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Global Newsstand: Following US-North Korea summit collapse, South Korea must play mediator, and more

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

“Achieving denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula will likely be a lengthy process following the breakdown in the second summit between the United States and North Korea in Hanoi,” states an editorial.

Algeria protests: Finding a voice, youth seek more than token change

Yahoo World News Feed - March 15, 2019 - 2:10pm

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was an independence war fighter who drove out the occupying French, built a prosperous economy, ended a decade-old civil war that killed scores of thousands in the 1990s, and healed a nation.

A fitting response to the Christchurch killings

Yahoo World News Feed - March 15, 2019 - 1:11pm

Just hours after a gunman in New Zealand killed dozens of Muslims attending prayers at a mosque, close to a thousand people in Australia responded by going to Lakemba Mosque in Sydney. Because the attacker is Australian, both Muslims and non-Muslims felt a duty to gather in interfaith unity. In Canada and Europe, many people also went to local mosques on Friday to offer special prayers on behalf of the victims and their families in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

'We built this from nothing': A country's bid for homegrown mental-health care

Yahoo World News Feed - March 15, 2019 - 8:30am

Dr. Sylvain Gomossa looks at the three students in front of him, curious how they’ll react to what he is about to say. The students quietly trail the psychologist, jotting down notes in battered notebooks as he leads them through this ramshackle collection of buildings: the only specialized psychiatric and mental-health ward in the Central African Republic. The students take it all in with wide eyes.

Points of Progress: Fair trade coffee thanks to blockchain, and more

Yahoo World News Feed - March 15, 2019 - 4:00am

A coffee roastery is using blockchain to track its bean supply and help farmers keep profits.The Moyee brand assigns its coffee farmers digital IDs, which allows buyers to track where their coffee is from and how much the farmers were paid for it via blockchain – a permanent digital record. Using blockchain to track produce may soon be applied similarly in Caribbean nations, where many fruits are grown. Scientists found a new way to pull CO2  from the air and turn it into solid coal. In a report, an international team of scientists based in Australia detailed a groundbreaking carbon sequestration method.

In California two proposed laws with one aim: saving civilian lives

Yahoo World News Feed - March 14, 2019 - 3:19pm

The two police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark behind his grandmother’s home in Sacramento last March recounted their actions in interviews with police investigators later that night. Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet described the frenzied seconds when they pursued Mr. Clark after responding to a report of a suspect breaking car windows on the city’s south side. According to interview transcripts released last week, the officer said he saw Mr. Clark in a shooting stance and “a metallic reflection or muzzle flash – something coming at me.

In rare rebuke, Senate votes to block Trump’s emergency order

Yahoo World News Feed - March 14, 2019 - 2:54pm

In a rare 59-to-41 vote against President Donald Trump, a dozen Senate Republicans joined with the minority Democrats to deny the president emergency powers to fund his wall. The emergency move violates the Constitution, which gives Congress the power of the purse, these Republicans said. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee quoted the late conservative icon, Justice Antonin Scalia, that the “genius” of the Constitution is the “dispersal of power.” Sen. Jerry Moran, the Republican from Kansas, posted on Twitter his hand-written reasoning for bucking the president, including what everyone learned in high-school government class about the separate-but-equal branches.

This woman is conquering a food desert with community gardens

Yahoo World News Feed - March 14, 2019 - 4:00am

Some five years ago, Nefertari Muhammad was looking to make a change to her diet and the sources of her food. “I have learned more about the food that we are eating, which is not healthy for us,” says Ms. Muhammad, who is concerned about genetically modified food products. It’s all made possible through the Philadelphia organization that operates the garden: the Urban Tree Connection.

Meanwhile in … France, lightsaber dueling is now a recognized sport.

Yahoo World News Feed - March 13, 2019 - 11:18pm

In France, lightsaber dueling is now a recognized sport. In an effort to engage young people and make exercise more attractive, the French Fencing Federation elevated lightsabers to the same status as foils, epees, and sabers. The federation’s officially sanctioned lightsaber duels last three minutes and use light-up lightsabers (sometimes with sound effects) paired with traditional fencing safety gear.

A big player in becoming a US citizen? Your ZIP code

Yahoo World News Feed - March 13, 2019 - 3:01pm

The ties are straightened, hair combed, and jewelry gleaming here, and the line to get into the federal courthouse is spilling outside into a chilly morning. Two U.S. airmen from nearby Goodfellow Air Force Base, here to sing patriotic songs, joke about being late for their own gig. Milagros Carnes, from the Philippines, says her American daughter worried she (Milagros) would be deported if she didn’t become a citizen.

Amid Mosul's lasting rubble, grounds for an ISIS revival?

Yahoo World News Feed - March 13, 2019 - 2:48pm

Nearly two years after the liberation of Mosul from Islamic State militants, what hasn’t changed is that much of Iraq’s second city remains rubble, with limited services and little rebuilding. What has changed is that the high expectations from that July 2017 liberation – of a post-ISIS renaissance in Mosul bolstered by an infusion of Western and Iraqi government cash and goodwill – are receding as frustration sets in. Instead of hope, in fact, there is growing concern among Iraqis, Western officials, and aid groups alike that the lack of palpable progress in Mosul and in several Sunni-dominated provinces risks rekindling the anti-government, pro-ISIS ideology.

May’s Brexit plan rejected again. Is UK running out of options?

Yahoo World News Feed - March 12, 2019 - 3:20pm

Nearly three years after voting in a referendum to leave the European Union, and 17 days before its expected departure, Britain is no closer to a political consensus on how to leave or whether to rethink its exit.

Why Adam Schiff, like Pelosi, doesn’t favor impeaching Trump

Yahoo World News Feed - March 12, 2019 - 2:26pm

From the beginning, California Rep. Adam Schiff has been one of the most outspoken proponents of a theory of Trump-Russia collusion among critics of President Donald Trump. Now, as special counsel Robert Mueller appears close to wrapping up his investigation, many Democrats are pivoting away from a narrative alleging a broad conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to fix the 2016 election – but not Congressman Schiff. Instead, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is doubling down.

At 30, the web still nurtures freedom of thought

Yahoo World News Feed - March 12, 2019 - 1:28pm

For the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, issued a letter of light against the dark. As if on cue, the people of Algeria showed this week how all things internet – from social media apps on phones to the web on desktops – surely are a force for good. For the past three weeks, hundreds of thousands of Algerians collaborated on Facebook and in other ways to hold protests that, on March 11, forced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to announce he would be leaving office after 20 years in power.

Why the debate over anti-Semitism is so important

Yahoo World News Feed - March 12, 2019 - 12:54pm

It has set off a full-blown crisis inside Britain’s Labour Party, and the first hints of one inside the Democratic Party in the United States: Anti-Semitism, that oldest of hatreds, is proving to be, as a leading Irish writer and politician once put it, a very light sleeper. The first is that, just as on the right, the stereotyping and dehumanization of Jews, once the province of fringe figures, has increasingly been given space within the mainstream. Synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, and other Jewish property have been attacked.

A women’s revolution – in Sudan? How suppression sparked change

Yahoo World News Feed - March 12, 2019 - 8:50am

The anti-government protests that have convulsed Sudan over the past three months are, in many ways, a revolution told in chants. “Just fall, that’s all,” goes the movement’s most popular slogan, directed at the 30-year-long regime of President Omar al-Bashir. It’s become a kind of refrain during the hundreds of demonstrations that have taken place since protesters first began pouring into the streets in December, as their initial anger over the rapidly rising cost of basic commodities morphed into a full-on call for regime change.

‘Love is the only thing’: After tornado, Alabamans lean on one another

Yahoo World News Feed - March 11, 2019 - 3:13pm

The violent tornado was one of 39 that touched down March 3 in the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States since 2013. The victims, who ranged in age from 6 to 89, were part of the rich tapestry that made Beauregard special. Beauregard – an unincorporated area east of Auburn and south of Opelika – is made up of four-way stops and pock-marked two-lanes that wind their way through the forested hills.

As Britain plans its exit from EU, Ireland proves a sticking point

Yahoo World News Feed - March 11, 2019 - 3:07pm

A corner just down the road from Danny Morrison’s home in west Belfast used to house a police station barracks, a target of repeated bombings during the Troubles. Since the changes brought about by the Belfast Agreement that ended the Troubles, nationalists “no longer feel vanquished” in Northern Ireland, says Mr. Morrison, a former provisional IRA volunteer who spent years in prison.

Democrats, citing Russia, move to block foreign funding in 2020 election

Yahoo World News Feed - March 11, 2019 - 2:26pm

With special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation reportedly wrapping up, the spotlight on Russian election interference is heating up. Democratic members of Congress, in their opening salvo after winning the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives last fall, spearheaded passage of a major bill late last week that includes provisions to thwart foreign spending in U.S. elections. The sweeping anti-corruption act, known as H.R. 1, covers a wide range of issues from campaign finance to voter rights and government ethics.