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A Ukrainian soldier uses a periscope to view the positions of Russian-led forces on Dec. 12, 2021, in Zolote, Ukraine. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukraine got a signed commitment in 1994 to ensure its security – but can the US and allies stop Putin’s aggression now?

As Russia threatens to invade Ukraine, Ukrainians wonder about the worth of a 1994 agreement signed by Russia, the US and the UK, who promised to protect the newly independent state’s sovereignty.
In this rare photograph taken in 2000, prisoners at the Ferguson Unit in Texas are seen working in the prison’s cotton fields. Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

The 13th Amendment’s fatal flaw created modern-day convict slavery

The 13th Amendment is given credit for freeing an estimated 4 million enslaved people during the Civil War era. It also enabled a prison system of free labor and involuntary servitude.
Most nonprofits must file this paperwork with the IRS every year. Dean R Specker/iStock via Getty Images Plus

What’s a 990 form? A charity accounting expert explains

The government makes the information nonprofits report on this form available to the public, enhancing transparency and accountability.
Specialized anatomy means flightless penguins are master swimmers. Christopher Michel

How many bones do penguins have?

How did penguins end up with so few bones – and become lightning-fast swimmers?
Protests around the world aim to end human trafficking. Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

Schools join the fight against human trafficking

As schools across the US begin to teach students and staff how to prevent human trafficking, a scholar explains five key elements of anti-trafficking education.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sits in St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 8, 2015. A long-awaited report on sexual abuse faulted his handling of four cases. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Pope Benedict accused of mishandling sex abuse cases: 4 essential reads

A German report accused retired Pope Benedict XVI of mishandling several cases of sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. Here are a few of our related articles on the Catholic Church’s crisis.

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