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Op-Ed Contributor: The Enduring Curse of Caste

Photo Dalits, or untouchables, traditionally sweep trash and clean overflowing sewage from roadsides in India. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times NEW DELHI — Of the many protests to convulse public universities across India in recent weeks, the one held on Feb. 23, in which thousands of students, faculty and activists marched through central Delhi demanding “Justice for ...

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Deep Rifts Among Israeli Jews Are Found in Religion Survey

Photo A market in Lod, Israel. A study found that only 1 percent of Israel’s Muslim, Christian and Druse minorities said they had a spouse of a different religion. Credit Uriel Sinai for The New York Times JERUSALEM — Most Israeli Jews marry within their own religious or secular subgroups and inhabit largely separate social worlds, according to the findings ...

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Unease After Donald Trump Depicts Tokyo as an Economic Rival

Photo Donald Trump in 1987 at his home in Greenwich, Conn. Credit Joe McNally/Getty Images TOKYO — Donald J. Trump has often aimed his raucous brand of disparagement at foreign countries during his presidential run. There is China, “ripping off” the United States on trade and stealing its jobs. And Mexico, closing its eyes to a flood of migrants and ...

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Iraq Truck Bomb Kills 33 at Checkpoint Near Babylonian Ruins

Photo Residents gathered at the site of a suicide bombing on Sunday at a checkpoint in Hilla, Iraq, south of Baghdad. Credit Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters BAGHDAD — At least 33 people were killed and 115 wounded in the Iraqi city of Hilla on Sunday when a fuel truck driven by a suicide bomber exploded at a checkpoint not far from the ...

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Alumni of Britain’s Elite Schools

Photo Eton College, a boys’ school just outside London, was founded by King Henry VI in 1440. Credit Christopher Furlong/Getty Images LONDON — Graduates of Britain’s famous private schools are still overrepresented in the upper tiers of British life, from government to the arts. The following 10 schools educate only about 0.3 percent of students, but they account for about ...

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Sinosphere: Q. and A.: How China’s National People’s Congress Works

Photo Outside the Great Hall of the People on Friday in Beijing, where delegates from the National People’s Congress and an advisory body have been gathering this week. Credit Andy Wong/Associated Press HONG KONG — The annual session of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, is a carefully crafted pageant intended to convey the image of a transparent, responsive government. ...

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China Military Budget to Rise No More Than 8%, Slower Than Usual

Photo Military delegates arrived for a session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on Friday. Credit Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images BEIJING — China’s military budget will rise by 7 percent to 8 percent this year, less than the double-digit increases that have been the norm for years, a senior official said on Friday. But the ...

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