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Pro-Donald Trump bots worked to sway public opinion in the US election by secretly taking over pro-Hillary Clinton hashtags and spreading fake news stories. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Bots without borders: how anonymous accounts hijack political debate

Bots have not just been used in the US, but also in Australia, the UK, Germany, Syria and China. To what extent – and how – are they affecting political discourse?
French policemen investigating the abandonment of a car packed with gas cylinders near Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Women’s key role in Islamic State networks, explained

The recent arrest of female terrorists in France brought attention to the role women play in IS. A group of American academics studied this issue – with a surprising result.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies. shutterstock

Leave for surrogate parents in South Africa: no time for baby steps

South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn't provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.
A voting station in London where the remain vote was strong. Only the London region, Scotland and Northern Island voted to remain. Neil Hall/Reuters

The geography of Brexit: what the vote reveals about the Disunited Kingdom

The London area has been the U.K.'s political and economic power center, causing the social inequality with other parts of England and Wales that fueled the leave campaign.
Now what are you going to do with it? Neil Hall/Reuters

What explains Britain’s Brexit shocker?

UKIP's Nigel Farage and others blamed immigration for the desire to "leave." But the real subject of the referendum was a dismal economy that stopped working for most Brits.
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Would Brexit be followed by breakup of the United Kingdom?

The UK's regions – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – hold very different views about whether to remain in the EU, which means the country might not survive a Brexit in its current form.
With the “Brexit” decision looming, citizens of the European Union may be walking into a troublesome future. Neil Hall/Reuters

Is Europe over?

In two weeks, Brits will cast a vote that could change the future of the European Union. A UCLA expert explores the continent's greatest threats to unity.

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