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Chinese girl finds a way out of tedious homework: make a robot do it

HONG KONG — Some would say she cheated. Others would say she found an efficient way to finish her tedious assignment and ought to be applauded for her initiative.

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop stepping down

SYDNEY — Julie Bishop, the popular former Australian foreign minister, said Thursday that she would not run in coming federal elections, adding to the conservative government’s already-bleak image as a place that is inhospitable to women.

Venezuela’s ex-spy chief accuses Maduro of corruption

CARACAS, Venezuela — A former intelligence chief in Venezuela who is one of the government’s most prominent figures turned against President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday, calling him a dictator with a corrupt inner circle that has engaged in drug trafficking and courted the militant group Hezbollah.

With victims outside Vatican’s walls, Francis opens meeting on clerical abuse

Church leaders heard searing prerecorded video testimonials from abuse survivors, including one made pregnant three times by a priest who started abusing her at age 15, beat her and forced her to have abortions.

Recruitment of new soldiers threatens South Sudan’s peace

South Sudan’s rival armed groups are forcefully recruiting civilians, including child soldiers, violating a fragile peace deal signed five months ago.

Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO

The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.

Opinion & Ideas

Editorial

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/turner092618METRO27bikestarts92[1].jpg A bicycle safety measure that should be law

One of the most crucial fixes for bicycle safety is a device for trucks that should be mandatory.

Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/04/29/BostonGlobe.com/HealthScience/Advance/Images/29nursing--90x90.jpg A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.