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Canadians vote for a national bird, and the loon is in the lead

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Canada has the beaver as its national animal, but it doesn't have a national bird, even though almost everyone knows the Canada goose. Now Canadians can finally vote online for their favorite fowl, which might become a national symbol in 2017.
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Under pressure, Jordan proposes prisoner swap with ISIS

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ISIS has threatened to kill two hostages: an air force pilot from Jordan and a freelance journalist from Japan. Now Jordan has proposed a prisoner exchange, but will the deal satisfy ISIS? Can it happen soon enough?
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Ebola is creating a new epidemic of untreated illness and injury

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is slowing in some areas, but the crisis is far from over. And the virus' grip on the medical system in countries like Liberia means that people with other diseases or injuries often go without medical help.
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Western young women who join ISIS can't fight, but they sure can tweet

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

British researchers are studying Western women from afar who have migrated into ISIS territory to join the jihadist group. The women jihadists post often on social networks. And some say they aren't content to be militant wives and mothers. They are itching to fight for the Islamic State.
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Cuban artist describes regime's still-watchful eye

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tania Bruguera was arrested after trying to stage an open-mic performance in Revolution Square in Havana a few weeks back. She's free now, but without her passport, and "I'm followed 24-7 by a car and by people."
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A family that's made matzo on the Lower East Side for nearly a century prepares to leave the neighborhood

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For nearly 100 years, the Streit’s factory has been making matzo on the Lower East Side. But now Streit's is shuttering its flagship matzo factory in what was once the center of Jewish immigrant life in New York.
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Argentina's president declares war on 'the power behind the power' — her country's spies

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Secretaría de Inteligencia allegedly got its start helping Nazis move to Argentina. It's now a powerful spy agency that the president of Argentina is blaming for the recent murder of a prosecutor, and is trying to disband.
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Would you take 100 lashes to spare a Saudi blogger? They say they will

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A group of US university professors and human rights activists have written a letter to the Saudi ambassador to the US, asking him to stop the flagging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. If that's not possible, they say they're ready to take the lashes instead.
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It's a day of wild winter weather for PRI's The World

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It was a snow emergency in Boston on Tuesday, but The World's newsroom team braved the weather, coming to work on snowshoes and skis to deliver the day's news.
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Moscow gets formal blame for the 2006 killing of a dissident in London

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A court of inquiry in London has accused Russia of a "miniature nuclear attack" on the British capital. The inquiry says 2006 murder of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive material, appears to have been carried out at Moscow's behest, but the evidence is still secret.
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Saudi students in the US have confidence in their new king

Monday, January 26, 2015

More than 70,000 Saudis are studying at American colleges and universities thanks to scholarships from the late King Abdullah. Now that his brother, King Salman, is running the country, some of them say they're optimistic about their country's future and the prospects for reform.
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How I fell in love with the world's greatest cookie

Monday, January 26, 2015

About once a month, I meet a bearded guy in the lobby of my apartment building. He hands me a paper bag. I hand him some money. Yeah, I’ll admit it — I’m an addict. A cookie addict.
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A Yemeni watches from afar — again — as his country erupts in chaos

Monday, January 26, 2015

What's it feel like to watch your country succumb to revolution from afar? Ask Yemeni student Ibrahim al-Hajiby. He watched the Arab Spring engulf Yemen in 2011 from his college in Minnesota, and he's doing the same now as Houthi rebels take over the Yemeni government.
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Obama enjoys a Modi bromance during his India trip

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama visited with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, known as "India's Obama." The visit started with a precedent-breaking bear hug on the tarmac and has blossomed into a breakthrough on a nuclear deal between the two countries.
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Why Greek voters bucked Europe, backed an anti-austerity party

Monday, January 26, 2015

Voters in Greece have thrown their support behind Alexis Tsipras, the leader of a left-wing, anti-austerity party called Syriza. Tsipras says his first task as prime minister will be to renegotiate the tough economic measures imposed on Greece by the Eurozone, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Tsipras says he wants to give Greeks their dignity back.
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Meet the surfing grandfather from Florida who helped the Kurds fight ISIS

Monday, January 26, 2015

One day, Dean Parker was watching the news on TV. The next he was packing up body armor and preparing to fight with Kurdish forces against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria. Now he's looking for a flight home — and knows he has some explaining to do to the FBI and Homeland Security.
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Death of young woman in Egypt sparks anger

Monday, January 26, 2015

The death of young activist and poet Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was caught on camera. She was among a group of Egyptians who were marching on the streets of Cairo, four years after the Tahrir Square revolution.
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A Canadian photographer captures images of a whale 'poopnado'

Monday, January 26, 2015

This Canadian photographer was taking snaps of a sperm whale when he got caught in a massive poop storm — really.
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Kurdish men are joining ISIS to kill their own people

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hundreds of Kurds have crossed the front lines to join ISIS, essentially joining the fight against their own people. It’s shocking to many in the Kurdish semi-autonomous region of the Iraq, but government-paid preachers may have a hand in the phenomenon.
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Meet the Dancehall Queens of Brooklyn

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dancehall started in Jamaica in the 1970s. It's changed and morphed and winded it's way to Brooklyn.
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