U.S. health care has high prices, and companies have no intention to change that

The big picture: The U.S. spends far more than other industrialized countries on health care. But Americans, on a per-person basis, don’t go to the doctor or hospital more than people in other wealthy nations. There are also fewer doctors, nurses and hospital beds, per capita, in the U.S. That means the U.S. spends more…

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Cox’s Bazar: Rohingya camp to be hardest hit by climate change

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – At first when they came, Dilfaraz, a stout 41-year-old Bangladeshi woman, could not find it in her heart to turn them away. She gave the Rohingyas utensils, mattresses, water, whatever they needed to survive. “We are not [Buddhists] and we are not Hindu, we are Muslim and as Muslims we should help…

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Negotiators Agree on Rulebook to Help Curb Climate Change

Negotiators from around the world on Saturday agreed on a rulebook to curb global warming, seeking to bolster the 2015 Paris accord amid concerns that countries would fail to deliver on their commitments despite what many scientists call a rising threat from climate change. Discussions in Poland pushed past the summit’s Friday close for a…

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Trump disputes climate reports, says climate change goes up and down

The intrigue: Trump was shown a copy of the National Climate Assessment, a federally mandated report the Trump administration released without fanfare, or interference, last November. He dismissed it and said he didn’t read it. “Is there climate change? Yeah. Will it go back like this, I mean will it change back? Probably,” Trump said,…

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‘It is time’: Women candidates in Afghanistan promise change

Kabul, Afghanistan – Pashtana Arabzai feels she has done her homework and says it is only a matter of days before she realises her ambition. For the past three weeks, she has travelled back and forth across Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, trying to convince voters to back her in Saturday’s parliamentary elections. Arabzai is among the…

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Cambodia’s high-rises, slavery and climate change

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Chanmony has spent the last 17 years making bricks used to build luxury condos and office spaces mushrooming across this Southeast Asian nation’s rising cities. Although Cambodia is one of the fastest-growing economies in the region, the 42-year-old mother of four has never enjoyed the bounties of the construction boom that has transformed…

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The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded. That’s About to Change

This year, 42,749 students applied to Harvard College, and only 1,962 were admitted. How Harvard decides who makes the cut has long been a mystery. That’s about to change. A trial beginning Monday in Boston federal court will examine how the elite institution uses race to shape its student body. It will force Harvard to…

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Will having more women in US Congress change anything?

Over the past few months, pundits have obsessed over the unprecedented surge in the number of female candidates in the upcoming congressional elections in the United States, calling it “the year of the woman” or the “pink wave”. Some have insisted that this significant increase (from 183 in 2016 to 262 this year) is a forceful…

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