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Women protest against child marriage in Albany, New York. AP Photo/Anna Gronewold

Child marriage is still legal in the US

It is possible for minors in all 50 states to get married. A scholar explains the long history of child marriage, mostly of young girls, in the US.
While California’s shocking and deadly wildfires are a tragedy making headlines, future crises lurk beneath the surface elsewhere. Gene Blevins/Reuters

To prevent the next global crisis, don’t forget today’s small disasters

From California's fires to the Rohingya, headlines can be overwhelming these days. But that doesn't mean we should neglect so-called 'silent crises,' which can quickly erupt into global disasters.
Evangelicals are supporting Roy Moore despite the allegations against him. But would liberals make similar compromises? Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Why evangelicals are OK with voting for Roy Moore

A scholar who has interviewed hundreds of Christians across the country explains how he sees religious beliefs and values intertwining with pragmatic concerns.
Voter turnout was under 50 percent in Venezuela’s Dec. 10 mayor elections, which were boycotted by most opposition parties. Reuters

Venezuelan regime sweeps mayors races, tightening Maduro’s grip on power

Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party won 39 of 40 major mayoral races on Dec. 10. A victorious President Nicolás Maduro is now likely to call a snap presidential election early next year. Can he win?
With Jerusalem off the table as a shared territory, a two-state solution to the Middle East has become impossible. Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

What will Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem mean to Palestinians?

Even before Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict was far-fetched. Now it's all but impossible. And that might not be a bad thing.
Violence erupted across Honduras as the country responded to a presidential election that’s too close to call. No matter who wins, the bloodshed is likely to continue. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Honduras’s election crisis is likely to end in violence

Nearly two weeks after its election, Honduras still does not have a president. Clashes across the country have killed a dozen protesters, and police are now refusing to enforce a national curfew.
Colombians look on as House of Representatives prepares to vote on transitional justice framework after 10 months of delays. Jaime Saldarriaga/Retuers

The latest threat to peace in Colombia: Congress

Conservative congressional reps in Colombia have been stalling votes on key parts of the country's peace accords through endless petitions and nonstop debate. In short, they're filibustering.
‘Fearless Girl’ dons a pink hat on March 8, 2017, on Wall Street in New York. An inscription at the base reads, ‘Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference.’ AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Could the ERA pass in the #Metoo era?

A huge majority of Americans support equal rights for women. Is now the right time to get an amendment passed?
Many of the Iranian dead in the Nov. 12 Iran earthquake lived in the Mehr Housing, state-built affordable apartments that crumbled when other buildings stayed up. AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Kurdistan earthquake: politics creates roadblocks to relief

On Nov. 12, a 7.3 magnitude quake killed some 500 and injured 7,000 along the Iran-Iraq border. This Kurdish area has also been crushed by war and, after a recent separatist vote, militarily attacked.
Women shipfitters working on board the USS Nereus at the U.S. Navy Yard in Mare Island, circa 1943. Department of Defense

Rosie the Riveters discovered a wartime California dream

Thousands of American women moved west to take advantage of wartime employment opportunities during WWII. For some, this version of the California dream was temporary; for others, it lasted a lifetime.
Beatriz Sánchez’s strong finish in the first round of Chile’s presidential election has thrown the race wide open. Her new left-wing party also won 20 congressional seats. Andres Pina/Aton via AP)

Chile heads into presidential runoff with a transformed political landscape

Young parties are bringing new life to Chile's stale politics, finally ending the post-Pinochet period. As the presidential runoff approaches in December, the race for the presidency is now wide open.
A tangle of rules govern what to do when a California inmate dies. AP Photo

Who will bury Charles Manson?

If no one claims the remains of cult leader and killer Charles Manson, it's unclear what will happen to his body. Will it find an anonymous California grave or face dissection in an anatomy lab?
An anti-war protester wears a mask showing US President Donald Trump in Berlin, Germany. AP Photo/Michael Sohn

If Trump wants nuclear war, virtually no one can stop him

A former diplomat and foreign policy expert explains just how easily the president could bypass objections to war, from Congress to dissenting generals.