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Biden in Poland: How NATO’s eastern half increasingly leads on Ukraine

Top Western European officials acknowledge that the war in Ukraine has pushed them to think differently about security. Today, France and Germany have gone from dismissing their Eastern neighbors’ concerns about Russian aggression to spearheading a robust call to arms that has surprised even themselves.

By Anna Mulrine Grobe Correspondent February

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Putin frames war as protecting Russia’s existence. Are Russians buying it?

But while Mr. Putin’s framing may be persuading the Russian public that the war is one of defense against NATO rather than of offense against Ukraine, it seems less likely that he is stirring their enthusiasm for the conflict. While support for the war remains high, there appears to be increasing desire among Russians, whether they favor the war or not, that it be resolved with peace talks soon. And while the possibility of defeat is not being entertained, the civic mood seems to be resignation rather than resolution.

By Fred Weir Special correspondent February 21, 2023 MOSCOW

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In those moments of my own heartbreak, I experienced something as I never had before. It was a presence that I didn’t feel I’d even had the will to call for, but was still making itself known to me. It felt like love – but not from a person. It was a sense of love that was so much bigger than anything personal or finite. And my upbringing as a Christian Scientist gave me the vocabulary for it: divine Love, another name for God.

By Jenny Sawyer February 10, 2023

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The hardest story to tell

As a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, where one of our driving missions is to shine light, I’m used to finding sources who are eager to tell me their stories of resilience or about their fights for justice. But this story raised particularly difficult questions that extended beyond the comfort zones of many of the people I contacted. I was asking them to explore their own journey of grief and healing in a way that many resented.

By Sara Miller Llana Staff writer February 15, 2023

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A Monitor newsroom debate: Is democracy a ‘value’?

We are having something of a debate within the Monitor newsroom: Is democracy a value? The literal answer to this question is easy. Democracy is not a value; it is a form of government. But as we explore the values driving news – from respect to equality to hope – democracy comes up an awful lot.

By Mark Sappenfield Editor February 13, 2023

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High-stakes pitch: Zelenskyy appeals to EU Parliament for membership

“A Ukraine that is winning is going to be a member of the European Union,” Mr. Zelenskyy said to applause, building his address around the common destiny that Ukraine and the 27-nation bloc face in confronting Russia head-on.

By Raf Casert and Samuel Petrequin Associated Press February 9, 2023 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

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