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Greeks seeking financial refuge in America watch from afar as their country suffers

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The effects of the Greek financial crisis ripple cross the Atlantic to Astoria, Queens, the largest Greek American community in the US. Long-term residents and recent immigrants alike worry about relatives back home — as well as the financial fate of their homeland.
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This calico cat stationmaster was loved all over Japan

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

More than 3,000 mourners gathered this week at the funeral of Stationmaster Tama. She's a cat, and now a Shinto deity, that for more than a decade has been the symbol of one railroad company in Japan.
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How do you behave in a war zone? There's an app for that

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A new smartphone app from Swiss organization Geneva Call helps militias navigate the prickly issue of human rights in a war zone.
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To help Puerto Rico, we might want to think of it more like Detroit

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Puerto Rico has a terrible economy. That's why some economists think that allowing it to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy might be a good idea.
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Japan isn't especially religious, but there's still plenty of religion

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

In Japan, it's not uncommon for people to celebrate Buddhist, Shinto and Christian holidays over the course of just a few months. These people are causing scholars to rethink what it means to be religious.
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For these prisoners in Australia, taking away their cigarettes might have been the last straw

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Heavily armed police are at a prison on the outskirts of Melbourne following a major riot reportedly linked to a smoking ban in prisons. A ban is due to come into effect on Wednesday.
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With a debt crisis looming, this comedian compares Greece to a 'petulant teenager'

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Comedian Katerina Vrana says it's a great time to visit Greece — just bring some money with you
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Hope and apprehension in Tehran as nuclear negotiations continue

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The US and its negotiating partners in Vienna say they are extending the deadline set for an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. The official deadline was today but it has been extended to July 7. Iranians, understandably, are following the news very closely.
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How do you explain the leap second to a 6-year-old?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What would you do with an extra second? Well, today you get to decide, because today is one second longer than usual. What’s that you say, the idea makes your head spin? Well, it’s because of the irregular way the earth spins.
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These isolated towns in dangerous El Salvador are murder-free zones

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Homicides are skyrocketing in El Salvador, but in one part of the country, there's a cluster of towns that, year after year, report almost no murders.
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Tunisian gunman described as a normal college student

Monday, June 29, 2015

Family and friends believe the man who opened fire at a Tunisian beach resort last Friday was leading a double life. Seif Rezgui, 24, attended Tunisia's Kairouan University, worked at a local café and came from a stable family. But he is said to have joined ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the attack.
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The US has been preparing for a scenario where talks with Iran fail

Monday, June 29, 2015

The official deadline for a successful resolution of talks between Iran and Western powers is looming. They have until Tuesday to reach a final deal on Iran's nuclear program. But what if there is no deal? What if Iran goes rogue? The US has been preparing for that.
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The story of one young woman's almost-recruitment from Washington to the ISIS Caliphate

Monday, June 29, 2015

ISIS is known for its online recruiting tactics, even convincing some young people from the West to leave home join the organization. One such young person was "Alex," a 23-year-old from Washington who was recently profiled by Rukmini Callimachi in The New York Times.
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A solar-powered airplane is breaking records over the Pacific Ocean

Monday, June 29, 2015

After flying for 16 hours, Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, is at the point of no return in its effort to cross the Pacific Ocean. The pilot, Andre Borschberg, will break records if his five-day flight to Hawaii is successful.
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Iran's version of the Muppets makes a comeback

Monday, June 29, 2015

Kolah Germezi, or "Red Hat," is an Iranian Muppet Show-like program, with a collection of skits and musical numbers. Its producer says the program on Iranian state TV officially has 35 million viewers, but he believes it's seen by many more.
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Mathematicians mourn the loss of the 'Rolls-Royce of chalk'

Monday, June 29, 2015

Einstein, Turing, that Matt Damon character in "Good Will Hunting." All did better work with great chalk. And to the dismay of math profs everywhere, their think, waxy "dream chalk" is going out of business. Blame whiteboards.
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As US scrambles to address visa backlog, international musicians are out of luck

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thanks to a State Department glitch, hundreds of thousands of visa applications were held up for weeks
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On the Danube, the world's newest micro-nation. But Liberland has a problem.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What if you found an unclaimed patch of land and declared a new nation based on love, freedom and voluntary taxation? That's what Vit Jedlicka has done on the border of Serbia and Croatia.
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A son to his mom: 'You’re OK. The court said it was OK.'

Monday, June 29, 2015

For the writer's mother, a housekeeper who worked on a green card she got in 1986, a woman who had never been able to take a vacation or make an emergency room visit, the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act came like a dispatch from God.
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There's an uncertain future for thousands of Haitian immigrants to the Dominican Republic

Friday, June 26, 2015

As a controversial deadline passes, Haitian immigrants and their descendants in the Dominican Republic have become vulnerable to deportation.
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