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A former Taliban prisoner remembers Mullah Omar

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Afghan government says the leader of the Taliban is dead. One-eyed Mullah Mohammed Omar led the Taliban for more than 20 years through victory and defeat. Renowned Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar shares his reflections on Mullah Omar and life under the Taliban.

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Pétanque might become the next Olympic sport

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Could it be? Pétanque fans are once again pushing to include the most unlikely of sports in the 2024 Summer Olympics. Does it really meet the criteria?

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A lion slaying in Zimbabwe sparks debate about the future of big game hunting

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Big game and the death of a lion in Zimbabwe is sparking a very big controversy.

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Boston bows out of Olympic bid, but Toronto may be in

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boston is officially out of the running for the 2024 Summer Olympics. That could open up the option for a bid from another North American city.

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Jonathan Pollard, American traitor and Israeli hero, will go free

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard will get out of US prison later this year. But his story represents a low point in US-Israeli relations.

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How dim sum cooks in California fought wage theft — and won

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Labor advocates say wage theft is a huge problem and it often goes unreported. That’s why what happened at an upscale California restaurant is exceptional.

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Here's what climate change looks like from the edge of the Greenland icecap

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Greenland is melting fast, and that's bad news for sea level rise and other impacts of climate change. But The World's Ari Daniel, on assignment with scientists studying a rapidly melting Greenland glacier, says all that bad news doesn't make the world's biggest island any less of a wondrous place.

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Working at the Gitmo US military base might cause cancer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The US Navy is investigating a complaint that suggests the war court compound at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may be linked to seven cases of cancer, including three deaths in the last 13 months.

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Japan's still stodgy — but it may finally be getting better

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Japanese companies went from innovative business leaders — think Walkman and the compact disc — to has-been. But there is reason to believe the country's businesses are clawing their way back.

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Indian sprinter Dutee Chand wins the right to compete again

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was suspended for having high testosterone, but on appeal, she won the right to compete again, despite having naturally high testosterone levels.

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Muammar Gaddafi's son is sentenced to death in Libya

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A court in Libya has sentenced the son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi to death. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was convicted of war crimes committed during the 2011 revolution that overthrew his father. But human rights groups say the trial was unfair.

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The African Union is at a crucial moment in its development as a political force

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

President Barack Obama wrapped up his visit to Africa by speaking at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His speech comes at a key moment for both Africa and Obama.

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There's new life in Japan's tech startup scene

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Japanese economy saw its heyday back in the 1980s. Since then, businesses have been slow to innovate. And the population is aging and declining. The tech startup scene was bleak, until recently. Here's one community that's been generating some noise, just a bit under the radar.

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For these basketball players, what happens in Vegas (hopefully) makes it to Seoul

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last week, aspiring basketball players traveled to Las Vegas, hoping to be drafted onto a professional team. But this wasn’t for the NBA; these athletes were hoping to play in South Korea. The Korean Basketball League is growing, and attracting American players.

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We will fight on the beaches: Britain's war with rogue killer seagulls

Monday, July 27, 2015

Britain's prime minister has called for a "Big Conversation" on the threat from intimidating and aggressive sea gulls.

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Elaborate rituals and lions roaming the palace grounds are just part of what sets autocratic Ethiopia apart from its neighbors

Monday, July 27, 2015

Some onlookers think President Barack Obama's "charisma" might help nudge Ethiopia onto a more democratic path

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A Boston community is divided over the Dominican Republic's citizenship policy

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Massachusetts politician has been outspoken about his opposition to the Dominican Republic's citizenship laws — and it's sparked a battle within his constituency.

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US-Turkish deal on Syria outrages America’s Kurdish allies

Monday, July 27, 2015

The US may have been able to finally get Turkey to join the war against ISIS. But the price was steep. Turkey has also gotten the green light to attack its other enemy in the region: the Kurds. The Kurds are old US allies, and the deal has caused outrage.

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Improved tunnels allow for easier drug trafficking

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Sinaloa drug cartel doesn't build just any tunnels. They build "super tunnels." New Yorker writer Monte Reel reveals the underground world of super tunnels used for drug trafficking and other illicit activities by the cartel.

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Each year in New York, Gottscheers celebrate the culture of a city that no longer exists

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gottscheers are a small immigrant group in the US. The thing is, their homeland doesn't exist anymore. They come from a German speaking city in what is now Slovenia. And the whole community was uprooted after World War II. Here's what's left of Gottschee in New York.

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