Interstellar visitors open new window to the cosmos

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Comet Borisov is hurtling toward our sun, on track for its nearest approach on Dec. 8. But this isn’t an ordinary comet. Borisov hails from another star system. And it’s only the second time scientists have observed such an interstellar visitor.  The first was a peculiar asteroid dubbed

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Why NATO at 70 is as young as ever

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Ever since losing its original purpose in 1991 – the collective defense of the West against Soviet aggression – NATO has somehow survived as a military alliance. At a 70th anniversary summit this week, this club of democracies showed why. Despite serious squabbles and huffy encounters, its

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A city’s ambitions, measured in skyscrapers

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For Johannesburg, a scrappy gold mining camp that grew into a metropolis of millions, skyscrapers have long been a way of announcing that it too belongs among the world’s powers. It is no coincidence then, that Africa’s tallest tower – and a new one vying for that title – both took

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NYC team helps immigrant runners realize US race dreams

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New York A no-name entrant at this month’s New York City Marathon – literally, he didn’t even qualify to have his name printed on his bib –Girma Bekele Gebre crashed the elite field and finished third in the largest 26.2-mile race in the world. A week later, the Ethiopian

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A Monitor Thanksgiving

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As I was reading this week’s cover story – not able to put it down, more like – I came to the part I liked most of all. The gratitude. The article is about the people who save Thanksgiving – the plumbers who unstick pipes, the hotline helpers who answer our panicked cooking questions. And […]

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Readers write: The view from Russia, and wildfire series

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The view from Russia Regarding “Who is Putin? Even to Russians, a mystery (audio)” in the Oct. 23 Monitor Daily: To begin with, no Kremlin ruler is a mystery to us, as in our daily affairs we go by a Russian proverb: “God is high above, and the czar is far away.” Even when our […]

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Impeachment scorecard: A House, and nation, still divided

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Two weeks of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry were an attempt to present a coherent story about a complicated situation: irregularities in the conduct of American foreign relations with Ukraine, a nation still struggling with the effects of domination as part of the former

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Before UK election, Google limits political advertising

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San Francisco Google is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age, and postal code. Currently, ads can be tailored

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Classes canceled as Indiana teachers rally for higher pay

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Indianapolis Thousands of teachers in Indiana are planning to pack the state Capitol on Tuesday to voice their frustration over low salaries and evaluation policies, forcing half the state’s school districts to cancel classes for the day. The Indiana State Teachers Association said it

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Hong Kong protesters, police standoff on university campus

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Hong Kong As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. Huge crowds of supporters advanced on foot toward the police from outside the cordon to try to disrupt the police operation,

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