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A previously obscure 34-page, jargon-filled document is causing political convulsions across Europe — even though it’s not even legally binding. Italy this week became the latest in a string of European countries to say it would not sign the U.N.’s Global Compact on Migration at a ceremony in Marrakech in just under two weeks. From the Netherlands through Belgium and Germany to Slovakia, the pact has triggered infighting in ruling parties and governments, with at least one administration close to breaking point.  Learn more >>>

For Costa Rica, the modalities of South-South and Triangular cooperation promote a horizontal and equitable exchange, taking advantage of the partner countries and with a multiplying effect that allows greater impact on development. These assistance and exchange mechanisms, also called solidarity cooperation, involve local communities and enterprises in Costa Rica, in sectors such as community rural tourism or the treatment of drinking water in rural aqueducts. Learn more >>>

Chinese scientist He Jiankui speaks at the Human Genome Editing Summit in Hong Kong on Nov. 28. He has come under fire from scientists and religious figures for his experiment with genetically edited babies. Father Joseph Tham, a professor in the school of bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, said the experiment was unfair on the genetically edited babies.  Learn more >>>

When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present. It was the invention of a powerful gene-editing tool, CRISPR, which is cheap and easy to deploy, that made the birth of humans genetically modified in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) center a theoretical possibility. Learn more >>>

ROME – Perhaps one of the most pondered questions of all time concerns the existence of evil – what it is, why it exists, and why a loving God would permit it.  Yet despite centuries of stroked beards, no clear answer has been found by philosophers and humanitarians who have delved into the topic. This week psychiatrists, neurologists and priests took up the discussion again from a scientific view, asking whether there are such things as “good” and “evil” brains – and how, if at all, this intersects with faith. Learn more >>>

When Matteo Salvini took over as Italy’s interior minister in June, he made one thing clear: the “good times” for asylum seekers and migrants were over.But at the San Ferdinando ghetto in southern Italy the “good times” never properly arrived in the first place. This was home to Sacko Soumayla, a 29-year-old Malian trade unionist who was fighting for the rights of migrant workers. Soumayla was shot in the head by an Italian while rummaging for metal to repair his makeshift home. Learn more >>>

Poisonous air is having a devastating impact on billions of children around the world, damaging their intelligence and leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, according to a report from the World Health Organization. The study found that more than 90% of the world’s young people – 1.8 billion children – are breathing toxic air, storing up a public health time bomb for the next generation. Learn more >>>