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The US and Japan must be open to talks with North Korea, Behind Saudi Arabia?s anti-corruption drive, Analysts misunderstand Saudi Arabia?s transformation, The Paradise Papers are an opportunity to improve law, Kenyatta must heal Kenya?s wounds

?The summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump may have been a success in demonstrating the solid Japan-U.S. alliance in the face of North Korea?s security threat...,? states an editorial. ?A new [Saudi Arabian] anti-corruption committee was announced in the kingdom and immediately struck, detaining high profile business people and royals...,? writes Faisal Al Yafai.

Readers write: Thoughts from readers on columnist Ruth Walker

Following Ruth Walker?s passing, I wanted to pass on a sincere appreciation for a woman who made my day almost every time I read her ?Verbal Energy? column. In fact, truth to tell, it was usually the first thing I turned to when my Monitor Weekly arrived. (No offense, all you serious reporters and bureau chiefs ? I got to you eventually.) But Ruth had such a way with words (fancy that!) that she just brightened my day and often sent me into peals of laughter.

In Latin America, no more women presidents ? for now

In a part of the world known for its rampant machismo, the recent Presidenta period marked a hopeful turning point for Latin America. There have been signs of progress in gender equality in many nations, but some women are disappointed that Bachelet and her fellow women leaders did not do more. ?At one point Latin America had four women presidents at the same time,? in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Costa Rica, says Farida Jalalzai, who teaches politics at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Congress has an 'et tu?' moment as it grapples with sexual harrassment

Now, it?s the US Capitol ? where a wave of complaints about sexual abuse and harassment have flooded the stately halls and engulfed a sitting senator, Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota. Women lawmakers and aides say inappropriate sexual behavior has long been ?pervasive? on the Hill, largely kept in the shadows amid an insular, old-boys-club culture that persists to this day. ?I was of a generation of survivors that never said a word,? Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D) of New Hampshire told reporters after she and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to make it easier to file sexual harassment complaints in Congress.

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