 - 3:23pm

A full hour before Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at Manchester Community College, the only parking spaces left are way in the back of the lot, behind the welding shop. Since announcing his candidacy late last month, Mr. Biden has skyrocketed in the polls – to the surprise of Washington pundits, many of whom had predicted his first day on the trail might wind up being his best.

Global city or Chinese city? Hong Kong fears the balance is tipping

Yahoo World News Feed - May 15, 2019 - 1:59pm

It was a sight Hong Kongers aren’t used to: legislators clambering over each other and the press corps, grabbing at the microphone as security struggled to restrain them. The city’s legislature descended into scuffles May 11 over a government attempt to amend its extradition laws. The former British colony of 7.4 million people, which reverted to Chinese control in 1997, does not have extradition arrangements with mainland China, Macau, or Taiwan, among others.