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Researchers have discovered what compels us to give. Yet what they found validates what was revealed thousands of years ago.

It perplexed Charles Darwin. Why do we give? If humans supposedly descended from animals, what compels us to act with concern for others? A Wall Street Journal article titled “Hard-wired for Giving” stated, “The question of why any creatures are altruistic at all obsessed Charles Darwin from the time he devised his theory of evolution…”
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Chinese authorities eased some anti-virus rules but affirmed their severe “zero COVID” strategy Monday after protesters demanded President Xi Jinping resign in the biggest show of opposition to the ruling Communist Party in decades.

The government made no comment on the protests or the criticism of Mr. Xi, but the decision to ease at least some of the restrictions appeared to be aimed at quelling anger. Still, analysts don’t expect the government to back down on its COVID strategy and note authorities are adept at stifling dissent.

It wasn’t clear how many people were detained since protests began Friday and spread to cities including Shanghai, the country’s financial center, and the capital, Beijing.

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LAGAN KHAR, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When flooding devastated northwest Pakistan in late August, 8-year-old Sinain Bibi lost out on about two months of education after half of her school building was swept away, along with the wooden bridge that connected her village with the school.

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Two photographs taken this year could have represented two different generations of British history.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

A cholera outbreak sweeping through Haiti is claiming a growing number of children amid a surge in malnutrition, UNICEF announced Wednesday.

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  • AMERICAS
Every November in the United States, schoolchildren make pilgrim hats out of black construction paper and draw hand turkeys as part of a lesson about Thanksgiving.
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The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned the United States on Tuesday that it would face “a more fatal security crisis” as Washington pushes for U.N. condemnation of the North’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile test.

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Bad things come in threes, the old saying goes. Yet, for those in America, mass-shooting tragedies seem to come in tens, dozens…and now hundreds.
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When the power is out, as it so often is, the high-rise apartment overlooking Ukraine’s war-torn capital feels like a deathtrap. No lights, no water, no way to cook food. And the risk of not being able to escape from the 21st floor in time should a Russian missile strike. Even when the electricity comes back, it’s never on for long.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

A powerful earthquake killed more than 160 people in Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, with rescuers searching for survivors trapped under the rubble amid a series of aftershocks.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Mira Ugwuadu felt anxious and depressed when she returned to her high school in Cobb County, Georgia, last fall after months of remote learning, so she sought help. But her school counselor kept rescheduling their meetings because she had so many students to see.

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The world’s population likely hit an estimated 8 billion people on Tuesday, according to a United Nations projection.

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  • EUROPE

The long border between Finland and Russia runs through thick forests and is marked only by wooden posts with low fences meant to stop stray cattle. Soon, a stronger, higher fence will be erected on parts of the frontier.

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  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Idealism can seem to border on lunacy—particularly when one does not have the means to accomplish a goal.

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  • MIDDLE EAST

Israel’s president, Isaac Herzog, officially tapped former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government on Sunday, opening the door for the likely return to power of the long-serving leader after a one-year hiatus. With Mr. Netanyahu comes what’s expected to be Israel’s most right-wing coalition ever.

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Why is the abortion discussion so complicated? God clearly values life. The first thing He told Adam and Eve to do was “be fruitful and multiply.” “Thou shalt not kill” is the sixth commandment. And He calls Himself a Father—so families are important to Him.
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A church bell sounds. The staccato thudding of mallet on plank summons monks to afternoon prayers. Deep voices are raised in communal chant. And high in the great tower of Pantokrator Monastery, a metal library door swings open.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Once a favorite pastime, spending time outside in nature is becoming a thing of the past for many Americans.

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