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Daily News Briefing

November 2016

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Cuba's future

The passing of a cold-war icon could eventually cue up a generational change.

Aleppo endgame

Syria's military is likely to win the 5 ½-year-old civil war. But its brute-force tactics will make national reconciliation difficult.

The enemy next door

Fidel Castro whipped up a frenzy of anti-Americanism for more than a half century. But the US has learned lessons from it.

Earth in the balance

The president-elect's shift on climate change might be as much about practical politics as about saving the planet.

Between the lines

Fairer electoral districting could be a partial balm for political polarization.

Eye in the sky

The launch of a new satellite is a leap forward for weather forecasts – and for the international cooperation that forecasts require.

America's role reversal

America has been deeply shaped by liberal cultural and political forces in recent years. The prospect of change has been jarring.

Permanent interests

Better relations between the US and Russia would be good for each nation. But differences in values and interests can't be ignored.

Hiring and firing

Because of concern among establishment Republicans about the nature of a Trump presidency, filling key positions is proving difficult.

Preserving the past

The Islamic State has done terrible things to innocent people. And it has tried to erase the past. Both practices must be defeated.