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If China militarizes the South China Sea, the US 'will have' to respond

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

China’s military has published an ambitious policy paper that, along with Chinese actions in disputed waters of the Pacific, has some experts worried about a future clash with America.

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Despite the extreme heat wave hitting India 'you have to keep going'

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An extreme heat wave is hovering over parts of India. More than 800 people have died from heat related stress in rural areas of India, while city life mostly goes on.

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Russians say 'nyet' to imported wine

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

If you're in Russia, forget ordering a French Bordeaux or a California Merlot with your dinner. Try the Usadba Divnomorskoye instead, Russia's most popular wine these days. A collapsing ruble and US and EU embargoes on products to Russia have made foreign wines too expensive.

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In oil-rich Nigeria, just getting a tank of gas is an all-day endeavor

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fuel distributors in Nigeria have turned off the tap, leaving residents of Africa's main oil producer without gas and electricity. Critics say they are holding Nigeria hostage.

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Generations of Dutch citizens still trek to the graves of US World War II soldiers

Monday, May 25, 2015

Thousand of families in the Netherlands have adopted the graves of US soldiers killed there during World War II. And more than 100 Dutch citizens are on a waiting list to join the program.

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'It's a race against time' to help Nepal's earthquake survivors, warns one aid worker

Monday, May 25, 2015

The UN, along with many humanitarian assistance agencies, have been helping Nepal in the aftermath of major earthquakes. But aid workers warn that people there need more help before the monsoon season arrives.

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Learning that each of us gets stereotyped helps us move beyond the 'single story'

Monday, May 25, 2015

Many students from immigrant families go to diverse schools. But diversity itself doesn't guarantee understanding. Self-segregation and stereotypes persist, even in communities that pride themselves on their multiculturalism. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, middle-school teachers build empathy among classmates by teaching "the danger of a single story."

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Vietnamese immigrant raises fresh shrimp in Boston — one indoor vat at a time

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Vietnamese immigrant in Massachusetts is inspired by the family business and builds an indoor shrimp farm.

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LGBT activists are excited for Ireland's refendum, but still wary of popular votes

Friday, May 22, 2015

No other country in the world has had a popular vote to allow same-sex couples to marry — and that's just fine with some LGBT activists. They say minority rights aren't a question for popular votes, and they're afraid of rejection, even in Ireland.

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This American's passport ended up in the hands of smugglers in Turkey

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sam Neher was on vacation in Turkey when his passport was stolen. Months later, he found out it was being used by smugglers in Turkey as a potential way to get Syrian refugees to countries where they could seek asylum.

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Why the US doesn't want to call ISIS' offshoots parts of ISIS at all

Friday, May 22, 2015

As ISIS grows its reach into new countries, the US and its allies are debating whether those affiliates should be attacked. And that decision has a lot to do with who's considered a part of ISIS at all.

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Why economists think the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be good for Americans

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major free trade deal, has turned into a hot and divisive political battle. But no matter what the critics say, most economics believe the treaty will be good for most Americans, even poor ones.

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As ISIS seeks revenge in Ramadi, a US veteran fears for his Sunni allies there

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The news that ISIS has taken Ramadi hits home for veterans like Tom Daly. As a Marine, he helped US forces take the capital of Iraq's Anbar province by building an alliance with Sunni nationalists who are now targets for ISIS fighters.

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'The Islamic State needs doctors and engineers, too'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Men and women from all over the world have joined ISIS, many are zealots with little or no expertise. Now the group is trying to reach out to those with specific set of skills, and it's adjusting its methods to appeal to to the smart and well-educated.

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'The situation is desperate' for monarch butterflies, but here's the plan to save them

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A new plan announced by the US government would restore seven million acres of lost habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinating insects like honeybees, and scientists says the plan comes not a moment too soon for the troubled insects.

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Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote puts the Catholic Church on the defensive

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ireland appears to set to take yet another step away from deep Roman Catholic roots when it votes on a constitutional referendum this week on same-sex marriage.

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Big-money World Cup sponsors may be the last hope for Qatar's migrant workers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Amnesty International says Qatar is failing to act fast enough to improve conditions for migrant workers building its World Cup soccer stadiums. But critics says it's only when sponsors like Coca-Cola and VISA speak up that soccer's governing body, FIFA, pays attention.

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Self-published photo books go from last resorts to treasures at MOMA

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Self-published is usually seen as a last resort for the rejected author, but don't tell that to photographers. Self-publishing has become a huge hit for photographers looking to get their work out, and the limited editions are valuable commodities for collectors and even museums.

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Holocaust museum researcher finds early warning signs of genocide in Myanmar

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The plight of Rohingya migrants stranded at sea puts a spotlight on conditions in the country they fled. Staffers from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum were on a fact-finding tour to Myanmar this spring and found what they call a genocide in the making. Andrea Gittleman, program manager for the Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, says recent violence and persecution of Rohingya could be early warning signs of greater atrocities to come.

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Lalo Alcaraz warns the sensitive to avoid his new show, 'Bordertown'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Renowned Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is hitting the screen as a writer for a new Seth MacFarlane show set in a town on the US-Mexico border. And while issues of immigration and identity are old stuff for him, he's happy they're getting an airing — especially a sharp-edged one — on TV.

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