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In September 2016, months after the Brexit vote, I received a new assignment to pastor church members in the United Kingdom. I packed my bags and began to move from my home country, the Netherlands.

After giving notice to my employer in Holland and putting my house up for sale, I moved with all my belongings to an apartment in London in February 2017.

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Five months into South Sudan’s fragile peace, 1.5 million people are on the brink of starvation and half the population, more than six million people, are facing extreme hunger, say the United Nations and South Sudan’s government in a report issued Friday.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets.

While the Russian leader did not say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, his statement further raised the ante in tense relations with Washington.

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Bats not only carry the deadly Ebola virus, they are also a reservoir for a new type of influenza virus. These newly discovered flu viruses could potentially also attack the cells of humans and livestock, researchers at the University of Zurich have shown.

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  • POLITICS

Partial government shutdown. What an odd combination of words. First, how can the world’s most important government shutdown at all? Second, how are there parts of this ruling body that are non-essential? Who decides what is shuttered up and what stays open?

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Not long after the start of his term, U.S. President Donald Trump made a strategic shift toward a new nuclear strategy—the development of “low-yield” nuclear weapons. The decision came as a robust response to increased threats from nuclear powers Russia, China and North Korea.

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  • AMERICAS

President Donald Trump announced Friday he was declaring a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.

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  • EUROPE

The Trump administration accused some of America’s closest traditional allies—Britain, France and Germany—of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal.

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  • SOCIETY & LIFESTYLES

Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at…Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest—a profitable new business for drug gangs that has pushed the synthetic opioid to the top spot for fatal U.S. overdoses.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Fasting may help people lose weight, but new research suggests going without food may also boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.

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  • EUROPE

Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honor of a Jewish man vandalized. A bagel shop with the German word “Juden” sprayed on its front window.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Scarlet fever, whooping cough and gout. These conditions were thought to be from a bygone era of widespread malnutrition in the United Kingdom.

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Robots are not replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

In a nationwide study, counties with dirtier air had higher rates of stroke deaths and shorter life expectancies, according to research to be presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

A new more efficient, systematic and comprehensive approach to assess the extinction risk of animals has shown that approximately 600 species that were assessed as non-threatened on the Red List of Threatened Species might now be considered threatened.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found.

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  • ANALYSIS

The eyes are a window into the heart. You can learn a lot about people—particularly their thoughts, emotions and experiences—through the expression of their eyes and looks on their faces. If you could put a face on the events of the past 12 months, what emotions would you see?

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  • AMERICAS

A young Honduran man was worried, and you could see it on his face: Clutching his 1-year-old son, he looked back apprehensively toward the barrier he just crossed. He was on United States soil and he knew that he did not have authorization to be there.

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In the United States, people who feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 news cycle significantly outnumber those who are comfortable with it. According to a 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center, nearly “seven-in-ten Americans (68%) feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days, compared with only three-in-ten who say they like the amount of news they get.”

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  • AMERICAS

Political and ideological stances in the U.S. are more entrenched than ever before. How long can the nation survive if most everyone is unwilling to listen to opposing voices?

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