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Empowering the people

Books | Promoting democracy around the world isn’t wrong—but it is difficult
by Condoleezza Rice
Posted 10/27/18, 12:21 pm

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice begins with the former secretary of state’s own story, in which she writes that as a child she was part of “the second founding of America, as the civil rights movement unfolded” in her Birmingham, Ala., hometown, and finally expanded “to encompass people like me.” For these racially divided times, Rice provides a good way to begin a chronicle of democracy around the world—and to consider U.S. foreign policy from President George H.W. Bush’s “New World Order” to President Donald Trump’s “America First” era.

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Mixed U.S. reaction to North Korea missile launch

International | Plus, a Bosnian war criminal’s final act of violence, the pope’s strange trip to Myanmar, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/29/17, 01:03 pm

NORTH KOREA launched early Tuesday its longest-range rocket to date, an intercontinental ballistic missile potentially capable of hitting the East Coast of the United States. The test flight was the first in two months, coming after tightened sanctions and U.S. efforts to stop the country’s nuclear weapons program. At the White House, President Donald Trump said, “It is a situation that we will handle.” But others expressed more concern. Sen.

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In an image provided by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Slobodan Praljak drinks from a small bottle during a hearing Wednesday.

Bosnian war criminal dies from self-poisoning

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/29/17, 10:37 am

A former Bosnian Croat military commander died Wednesday after drinking poison during an appeals hearing before the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Croatia’s state television reported. Slobodan Praljak, 72, said he drank the poison from a small brown bottle shortly after judges upheld his 20-year sentence for his involvement in the Bosnian War in the 1990s.

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