Protesters mourn jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong on July 13. Officials say China's most prominent political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has died. He was 61. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Verna YuJuly 13, 2017
Mr. Liu’s death stoked anger among his supporters because of Beijing’s refusal to allow him to travel abroad to seek treatment. Many also accused the Chinese authorities of withholding information about his illness until it was too late to be treated.
President Jacob Zuma addressing the BRICS Leaders Meeting ahead of the G-20 Leaders Summit, July 7 in Hamburg. (Photo: GCIS)
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One of the themes that emerged from A.N.C. conference was party renewal. Father Mkhatshwa is skeptical. He says that the A.N.C. is redeemable, but “they need new people to do it.”
Airstrikes target Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City on July 11 a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" in Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJuly 13, 2017
Many have simply walked from the city to the desert camps, a distance of 20 to 30 kilometers, says Mr. El-Mahdi. Now they confront hunger, thirst and the desert’s unforgiving sun. “The summer heat is brutal.”
Politics & Society Dispatches

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Political polarization in America has recently peaked, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center and Gallup, among others.

Faith Dispatches
Catholic bishops there are grappling with a difficult question: Should those who end their lives with the assistance of medication be given a Catholic funeral?
(AP Photo/Matthew J. Sroka)
Politics & Society Dispatches
A record low moving rate may be worsening inequality in the United States.