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US President Joe Biden shakes hands with Indonesian President and G20 host Joko Widodo at the 2022 summit in Nusa Dua, Bali. ANTARA FOTO/Media Center G20 Indonesia/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/wsj.

What is the G20 summit in Bali? Who’s there? And what are the top 3 topics on the agenda?

With “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” as its theme, the 2022 summit has global health, digital transformation, and a sustainable energy transition high on the agenda.
Presiden Joko Widodo (kanan) berjabat tangan dengan Presiden Amerika Serikat Joe Biden saat pertemuan bilateral di sela rangkaian kegiatan KTT G20 Indonesia di Nusa Dua, Bali, Senin (14/11/2022). ANTARA FOTO/Media Center G20 Indonesia/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/wsj.

G20 2022 Bali: memahami istilah penting dan tujuan berkumpulnya kepala negara ekonomi terbesar di dunia

Masih banyak masyarakat yang belum memahami apa itu G20, apa tujuannya dan apa gunanya bagi negara-negara di seluruh dunia secara umum, dan bagi Indonesia secara khusus.
Necesita estar preparado para poder votar el día de las elecciones. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Qué hacer si su derecho a votar es impugnado el día de las elecciones

El día de las elecciones en el centro de votación le dicen a usted que no está registrado como votante o que no tiene derecho a votar. Una abogada de derechos civiles ofrece una guía para que los votantes conozcan los derechos que tienen de votar.
You need to be prepared so you can vote on Election Day. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

What to do if your vote is challenged on Election Day

It’s Election Day, you go to vote – and you’re told you’re not registered or you’re not eligible to vote. A civil rights lawyer provides a guide so voters can know their rights to cast a ballot.
Women are more likely to vote than men, but white women have different voting tendencies than women of color. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

How gender, race, age and voter ID laws affect whether a voter actually casts a ballot

Every citizen has the right to vote. But various characteristics and legal requirements affect how likely any one person is to actually cast a ballot.
A Long Island Power Authority smart meter installed at a home in Suffolk County, N.Y. John Paraskevas/Newsday RM via Getty Images

Smart meters and dynamic pricing can help consumers use electricity when it’s less costly, saving money and reducing pollution

Most households pay a flat rate 24/7 for electricity although the cost of generating it fluctuates through the day. Wireless technologies are changing that system.
This Russian short-range cruise missile, the Iskander-K, can carry nuclear warheads for several hundred miles. Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP

What are tactical nuclear weapons? An international security expert explains and assesses what they mean for the war in Ukraine

Tactical nuclear weapons were designed to be used on the battlefield rather than for strategic defense, but that doesn’t mean there’s a plausible case for using them.
Book-banning campaigns often misrepresent how young readers consume and process literature. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Book bans reflect outdated beliefs about how children read

The US is seeing more campaigns to ‘protect’ children by barring controversial books. But research shows children’s reading experiences are complex and unpredictable, explains a literature professor.
A man reads an Iranian newspaper with a headline in Farsi that says, ‘The night of the end of the JCPOA,’ or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Iran and the US appear unlikely to reach a new nuclear deal – leaving everyone more unsafe

A nuclear nonproliferation expert explains why Iran was always unlikely to return to the 2015 international agreement that limited its nuclear weapon development.
Jewish deportees march through the German town of Würzburg to the railroad station on April 25, 1942. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration

Unknown Holocaust photos – found in attics and archives – are helping researchers recover lost stories and providing a tool against denial

Holocaust scholars long relied on documents and survivor testimonies to help reconstruct the history of that tragic event. Now, they’re turning to wordless witnesses to learn more: pictures.
Many people attribute their coffee drinking to the need to feel more alert, but research shows that habit is just as big a driver behind caffeine consumption. Westend61/Getty Images

To break unhealthy habits, stop obsessing over willpower – two behavioral scientists explain why routines matter more than conscious choices

Understanding and changing the environment in which habits form is a critical step when it comes to breaking unwanted behaviors and forming healthy ones.

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