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In Minnesota, ISIS may be building on the recruiting networks once used by other terror groups

Friday, March 27, 2015

This Somali American was devastated when his teenage nephew traveled from Minneapolis to Mogadishu to join the extremists of al-Shabab. Now ISIS seems to be using the same recruiting networks to lure American teens to Syria and Iraq.
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This musician has a half-billion video views. So who the hell is he?

Friday, March 27, 2015

He's sold millions of albums in Europe and is an internet star. Kanye West and Lorde have collaborated with him, and President Obama has one of his CDs. He's Belgian hip hop artist Stromae, whose Rwandan father was killed in that nation's genocide and is now trying to make it in the US.
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Nigeria's choices for president: a former military ruler or a corrupt incumbent

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amidst threats from Boko Haram, thousands of Nigerians will cast their votes for president on Saturday in what is widely seen as the country's closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999. But that doesn't mean voters have great choices.
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After a year of torture in Syrian jail, an activist's escape to the US is on hold

Friday, March 27, 2015

After a year in a Syrian jail being tortured by the regime's police, activist Karam Al Hamad finally escaped to Turkey. He says he'll only feel safe once he gets to escape the region and come to the US for a fellowship, but the road is proving even harder than he expected.
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After the Germanwings crash, airline pilots are seen as possible threats

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 is said to have deliberately crashed his plane, killing 150 people. Problem is, there are no cockpit security procedures to prevent a pilot who wants to crash an airplane from doing so.
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Hope is all but gone in Syria, but some in the country still work for change

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Most people who live in Damascus fear voicing an opinion that doesn't echo that of either the government or the armed opposition. But some residents reject the bitter polarization that divides their country.
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Once thwarted by the Boston bombings, this marathoner prepares for the Paris Marathon post-Charlie Hebdo

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mackenzie Loy was stopped before the finish line after the Boston Marathon bombings, so she ran and finished last year. Now she's running the first Paris Marathon to take place after the Charlie Hebdo attacks — but that hasn't shaken her resolve.
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Along Ukraine's ceasefire line, war is 'crowdfunded'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Freelance fighters are raising money for spy drones. Spin doctors are manufacturing false stories. Welcome to Ukraine's cease-fire, a term that makes people on both sides of the line laugh.
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From the Revolution to Bowe Bergdahl, desertion has a long history in the US

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The US military has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion for allegedly leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. It's one of the only high-profile cases of the crime in recent decades, but it's far from rare in the US military.
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Yemen's 'turf battle' just got a lot bigger — and a lot more dangerous

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Houthi takeover of much of Yemen has turned into a regional power struggle, as a Saudi-led military coalition has started attacking Houthi targets in Yemen. The intervention could now have far wider implications outside of Yemen, including at the nuclear negotiating table.
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If North Korea is a land of lies, where does the truth begin?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blaine Harden wrote a best-selling book about North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk. Years later, Shin revealed that parts of his story were not true. So, how did Harden know that another defector whose story he told in a second book was telling the truth?
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How returning home to Mexico gets complicated after years in the US

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In this small city in Mexico's Yucatán, the choice between staying near family or earning more in the United States leaves some people restless.
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A crash in Europe lays bare some of aviation's myths

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Don't blame the autopilot for the latest aviation disaster, one pilot says: Humans still have more to do with flying high-tech jets than you think. That and other myths explain a lot about how ordinary people view the airline industry and the accidents it suffers.
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Seven questions you should ask to try to make sure your fish wasn't caught by slaves

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Americans eat far less seafood than they do meat, but there's still a long way to go before they chow down on salmon and shrimp in a truly ethical and sustainable manner. Author Paul Greenberg offers facts and tips for making your daily catch a little greener.
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'They didn't just see a wrestler die, they watched a superhero die'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Perro Aguayo, Jr. was a hero in Mexico, a beloved, larger-than-life figure in the country's wildly popular wrestling. So after Aguayo's death in the ring during a match broadcast across the country, many Mexicans are taking the news hard.
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DJ Edu searches for Africa's best nightclub

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's the best nightclub in Africa? Not even DJ Edu, who scoured night spots across the continent, can say for sure. But even if he can't pick a winner, he says he saw signs of Africa's economic progress in many places he visited.
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Five centuries after his death, Richard III finally gets a royal send-off

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The remains of England’s King Richard III have been lying in state this week, awaiting a formal burial. The much-maligned subject of Shakespeare’s play has gotten a rehabilitation since his remains were discovered under a parking lot in 2012, and Britons came out to see him in droves.
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Mali's Songhoy Blues are making music in exile

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

They left northern Mali because music was banned by Islamic extremists. Now Songhoy Blues is bringing their flavor of desert blues to the world.
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The seafood you eat may have been caught by slaves

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thousands of men from Myanmar and other southeast Asian countries are being used as slaves to catch fish that may end up on American dinner tables. The Associated Press uncovered the story and followed the distribution trail to the United States.
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Why 21st-century anti-vaxxers have nothing on their 18th-century counterparts

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

George Washington certainly worried about the British army, but he may have been even more worried about smallpox, which had the potential to ravage his already-fragile army. That's how Washington became colonial America's champion of inoculation, the precursor to vaccines — but not without lots of protest.
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