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The Quaker and the Gamecock: Nathanael Greene, Thomas Sumter, and the Revolutionary War in the South

As the newly appointed commander of the Southern Continental Army in December 1780, Nathanael Greene quickly realized victory would not only require defeating the British Army, but also subduing the region's brutal civil war. "The division among the people is much greater than I imagined, and the Whigs and the Tories persecute each other, with little less than savage fury,” wrote Greene. Part of Greene’s challenge involved managing South Carolina's determined but unreliable Patriot militia,...

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Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who in the 1960s established herself as a fixture in films directed by Jean-Luc Godard, died on Saturday in Paris. She was 79.

France's culture minister confirmed the news, saying on Sunday that "her look was the look of New Wave. It will remain so forever."

The Hallmark Channel is facing fierce criticism from gay rights advocates after it pulled ads featuring a lesbian couple. The ad for the wedding planning site Zola shows a couple at the altar, wishing they had used the service before their big day.

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The Best Board Games Of 2019

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Israelis Brace For Yet Another Election

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The global climate talks in Madrid ended on Sunday – two days after its scheduled closing, and with little to show for the marathon session.

The Madrid-based summit, known as COP25, or generically as the U.N. Climate Change Summit, was intended as a time to hammer out the rules and commitments that would get the world's nations on track to meet the targets of the 2015 Paris climate accord. Instead, the talks showed deep divisions, as small countries highly vulnerable to rising seas and powerful storms were at odds with wealthy, high-emitting countries like the United States.

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News and Features from APM and PRI

“There’s no turning back now,” says 23-year-old history student Frank Araneda, his dark eyes shaded by a baseball cap in the evening sun in Maipú, a low-income neighborhood outside of Santiago.

“Chile will never go back to how it was before, and that’s a good thing,” he says. “It’s time we rebuilt society with different principles at its core — ones that represent all of us.”

Facebook content moderators sue over psychological trauma

Dec 12, 2019

Editor’s note: This story references violent acts and scenes.  

In the summer of 2017, Chris Gray walked into Facebook’s Dublin office for his first day of work as a content moderator.

“It's one of these very trendy, California-style open offices. Bright yellow emojis painted on the wall. It's all very pretty, very airy, seems very cool.”

Chris Gray, former content moderator for Facebook

The Washington Post’s "Afghanistan Papers" paint a picture of a long-running quagmire: A war without a defined objective waged against an unclear enemy and a battlefield strategy deeply out of touch with ground realities. US officials have long known the war was unwinnable, and they systematically concealed this from the US public.

The world’s biggest oil producer is making its first public stock offering this week.

The Saudi Arabian Oil Company, also known as Saudi Aramco, is offering 1.5% of the company in an initial public offering on the Saudi stock exchange.

A flourish of red and green flags and giant multicolored buses marked the arrival of Colombia’s Indigenous Guard to Bogotá to take part in a third national strike last week. They were greeted by cheering supporters, surrounded by murals of Che Guevara and other deceased left-wing leaders at Colombia’s largest public university, where they were being hosted.

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