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Daily News Briefing

September 2015

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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.

Second thoughts on jihad

As Islamic State recruits trade the group's propaganda image for its grim reality, disenchantment grows.

A State Department official expects a 'steep' increase in the number of Syrian refugees taken by the US – catching the spirit of an Icelandic Samaritan.

Japan rethinks defense

A nation that has renounced war in its Constitution is poised to take a more active role in regional security.

An economy not yet in balance

As the Federal Reserve considers inching up interest rates, economic indicators urge caution.