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Is There A Cure For Hate?

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Taly Kogon and her son Leo, 10, listen to speakers during an interfaith vigil against anti-semitism and hate at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Fla.

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Islamic State Dumped At Least 6,000 Bodies In Mass Graves In Iraq, U.N. Says

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In Mosul, reminders of the Islamic State’s brutal rule include a school wall covered with drawings showing how Islamic State militants executed their prisoners. The U.N. says the area around the city holds mass graves where thousands of people were killed and buried.

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In Colombia, Artist Renders Tons Of Rebel Guns Into Floor Tiles

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Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo (center) cleans a spill on the floor during the pre-inauguration of her peace monument titled Fragmentos (Fragments), for which she used metal melted-down from the weapons handed over by FARC guerrilla fighters to make the floor, in Bogotá on July 31.

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Voter Purges Are Up, But Most Americans Won’t See Problems At The Polls

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A voter casts her vote early at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday.

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The World Is More Interested Than Usual In The U.S. Midterm Elections. Here’s Why

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No matter which party makes a strong showing this Tuesday, the ramifications of the midterms will be felt around the world.

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Technical Difficulties May Jeopardize Food Stamps At Farmers Markets

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Shoppers who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may find it harder to use their benefits to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets like this one in Minneapolis, Minn., while the goverment changes contractors.

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Record-Setting Sale Of An Ancient Assyrian Stone Relief Sparks Looting Fears In Iraq

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Assyrian artifacts are displayed at Iraq’s National Museum in Baghdad in 2016. The $30 million sale of a 3,000-year-old Assyrian relief is sparking concern that similar artifacts will be looted.

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Beyond Plastic Bans: Creating Products To Replace It

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One of the BillerudKorsnäs packaging redesign projects replaced the plastic casing around camping gear with cardboard.

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‘Jim Crow’s Last Stand’ In Louisiana May Fall To Ballot Measure

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New Orleans resident Molly Ezell holds a sign on Monday promoting a Louisiana constitutional amendment that would require unanimous 12-member jury verdicts in felony cases in the state.

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Voters May Tax Tech Companies To Fight Homelessness

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A man panhandles along a sidewalk in downtown San Francisco, California on Tuesday, June, 28, 2016.

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New Homebuyers Face A Friendlier Housing Market, Thanks To Cooldown

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Sara Murawski, pictured on the patio of her new condo in Portland, Ore., has been dreaming of homeownership for two decades. This year, she became a first-time homebuyer — seeing first hand how Portland’s red-hot housing market is starting to cool and become a little friendlier to buyers.

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Reimposing Sanctions Will Hasten End Of Iran Nuclear Deal, Some Experts Warn

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An exchange shop displays rates for various currencies in downtown Tehran last month. Iran is bracing for the restoration of U.S. sanctions on its vital oil industry set to take effect on Monday, as it grapples with an economic crisis that has sparked sporadic protests over rising prices, corruption and unemployment.

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