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Sweden hopes to project a new image with its official font

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sweden has its own national flag and unique history, and now it has its own font, too. The government has created a typeface of its own, called Sweden Sans, as part of a new branding project.
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These kids watched their science project disappear in the Antares rocket explosion

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Four Canadian students were ecstatic to have their science experiment headed to the International Space Station aboard the Antares rocket. So they gathered to watch the launch on Tuesday — only to see it explode live on TV.
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The Arab Spring was no failure, says one activist who refuses to give up

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Four years since they began, the verdict seems clear: The Arab uprisings failed. But one online activist — who’s been deported, jailed and is now seeking asylum in the West — says not so fast. He refuses to give up on the original promise of the Arab Spring.
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Italy has been rescuing migrants stranded at sea — but they don't want to pay for it

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

After receiving little help from the European Union, Italy is considering closing down its "Mare Nostrum" operation. The operation was designed to rescue immigrants stuck out at sea. Now countries in the European Union say they can't afford to support this operation.
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How the war in Afghanistan taught the British Army to talk

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This week, the British Army departs from Afghanistan, but it's taking a whole new vocabulary with it, to add to its rich tradition of adopting foreign slang and jargon.
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What happens in Vegas, stays in a Vegas casino's database

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We all know the saying about Vegas, but be aware that all of things that stay in Vegas still end up in the huge data repositories of casinos. Adam Tanner's new book tracks how they're vacuuming up every bit of information they can on their customers to keep people coming back.
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Meet the undocumented workers who rebuilt New York and New Jersey after Sandy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's been two years ago since Hurricane Sandy destroyed large swaths of New York city and caused huge damage across the Northeast. Undocumented immigrants dealt with the danger and dirt of the cleanup, getting low wages and health problems for the work that got communities back on their feet.
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A German village keeps the lights on with windmills and pig manure

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The tiny German village of Feldheim, about 50 miles southwest of Berlin, has sworn off fossil fuels and nuclear power. It produces every bit of its electricity and heat from local sources, and a key way it does that is by using manure from local farms.
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Afghan success stories aren't quite what they seem

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In some scattered areas of Afghanistan, like the district of Gizab, coalition forces were able to claim victories over the Taliban, driving them out with the help of locals. But as international troops leave, those alleged successes are becoming far more fragile.
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Secular parties won Tunisia's election, but they may have to govern with Islamists

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

After Tunisians launched the first of the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011, it's local Islamist party, Ennahda, took power. Now Tunisians have elected a new secular party in voting over the weekend, but the victory may force the two to work together in a coalition government.
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Some Portuguese immigrants feel isolated as they grow old in their adopted home

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Margarida Xavier came to Massachusetts in the 1960s, when the Portuguese community in New Bedford was a booming microcosm of life back home. As younger generations integrate, life for the most elderly immigrants, who still maintain the culture and language of their home, are feeling isolated.
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The Ford era ends in Toronto as the city elects a new mayor

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For years, Toronto mayor Rob Ford has provided comedy shows with punchlines — but the joke is over. After years of scandals involving things like drunk driving and crack cocaine abuse, Rob Ford is no longer mayor, and his brother lost his bid to fill his seat.
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Film traces how Nouri al-Maliki's treatment of Iraqi Sunnis helped ISIS get stronger

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The rise of ISIS took many in the West and in the Middle East by surprise. How could this group manage to take over large swaths of territory both in Syria and in Iraq in such a short amount of time? A new documentary called "The Rise of ISIS" takes a look at the group's early days.
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Erbil's abandoned construction sites are a 'saving grace' for refugees

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just a few months ago, Erbil — the de-facto capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region — was riding high on an economic oil and gas boom. That all came to a halt when ISIS militants took over nearby Mosul. Now those half-finished buildings are home to displaced Iraqi families.
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How a wedding gown designer is taking on hazmat suits

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jill Andrews is a Baltimore-based designer who specializes in custom bridal and evening gowns. But this past weekend, she participated in the Emergency Ebola Design Challenge, where she was tasked with designing improved protective gear for health workers on the frontlines of the Ebola crisis.
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South Korea considers the death penalty for the man who shipwrecked a ferry

Monday, October 27, 2014

Six months after the ferry crash that killed nearly 300 people, among them many high school students, South Korea is considering executing the vessel's captain. It would be the country's first use of capital punishment in almost 20 years, but many South Koreans simply want to move on.
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Nigerian girls who escaped from Boko Haram describe their ordeal

Monday, October 27, 2014

The fate of Nigeria's missing schoolgirls is still unknown, six months after their abduction by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. But a number of girls who evaded or escaped from Boko Haram have described their ordeal to Human Rights Watch
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How to keep farming when God says to stop

Monday, October 27, 2014

According to Jewish law, farmers are supposed to leave their fields fallow every seventh year — which happens to be right now. But among farmers who pay attention to the decree, called "shmita," there are all sorts of technicalities that allow them to keep on growing.
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Laura Poitras' new documentary tells the Edward Snowden story — with some free computer lessons thrown in

Monday, October 27, 2014

Filmmaker Laura Poitras was one of the journalists whom Edward Snowden selected last year to tell his story. Now Poitras has released a new documentary with footage from the meetings that made Snowden a global figure and digital security an everyday concern.
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The killing of a South African soccer star highlights the nation's rising murder rate

Monday, October 27, 2014

South African soccer star Senzo Meyiwa was known for his incredible skills in goal, recently earning the starting spot on his country's national team. But he died on Sunday during a robbery at his girlfriend's house, stunning South Africans and bringing even more attention to gun violence there.
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