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For The First Time, Women Elected To Municipal Councils In Saudi Arabia

Up until now, women in Saudi Arabia had been barred from participating in elections — both as candidates and voters. Saudi women are still banned from driving.
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Politics In The News: French Elections; U.S. Presidential Polls

France's anti-immigration party failed to win any regions. U.S. polls show GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump holds the lead nationwide, but Ted Cruz overtakes him as the front-runner in Iowa.
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Afghan Activist Blames Taliban Sympathizers For The Attempt On His Life

Ahmad Saeedi was shot shortly after predicting on TV that he would likely be assassinated. He accuses his would-be killers of being part of a "fifth column" embedded in the framework of the state.
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Dodging Droppings, Romans Cope With Massive Influx Of Starlings

Every year, the Eternal City plays host to millions of migrating starlings. That creates problems — slippery, splattery problems. Falcons have been enlisted to drive them away, but have failed.
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Between Cheap Gas And Carbon Caps, Oil Sands Face Uncertain Fate

Canada's potentially lucrative oil sands business faces serious economic challenges. It has some concerned about its future as environmental critics look for ways to keep the oil in the ground.
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All Across Latin America, Unwed Mothers Are Now The Norm

From Argentina to Mexico, well over half of all births are to unwed mothers. The change had occurred rapidly in the past generation, and it's taking place at all economic levels.
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Why This Boy Started Helping His Sister With Chores: #15Girls

All his life, Aniket Sathe has been taught that men rule the world. He lives in India, one of the worst countries for women. Now a new class is changing his attitude.
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The Rapidly Disappearing Elephants Of Tanzania

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the great untamed places of Africa. It's an ideal home for massive elephant herds — and it also has attracted some of the world's deadliest poachers.
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After Historic Gains, French National Party Falls Short In Second-Round Elections

Exit polls for the regional elections in France on Sunday show the far-right National Front party has not succeeded in taking control of some of the major regions of the country.
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Far-Right National Front Falls Short In French Elections

The anti-immigration party took the lead in the first round of elections. But the Socialist party strategically withdrew some candidates, and the final vote left the far-right controlling no regions.

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