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US reconstruction aid for Afghanistan is focused on weapons; much is siphoned off by corruption
Commentary: There are billions unaccounted for.
Tennis pro Heather Watson’s candor invites a welcome conversation about menstruation
Commentary: A breakthrough moment for sport and a signal for openness in the developing world?
Migrant workers in Israel denied fair wages and benefits required by law
Complaints of harsh working and living conditions ignored by Israeli government.
Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 worldwide as US politics interfere with lifesaving efforts
Commentary: US aid rules carry restrictions on discussion of abortion among women in developing world.
Despite binding UN resolution, diplomatic obstacles remain in fight against terrorism
State sponsors of terrorism exploit weaknesses in the resolve to combat terrorists.
Chile-Argentina cooperation is key to scaling up conservation in Patagonia
Commentary: Karukinka Reserve is model for regional vision of protecting this rugged, remote region.
Ebola’s public health message: Sanitation is critical to containing the disease
Commentary: Running water and flushing toilets would make a huge difference in blocking the spread of infectious diseases.
Election anxiety promises a new year of frustrations in Myanmar
Commentary: Peace process losing steam as investors await signs of electoral fairness and stability.
International community must do more in pressing for peace in South Sudan
Five CEOs speak out on need to end violence and give the fragile country a chance to endure.
For the moment, Russia is the winner in the global geopolitical struggle
Putin regime fills a vacuum created by partial US withdrawal from world hotspots.
Sharia law is empowering Islamist radicals at the expense of secularists
Commentary: Combating efforts to make Sharia the law of the land should be a policy priority for Western governments.
Laos remains silent on civil society leader missing for two years
The government has obstructed any investigation into Sombath Somphone's disappearance, a symptom of the withering space for a vocal civil society in Laos.
Russia's failing economy makes Putin a most dangerous man
Ukraine's economy has collapsed even faster, with little support coming from the European Union.
10 years on, Sri Lanka still shows scars from the wrath of tsunami
The wave was ‘democratic’ in spreading havoc, but recovery efforts have favored tourist regions.
Cases like Ferguson invite Cold War tactics from Russia
The grand jury decision gives Putin an opportunity to point to domestic racial intolerance in US, just as the Soviet Union did during the Cold War.
Fear grips Egypt's civil society as Sisi regime restricts NGOs
Commentary: Rise in unemployment and breakdown in law and order raise questions of government’s competency.
In Sudan’s Blue Nile, a sequel to the violence and abuses in Darfur
Refugees tell of indiscriminate bombardments, beatings, and rapes behind government lines.
Hosting the 2015 G-20 gives Turkey a chance to get its mojo back
Next year’s summit offers the Muslim-majority democracy opportunity to bridge old colonial powers and rising economies.
To fight Islamic State, we need jobs for youth in the Middle East
The Islamic State does not spring from intrinsic Arab culture or Islamic faith. It has been born from and nourished by the utter hopelessness facing young people in the Middle East.
Mexican drug murders get less attention in US than Middle East violence
Multi-national corporations and middle-class economy thrive, even as Narco-War persists.
For India, moving forward means saving women's lives
The new prime minister links India’s development prospects to improving the status of girls and women.
Why Ukraine needs more women in parliament
Instead of honoring commitments made to women, who comprise 60 percent of the electorate, the country seems to have decided to deal with war first and think about women later.
Immigration officials create a climate of repression in America
Commentary: Are we willing to allow the US to be a place where young people — including my own son — can be harassed?
Extending nuclear talks with Iran is first good news from Middle East in a long time
If we don’t blow it, the agreement could demonstrate that diplomacy is preferable to force.
Given his past failures, can Obama strike a verifiable nuke deal with Iran?
Extending negotiations doesn’t assure progress on key issues and raises questions of the administration's judgment and competence.
Trafficking survivors work toward laws that end violence and exploitation
Policy makers are decriminalizing the sale of sex and focusing on pimps and brothel owners.
Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi: From optimists to realists
Together in Myanmar, the two leaders are chastened and strong — but no longer adored by those who once cheered them.
Peter Kassig's beheading another sign of savagery from messianic killers who won't cease until stopped
News Analysis: But sending US troops into direct combat roles in Syria would be a mistake.
Lessons from Ebola: Health care in Africa needs a PEPFAR-like approach
Commentary: With Ebola hysteria fading in the US, we now risk losing sight of a critical larger issue — the need to build strong health care systems in the poorest parts of Africa. World leaders would do well to take their cues from the PEPFAR program.
In denying Haiti cholera deaths, UN risks violating its core purpose
Evidence shows that troops from Nepal were infected with cholera when they arrived in Haiti in 2010.
Greece remains Europe’s deadweight anchor as corruption reigns
Commentary: Rule of law and transparency must be the basis for restoring respect among foreign investors.