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For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

“If you’re a chewer in these parts, you’re a dead, dead man,” said Abhi, 30, who asked that his last name not be used because his family “will no longer consider me as their son.” Most alarming, the Ethiopian authorities say, is the number of young people in this predominantly young nation now consuming khat. About half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew it. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name. The country’s government, which rules the economy with a tight grip, is worried that the…

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ advances out of Senate committee

In an 8-1 vote, a Texas state Senate committee agreed Friday to advance a measure to restrict public restroom use by transgender people, despite 10 hours of testimony from opponents of the bill, the Texas Tribune reported. Senate Bill 3, a so-called “bathroom bill,” would regulate public school facilities, open-enrollment charter school facilities, and local government restrooms to be “used only by persons of the same sex as stated on a person’s birth certificate.” It will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. The measure is expected to pass…

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Stakes for Exxon in Sanctions Case Go Far Beyond a $2 Million Fine

Treasury and Exxon have been sparring for years over the company’s ability to do business with Russia. The Trump administration has recently been trying to show its mettle with a flurry of sanctions announcements amid concerns that Mr. Trump may soften those already enacted. At the same time, a Republican-controlled Congress is threatening to increase Russia sanctions, which could cost the energy industry billions of dollars. The core of the dispute is whether Exxon violated sanctions by signing eight contracts with Rosneft, the Russian state oil company, in May 2014….

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Trump’s Virginia Golf Outings Leave Paddlers High, Dry and Angry

“There is no way you can aim a gun from a little bitty, wiggly boat. It won’t work,” fumed Susan Sherrod, chair of the Canoe Cruisers Association, a local group that is protesting mightily. “You can’t pack a big bomb in it. It’s too small.” The Trump Organization’s attraction to the area is understandable. Just outside the capital, past the mammoth shopping centers and across from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, great blue herons and snowy egrets loll along the leafy banks. Paddleboards, wooden canoes, and kayaks cluster above where…

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

In total, Ms. Trump will receive $1.5 million in fixed payments from the same three real estate entities. She stands to earn additional income from her stake in the hotel in Washington. The disclosures provided less specific figures for Ms. Trump’s earnings from her fashion brand, which were reported in ranges. From the beginning of last year to May 31 of this year, she or her trust earned at least $6 million from sales of her clothes, shoes and other accessories. Ms. Trump rolled her brand into the trust, which…

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

In total, Ms. Trump will receive $1.5 million in fixed payments from the same three real estate entities. She stands to earn additional income from her stake in the hotel in Washington. The disclosures provided less specific figures for Ms. Trump’s earnings from her fashion brand, which were reported in ranges. From the beginning of last year to May 31 of this year, she or her trust earned at least $6 million from sales of her clothes, shoes and other accessories. Ms. Trump rolled her brand into the trust, which…

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ISIS Leader Is Still Alive, Pentagon Chief Says

Pentagon officials have said that Mr. Baghdadi, who takes stringent precautions to avoid detection, does not appear to be directing the Islamic State’s forces on a day-to-day basis. Mr. Mattis said he assumed that Mr. Baghdadi still “had a role to play” in the organization, but provided no details on what that role was. Mr. Mattis’s remarks to reporters off-camera came two days after President Trump convened his national security council to discuss the administration’s still-unfinished strategy for Afghanistan. The unveiling of that strategy is behind schedule. Senator John McCain,…

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Iraq’s Hardball Tactics to Root Out ISIS

By CAMILLA SCHICK and TIM ARANGO | Jul. 21, 2017 | 4:00 Some of the methods Iraqi authorities are using to weed out ISIS supporters among Sunni civilians in newly liberated Mosul have heightened concerns over human rights abuses.

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U.S. to ban American citizens from visiting North Korea

38 Photos North Korean tanks are shown in this undated file photo. CBS/Randy Schmidt Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 10:52 AM EDT American citizens will be banned from traveling to North Korea beginning at the end of August, the State Department announced Friday. “Due to mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement, the Secretary has authorized a Geographical Travel Restriction on all U.S. citizen nationals’ use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea,” spokeswoman Heather…

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