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Cancellation of Pakistan trip revives debate over Taliban’s ability to travel

Afghan and Taliban officials said the Afghan government complaint was most likely only part of the reason for cancellation, particularly since some of the Taliban delegation members have long been living in Pakistan anyway.

Wallace Smith Broecker, a scientist who popularised the term ‘global warming’ dies at 87

Broecker brought "global warming" into common use with a 1975 article that correctly predicted rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere would lead to pronounced warming.

Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

An iconic photo of the kiss by Alfred Eisenstaedt was first published in Life magazine and is called "V-J Day in Times Square," but is known to most as "The Kiss." It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century.

‘Drawing Europe Together’: Illustrators against Brexit

How do you illustrate the idea of Europe? A book project initiated by Gruffalo-creator Axel Scheffler collects 45 works of artists who feel the UK should not leave the EU.

Why do South Asians have such high rates of heart disease?

People of South Asian descent, which includes countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives, have four times the risk of heart disease compared to the general population, and they develop the disease up to a decade earlier.

Nigeria’s postponed vote: What happens now?

As the dust settles on Nigeria's postponed general election, Nigerians have expressed their frustration with the electoral commission. But many are still optimistic their voices will be heard.

Kim Jong Un’s ‘butler’ visits Vietnam to prepare for Trump meeting

The first summit between Kim and Trump was criticized for lacking such details, producing only a vague commitment to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Embryo ‘adoption’ is growing, but it’s getting tangled in the abortion debate

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were over 260,000 attempts at IVF in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. Of those attempts, about 150,000 resulted in transfers of embryos.

The Vatican’s secret rules for priests who have children

As the Vatican prepares for an unprecedented meeting with the world’s bishops this week on the devastating child sexual abuse crisis, many people who feel they have been wronged by the church’s culture of secrecy and aversion to scandal will descend on Rome to press their cause.

Emergency powers to build border wall: 16 states sue Donald Trump

The lawsuit is part of a constitutional confrontation that Trump set off on Friday when he declared that he would spend billions of dollars more on border barriers than Congress had granted him.

Obama quietly gives advice to 2020 Democrats, but no endorsement

Yet if Obama has all but officially taken a vow of neutrality, he remains the party’s most convincing model for success at the national level, and continues to shape the mindset and strategy of Democratic presidential candidates.

Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated

Canada arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. Meng was charged with bank and wire fraud to violate American sanctions against Iran.