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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Saudi, UAE officials call for regime change in Iran at US summit

The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Washington, and the director of Israel’s Mossad spy agency have joined ranks in pushing for regime change in Iran. Speaking alongside US National Security Adviser John Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called…

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Amid poll restrictions, Eswatini activists hope for change

Mbabane, Eswatini – Clutching a loudspeaker, a young man standing atop a pick-up truck repeatedly shouts “Votela! Votela!” as rush-hour pedestrians and shoppers walk past behind him, seemingly uninterested. He is urging them to cast their vote in favour of his candidate standing for parliament in this week’s poll in the mountainous southern African kingdom…

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Go deeper: The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change

Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas last year. The big picture: There are several characteristics of the changing climate that are helping to increase the risks of…

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The New Lobbying: Qatar Targeted 250 Trump ‘Influencers’ to Change U.S. Policy

Longtime New York restaurateur Joey Allaham visited Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue late last year with an offer for lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Come visit Doha, the capital of Qatar, by invitation of the emir. Mr. Dershowitz says he hadn’t met Mr. Allaham before and initially demurred before agreeing to go. The professor also didn’t know he…

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