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In 100 days since the mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of the girls' parents have died

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's been 100 days since the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian school girls. Since the abductions, at least 11 of the girls' parents have died. President Goodluck Jonathan met today with some of the surviving parents,as Nigerian journalist Chude Jideonwo explains
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How Hamas is taking on the Middle East's most powerful army — and holding its own

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Israeli military officers have said they're surprised by how well Hamas is fighting against Israeli soldiers. That's because of a years-long effort by Hamas to boost their defenses and train their fighters for new kinds of battles.
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Bump, set, spike! Check out this Chinese-twist on volleyball that's a hit in the US

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you spot what appears to be a particularly intense volleyball match in your local Chinatown, you might do a quick head count. It may be a game of nine-man, a sport with roots in China and old, exclusionary US immigration laws.
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When I went home to India, I tried to speak Hindi but everyone wanted to speak English

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants civil servants to communicate in Hindi. But when Indian-American writer Deepak Singh went home to India this summer, it seemed like everyone there wanted to speak English.
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Talk of a negotiated ceasefire in Gaza remains just that — talk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Egypt to help broker a ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. But so far there's no sign that a settlement is any closer to happening — and bombs and rockets continue to fly.
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Small signs of progress for investigators looking into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Senior Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksander Borodai may have handed over the black boxes from Malaysia Airlines flight 17 to Malaysian experts, but the crash site itself is still open and unsecured. And fighting continues in the distance.
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A BBC program is reuniting Somali families torn apart by conflict

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For nearly two decades, the BBC Somali service has aired a straightforward but unusual program. It's little more than a list of names being read over the air, but it's become a success in helping reunite families scattered by Somalia's civil war.
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Even evacuating South Africa's rhinos may not save them from poachers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The rhinos of Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest game reserve, are under siege from poachers. But a plan to evacuate them to other other game parks might not help solve the poaching problem at all.
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Israeli soldiers say they're fighting an improved Hamas — and paying a steep price

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Israel Defense Forces are unmatched in the Middle East. But seven more of its soldiers died in fighting on Monday, bringing the total to 25 Israelis killed since ground operations began last Thursday. That's because Hamas is better on the battlefield than before.
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Civilians in Gaza City say nowhere is safe amidst the Israeli assault on Hamas targets

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fighting in the the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya has reduced many areas to rubble. The BBC's Lyse Doucet tells PRI's The World that residents can't find shelter, despite Israeli assurances to the contrary.
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The Malaysia Airlines crash site is essentially one huge crime scene

Monday, July 21, 2014

Instead of trained forensic investigators, the people combing through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 so far have been miners. The BBC's Natalia Antelava describes the scene to PRI's The World and explains why it was crucial to treat the crash site as a crime scene.
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The Malaysia Airlines crash site is a huge crime scene. And it's being trampled

Monday, July 21, 2014

Instead of trained forensic investigators, the people combing through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 so far have been miners. The BBC's Natalia Antelava describes the scene and explains why it should have been treated like a crime scene.
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Beachcombers are finding a haul from 5 million Legos lost at sea

Monday, July 21, 2014

If you've ever found some Lego figures and accessories, from dragons to swords to diving masks and more, on an Atlantic beach, there's a chance a child left them ... or they might have come from a storm 17 years ago. A woman in England told us the story of the Legos lost at sea.
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Protests spread north over unaccompanied migrant children coming to 'our town'

Monday, July 21, 2014

At first, there were isolated protests in border states like California and Arizona over relocating migrant children to detention centers while they awaited immigration proceedings. This weekend, anger and protests spread across the US, reaching New Hampshire, Maine, Minnesota and even Alaska.
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Russians react to the Malaysia airplane tragedy with denials, conspiracy theories — and tears

Monday, July 21, 2014

As evidence mounts that a Russian anti-aircraft missile was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the government and ordinary Russians distrust the facts and deny that Russia had any responsibility. Moscow-based reporter Natalia Antonova shared the reactions she heard, including real sadness at the tragedy, with PRI's The World.
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Dutch voices demand their government get tough with Russia over the downed Malaysia Airlines flight

Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s time for the Netherlands to "man up" to Russia. That's what one Dutch columnist is saying about his country's muted response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine.
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A Russian writer who wrote about the absurdity of life now has a street in Queens named after him

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.
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Why will Israel's invasion of Gaza be different this time around?

Friday, July 18, 2014

With the start of ground operations in Gaza, Israel has now sent troops into the territory for the third time in six years. So what's different about this latest round of fighting?
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For Israelis, the ground operation is a success — for Gazans, it has just heightened the violence

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rocket launches are down and tunnels are being destroyed in the Gaza Strip, which are signs of progress for the Israeli military. But Gazans say the ground offensive is creating more deaths and "ghost town scenes" across the tiny territory, with no sign of a possible ceasefire.
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Ukraine and Russia each produce accusations, and evidence, over who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tension between Russia and Ukraine is rising, as each accuses the other of being responsible for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet. Meanwhile, the Netherlands goes into mourning, saying this is their 9/11, since more than half the passengers on the flight were Dutch.
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