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  • The residence tower of Trump Towers Istanbul is pictured in Istanbul, Turkey, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer  - RTX1Y1V6
    November 28, 2016  

    Donald Trump’s business dealings with companies around the world have raised questions of possible conflicts of interest once he takes office. The New York Times recently published a lengthy piece on potential issues; William Brangham speaks with one of the investigation’s reporters, Eric Lipton, for details on separating political and economic power, Trump-branded properties and more. Continue reading

  • A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR48EXM
    October 28, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on transgender rights, which involves a transgender teen in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom at a high school. Also, the secretary of the interior says she’s “profoundly disappointed” with the acquittals of seven defendants accused of conspiracy for taking over an Oregon wildlife refuge for 41 days. Continue reading

  • A woman carries a placard during a protest against evacuating civilians out of Aleppo, in the rebel held besieged al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTX2PR5X
    October 21, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, Russia extended the “humanitarian pause” in Aleppo for a third day, after the United Nations said that planned evacuations of the rebel-held Syrian city had not actually begun. The UN blamed a lack of security guarantees from both warring sides for the delay. Also, in Iraq, Islamic State militants launched attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk, killing 13. Continue reading

  • People carry Free Syrian Army flags while attending a protest against evacuating civilians out of Aleppo, in the rebel held besieged al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTX2PR5K
    October 20, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Russian and Syrian forces began a “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which could last as long as four days. Using loudspeakers and pamphlets, the Syrian army urged residents to leave and fighters to put down their weapons. Also, in Iraq, the battle for Mosul has claimed its first American casualty: A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb. Continue reading

  • Iraqi army members stand with thier weapons in Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2PL20
    October 19, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a top Iraqi commander called for the surrender of Mosul on the third day of an offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State. An estimated 6,000 ISIS fighters remain in the city. Also, a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform killed a U.S. service member and an American civilian in Kabul. The attack took place during exercises with Afghan security forces. Continue reading

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    October 14, 2016  

    As smoking rates have fallen in the U.S. and Europe, tobacco companies have focused their advertising elsewhere, especially Asia. In the Philippines, 25 percent of the population smokes, and cigarettes are a leading cause of death. But one former smoker is cultivating a grassroots campaign to influence legislation and publicize the dangers — especially to children. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • A Russian flag flies over the Volgarive in the town of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, July 10, 2015. Russia will host the World Cup soccer tournament for FIFA in 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov  - RTX1JXFE
    October 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. formally accused the Russian government of hacking Democratic political websites and state voting systems in an effort to interfere with elections. Also, Russia moved to keep its troops in Syria. Lawmakers in Moscow ratified a treaty with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad that permits Russia to use a major base on the Syrian coast indefinitely. Continue reading

  • FILE PHOTO: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces the media after being removed from office in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. November 13, 2003.  REUTERS/Bob Ealum/File Photo - RTSQ8X0
    September 30, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, a disciplinary court in Alabama removed Chief Justice Roy Moore from office after a panel found he encouraged probate judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. After his suspended term ends, he will be too old to run again. Also, federal investigators in Hoboken, New Jersey, have recovered one of the two recorders from the commuter train that crashed Thursday. Continue reading

  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a news conference upon his arrival from a state visit in Vietnam at the International Airport in Davao city, Philippines September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr
    September 30, 2016   BY  

    After arriving in Davao City, his hometown where he was once mayor, Duterte gave a rambling speech telling reporters he had been “portrayed to be a cousin of Hitler” by critics, Reuters reported. Continue reading

  • A boy carries a toy gun while riding a pick-up truck with other boys during a demonstration calling for aid to reach Aleppo near Castello road in Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTSNR2I
    September 15, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the U.N. blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for delays in getting humanitarian aid into his country despite the cease-fire. The U.N. wants to deliver convoys into Aleppo, but says Syria is not providing permits. Also, a self-described hit man in the Philippines says that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered killings by death squads when he was mayor of Davao. Continue reading

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