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President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on Dec. 15, 1961. White House Photographs

JFK at 100: Why we still cherish his memory

John Fitzgerald Kennedy consistently ranks as one of America's most popular leaders. A presidential historian argues that didn't just happen – it was the result of an effort to create an image.
Manchester, England, May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

How social ties make us resilient to trauma

In the wake of the suicide bombing in Manchester, England, an expert on social networks explains why ties to other people help societies recover from traumatic events.
The Saudi king presents Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud medal on May 20, 2017. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Trump, Saudi Arabia and yet another arms deal

Shared economic and security interests have kept Saudi Arabia and the US close over the decades despite dramatic differences in the way the two countries are governed.
Calls for Brazilian President Michel Temer’s ouster are growing louder due to allegations of government corruption. Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Brazil’s tide against corruption swells

Brazil's political crisis is spiraling to a new level amid the release of recordings that allegedly caught the president authorizing a bribe. Fixing this mess will take more than a personnel change.
Community health workers like these visit patients’ homes in Malawi to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation–Malawi/Chris Cox

Trump’s global gag order: 5 questions answered

All recent Republican presidents have cut off foreign aid tied to abortion. Trump's expansive version of those restrictions endangers billions slated for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
A mariachi band performs during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, in Monterrey, Mexico. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Before Trump, Mexicans really liked the US

Can the U.S. recover its once positive image among Mexicans? Trade, immigration and cultural ties stand to suffer.