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Can surfing lift all boats in one impoverished Salvadoran community?

El Salvador has been gaining a bigger and bigger reputation for violence. But in one part of the country, Marcelo Castellanos has been central to an innovative effort to counter the challenges.

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Readers write: Enriching poetry, insight into interpreters, following Mars news, straws and sea life, local impact of controversy

Letters to the editor for the Aug. 20, 2018 weekly magazine.

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As Imran Khan takes office, military looms over plan for ‘New Pakistan‘

From campaign slogan to oath-of-office attire, Imran Khan has signaled he wants a new chapter for Pakistan. It‘s a frequent promise of charismatic, break-the-mold politicians. But it often collides with the realities of government in this case, a powerful army.

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Amid ‘summer of the gun,‘ Canada sees US firearms debate creeping north

For most of the world when it comes to gun control, Canada is America‘s responsible neighbor. But as high-profile shootings and gun deaths rise in Canada, the gun debate there is increasingly resembling the US one.

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How to deflect an asteroid hurtling toward Earth

Asteroids collide with planets all the time, so scientists at NASA are working to prepare for the unlikely possibility of a major collision.

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Rohingya take documentation of ethnic cleansing into their own hands

A group of Rohingya refugees have painstakingly pieced together the only record of those killed ina brutal crackdown by Myanmar‘s military. The lists tell the stories of10,000 people which the group hopes will serve as a historical record of atrocities that otherwise might be forgotten.

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The nature of talking in Turkey

World jitters over Turkey‘s economy are based on its leader not listening to deliberative bodies, such as the central bank, that can sift the best in wise advice, even from dissenters.

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Trump admin pledges to work with local officials on wildfire prevention

As wildfires continue to rage on through the summer, the Forest Service and other agencies will ramp up prevention projects. California and other states are dealing with longer wildfire seasons due to drought, warmer weather due to climate change, and homes built deeper into the forest.

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Merkel, Putin will discuss Trump worries at meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Saturday to discuss worries about President Trump‘s foreign relations strategy as well as Syria‘s civil war, the conflict in Ukraine, and a gas pipeline criticized by Mr. Trump as Russian control over Germany.

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Trump cancels military parade, citing ‘ridiculously high‘ price tag

The estimate for the parade 92 million was more than there times the initial number proposed by the White House. President Trump blamed local DC politicians for the high cost.

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Chasing asteroids: Dual missions sniff out clues to solar system‘s past

Two missions to bring back space rocks will provide clues about the origins of solar system and the threat of a doomsday collision with Earth.

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Female veterans find a new way to serve: run for office

A crop of female veterans, mainly Democrats and many of them mothers, are running for office in this year‘s midterm elections. They boast expertise in national security and veterans issues, with a track record of thriving in institutions dominated by men.

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Russia takes a new look at an old enemy: Genghis Khan

It isn‘t easy for the conquered to see the contributions that a conqueror made to their country. It‘s even harder when that conqueror is Genghis Khan in Russia. But in the republic of Buryatia, the view is indeed shifting. Third in a five-part series.

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Afghan band rocks on despite discrimination

The four rockers who make up the band Arikayn are Afghan refugees, whose struggles mirror those of millions of other Afghans who have fled to Iran. While they face discrimination, they continue to create music they love and to perform both in Iran and in Afghanistan.

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Can tourist meccas beat the heat?

A heat wave in Europe this summer has given vacationers pause for thought about whether they want to broil while traveling. How can the world‘stourist destinations stay attractive in the face of global warming?

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‘When the heart speaks‘ no language barriers

News of language barriers between volunteers and children at a US border facility prompted today‘s contributor who faced a similar challenge working at a refugee camp in Asia to share ideas about the power of divine Love in fostering meaningful connections.

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‘The Middleman‘ is the latest smart, entertaining thriller from Olen Steinhauer

Loyal readers will be rewarded with an extended cameo from the star of Steinhauer‘s ‘Tourist‘ trilogy.

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What are you watching? Readers recommend ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,‘ ‘Antiques Roadshow‘

Monitor TV and movie fans share what they‘ve been watching lately.

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Top Picks: Tony Molina‘s ‘Kill the Lights,‘ PBS‘s ‘Ancient Invisible Cities,‘ and more

A new National Geographic video explores the biggest wholesale market in the world,Marvel‘s various heroes join together to fight a powerful foe in ‘Avengers: Infinity War,‘ and more top picks.

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Stark revelations: For Catholics, an excruciating new test of faith

For Catholics, the past two decades have forced the faithful to grapple with wide-spread sexual abuse among clergy. Now, as other traditions discover similar predators among their ranks, a new report still has the power to shock the nation, as well as those still seeking solace in the church.

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What‘s behind Saudi Arabia‘s summer of discontent?

Saudi Arabia‘s young and powerful crown prince has billed himself as a reformer, modernizer, and liberal. So the kingdom‘s summer of jailed activists and a feud with Canada is a puzzlement.

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The election‘s ‘pink wave‘ that is driving equality

Women are being nominated for office in record numbers this year, perhaps revealing how views on gender are shifting.

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Aretha Franklin stirred America‘s soul

At a time of rebellion and division in the 1960s, Aretha Franklin‘s hit records were a musical union of the church and the secular, man and woman, black and white, North and South, East and West. Ms. Franklin‘s legacy spans a half century and dozens of hits showing her sophisticated and eccentric taste.

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Teaching police to holster their emotions

Fatal shootings of people with mental illness have spurred advocates of de-escalation training to call for a slower, smarter approach to policing that could save lives.

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