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Mugabe resigns, Zimbabwe rejoices; Putin meets Assad; net neutrality in jeopardy

  1. Russia denies nuclear accident despite contrary evidence
  2. Putin looks to end Russia military push in Syria
  3. At least 50 dead in suicide bombing attack in northeast Nigeria

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Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad meet in Sochi
Vladimir Putin welcomes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, November 20, 2017. Picture taken November 20, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

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  • An investigation by The Associated Press reveals the harrowing extent of sexual abuse in Islamic schools in Pakistan, where clerics hold sway and sexual abuse is a taboo subject. The AP discovered hundreds of cases of sexual abuse by clerics were reported in the past decade. Pakistani officials suspect that the problem may be endemic to a country where over two million children are taught in madrasas (religious schools). One anonymous official compared the situation to the abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church. — George Engels
  • The recent row between Trump and the widow of a soldier killed in Niger, Africa, focused attention on an area of U.S. overseas operations that was little known. This piece from the think-tank Council for Foreign Relations said the soldiers’ deaths “sparked fresh debate over the security assistance role the United States plays in West Africa.” — Angela Long

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