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For the first time ever, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty fell below 10 percent in 2015.

Projections from the World Bank show the poverty rate falling to single digits—from 12.8 percent in 2012 to 9.6 percent. This means the world is making strides toward ending extreme poverty by 2030, which is a part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Read More

After the devastating ISIS attacks in Paris this fall—which began with terrorists allegedly posing as Syrian refugees in order to get into France—the United States found itself in a raging debate about accepting refugees on domestic soil. It revealed a country deeply divided, especially along political lines. Read More

When Taylor Swift sold 1.3 million albums in the first week after 1989 released in 2014, the music world chalked it up as unique. And then, hello, there was Adele. Her much-anticipated third album, 25, which released in late November, passed that number easily—shattering all digital single-week sales records. Combining CDs and digital sales, the new queen of pop moved 2.5 million copies in the U.S. the first week, passing even the all-time record holder, NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. Read More

Good news: Society needs you to binge on Netflix. A recent study suggests that watching TV dramas can increase your emotional intelligence, which means watching TV might actually help make you a better person. Read More

We already knew Americans are losing their religion, but recent data shows that the national lack of religious affiliation is bleeding into foundational beliefs as well. According to Pew, a growing minority of Americans now say they don’t believe in God at all. And when it comes to certainty about God, the changes have even affected some Christian groups. Evangelicals and historically black churches strengthened their certainty in their belief, but other religious groups have become more doubtful: Read More