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Meet Russia's unlikely poster boy — and cheesemaker — for its embargo on Western goods

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jay Close has built houses, jumped out of planes, and cooked food for the Rolling Stones. Now he's a cheese maker in Russia who's reaping the benefits of Moscow's embargo on Western food imports. And this American is awfully popular right now with his Russian customers and the media.
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A rare colossal squid was dissected in New Zealand — and you can watch it on YouTube

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last summer in the southern hemisphere, a fishing vessel in the Antarctic Ocean pulled up a rare creature — a 770-pound colossal squid. Only one other such animal had been pulled up intact before, surprisingly, by the same vessel. It is thought that the giant marine beast might be the origin of legends of undersea monsters. Scientists in New Zealand froze it to preserve it and just defrosted and dissected it.
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If Scotland votes 'Yes,' the UK's nuclear force could be in trouble

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Some Scots argue that independence from the UK could have many unintended consequences. One would be this: Britain's entire nuclear arsenal is based there and would no longer be welcome.
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The Scottish independence movement learned from Quebec's failed votes for separation

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For separatists in Quebec, a couple of failed tries at an independence referendum have led to what some there call "neverendum." The Scottish independence movement learned a few key lessons from Canada's experience. And now Quebec separatists might learn from Scotland if the "Yes" campaign wins on Thursday.
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Kiev reaches out to eastern Ukraine, but rebels there are skeptical of the offer

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The parliament in Kiev has approved an autonomy deal for Ukraine's pro-Russian east, accompanied by a limited amnesty for rebels there. But in Donetsk, shelling continues despite a ceasefire. And rebels say Kiev is just too late in making concessions.
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Thousands of young Christian Iraqis have joined the fight against ISIS — but few have faith it will help

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In recent months, Iraqi Christians have been displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Christian leaders in northern Iraq are calling upon young Christian men fight alongside the Peshmerga and Iraqi army against ISIS. While thousands are heeding the call, most remain skeptical.
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This American doctor says racism is to blame for the slow response to the Ebola outbreak

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dr. Joia Mukherjee is part of a small team of Boston-area doctors heading to Liberia this week, hoping to lay the groundwork for an ambitious, multi-year project aimed at combating the Ebola outbreak. She says the reason the world has responded so slowly to the crisis is that Africans and poor people are not considered important.
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No one really knows why a young American was sentenced to hard labor in North Korea

Monday, September 15, 2014

A North Korean court has sentenced Matthew Todd Miller, a US citizen in his mid-20s, to six years in a North Korean labor camp for conspiring to commit “hostile acts” against the state. But many details about Miller's situation, including his reasons for visiting North Korea, remain a mystery.
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Scientists prepare for a historic landing on a 'seething and sputtering and spitting' comet

Monday, September 15, 2014

If you think parallel parking is hard, then consider the European Space Agency's latest mission. ESA's Rosetta mission will attempt to land a small robot on a rocky comet barreling through space at more than 34,000 miles an hour.
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Muslim leaders in Scotland say ISIS has 'no right to call itself Islamic'

Monday, September 15, 2014

Over the weekend, the militant group ISIS posted a video showing another beheading. This time, it was of a Scottish aid worker. Muslim leaders in Scotland have banded together to reject the group's claim to Islam. Terrorism, they say, twists their religion's teachings.
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A mixed-race German confronts white supremacists face-to-face, including the Klan

Monday, September 15, 2014

As one of the first black women to ever appear on German television, Mo Asumang has faced her share of hate — mainly from the neo-Nazis of Germany. And she decided to confront the haters, including American KKK members, in a documentary exploring how the Nazi's appropriated the Aryan identity from Iran.
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A shy 19-year-old woman disappeared in Minnesota — and resurfaced in Syria

Monday, September 15, 2014

At least one young man from Minnesota has died fighting with ISIS militants in Syria. But who would expect a shy, 19-year-old woman with no job and no passport to attempt the journey there? But that's exactly what happened to one Minneapolis family.
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Meet the young women of ISIS — on the social web

Friday, September 12, 2014

Buzzfeed reporter Ellie Hall got a disturbing look at the online world of young women — often from the West — who claim to be members of the Islamic militant group known as ISIS. They go to the Middle East to be married, raise young Jihadists and spread propaganda on social networks.
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Catalans march for an independence vote of their own

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Catalan nationalists and their supporters rallied in the streets of Barcelona Thursday to celebrate the vote for independence from Spain they have organized in November. But unlike in Britain, which supports the Scottish referendum, the vote in Catalonia is opposed by Spain. In fact, Madrid says it won't take place.
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Colombia's undercover, anti-groping squad is patrolling public buses in Bogota

Friday, September 12, 2014

Women around the world often feel vulnerable to groping and sexual harassment when they ride on crowded public transit. And it can be hard to catch offenders. So the police in Colombia's capital, Bogota, have created a new squad of mostly female officers to catch those who harass — and to support female riders.
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Filmmaker Jon Ronson remembers the firebrand Northern Irish politician Ian Paisley

Friday, September 12, 2014

Controversial, belligerent and bigoted — those were some of the words used to describe the Reverend Ian Paisley, the Northern Irish political giant, after his death on Friday. Writer and filmmaker Jon Ronson spent a week making a documentary about Paisley and came away from it with respect for the man many hated.
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The US is having problems building a coalition to fight ISIS

Friday, September 12, 2014

The US is having some issues mobilizing a coalition in its new war on the militants of ISIS. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been traveling in the Middle East and says he has support from 10 Arab nations, but what that support actually means is uncertain.
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Caracas is finally ending the 'world's tallest squat'

Friday, September 12, 2014

The "Tower of David" in downtown Caracas is called "the world's tallest squat" because thousands of people have been living in the unfinished skyscraper. Now, the government is moving people to new housing outside the city — and many squatters have mixed feelings.
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Here's how to keep that old cell phone you're about to toss from becoming toxic e-waste in a developing country

Friday, September 12, 2014

You've seen the new iPhone 6. You want one. You buy one. So what do you do with your old iPhone to make sure it doesn't end up in some e-waste toxic pile in West Africa? We've got a few recommendations from an e-waste expert.
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The small town of Oban debates whether to take a risk on Scottish independence

Friday, September 12, 2014

Scotland's independence referendum takes place next week and the polls show a surprisingly narrow race. In the fishing town of Oban, business owners are divided over whether to gamble the present for a chance that an independent Scotland will be stronger and better.
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