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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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Kermit and friends find a new home in NYC exhibit celebrating Jim Henson

In a 1979 interview with “60 Minutes,” Jim Henson, along with his iconic Kermit the Frog puppet, said, “Kermit is more outgoing than I am, certainly. I’m more laid back.” To which Kermit replied, “I can say things that he can’t.” But before “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street” changed American culture, Henson was just a young puppeteer and experimental filmmaker.   Now, the full story of the late Muppet master’s nearly 40-year career is being told at a new exhibit in the Museum of the Moving Image in New…

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One by One, Marry-Your-Rapist Laws Are Falling in the Middle East

In June, just after the middle-of-night Ramadan meal, the man went to Ms. Latifa’s brother’s house, where she was staying, and shot her nine times. She died, at age 22. Experts attribute the traction of the movement to repeal these laws to a steady expansion of women’s education in the region and a new kind of public activism spurred by social media, in which advocates have sometimes pushed the envelope with stunts like the bloodied gowns. Wafa Bani Mustafa, a member of Parliament in Jordan and a leading proponent of…

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Spicer appears on “Hannity” after announcing resignation

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2017. REUTERS Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 10:42 PM EDT Outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave his first interview since announcing his resignation Friday to Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, saying President Trump didn’t want him to resign and it was his own decision. “He didn’t,” Spicer said, when Hannity asked if Mr. Trump wanted him to leave, according to excerpts of the pre-taped interview. “He’s been very gracious throughout this process….

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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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