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NAFTA and other trade agreements are hard to assess, but they are changing the way the world works.

Doctors Without Borders stayed in Kunduz after other aid agencies had left, until hit by an airstrike Saturday. It was a symbol of the enormous good aid workers do in impossible situations.

The US and Russia are leading separate coalitions with separate aims in Syria. It is imperative that they avoid a direct clash.

Setbacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria show that training and equipment are not enough to "stand up" an army

After Assad

Russia’s defense of Syria’s flailing regime doesn’t point to an endgame in the civil war.

The world's annual meeting

While nations are still divided by disputes and conflicts, 70 years of UN meetings affirms their desire to build a better world.

A pope's politics lesson

Pope Francis asked Congress to display a 'spirit of cooperation,' then showed how it could be done.

Why leaders must talk

Face-to-face meetings between heads of state decrease the likelihood of misjudgment over ongoing conflicts. That's always important.

Environmental morality

The VW emissions scandal underscores the need for higher moral standards in safeguarding Earth's environment.

Fragrant Harbor

One year on, Hong Kong's democracy movement appears to be back to Square 1.