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Some Italians are demanding their English-speaking leaders 'say it in Italian'

Monday, March 02, 2015

Italy's youngest-ever prime minister, Matteo Renzi, likes to use English phrases to describe his political and economic reforms. His use of Italian peppered with English is enough to spark a campaign urging Italian politicians to "say it in Italian."

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Perhaps the world's most humble leader — humbly steps down

Monday, March 02, 2015

Uruguay President Jose "Pepe" Mujica stepped down this month from his presidency. The leader is famous for his humble lifestyle and his progressive agenda.

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With just a compass and a pair of snowshoes, Simon Beck creates art

Monday, March 02, 2015

Some people use snowshoes to exercise, or even just to get from point A to point B in the snow. But Simon Beck has turned them into his own kind of a paintbrush, using big, snowy fields as his canvas.

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After more than a decade, Iraq's national treasures go back on display

Monday, March 02, 2015

Last week, a group of ISIS fighters destroyed ancient statues and artifacts in the museum of Mosul. Iraqi government responded on Sunday by re-opening the Baghdad Museum, giving people in Baghdad their first glimpse of national treasures in more than a decade.

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'The reason many of you still haven’t decided to vote for me is my voice'

Monday, March 02, 2015

“Netanyahu has a very unique and prominent voice in terms of volume, tone, and clarity," says one political analyst. "As far as opinion polls that I saw, Herzog’s voice expresses the opposite.”

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Fear of atrocities rises as Iraq launches an operation to take Tikrit from ISIS

Monday, March 02, 2015

A battle has begun in Iraq for control of the city of Tikrit: Saddam Hussein’s hometown. ISIS has held it since June last year, and now government forces are trying to take it back. But there are concerns that Shiite militias might seek vengeance for ISIS atrocities.

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Let the conspiracy theories begin: Who killed Boris Nemtsov?

Monday, March 02, 2015

A Ukrainian model who saw Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov shot and killed on the night of February 27 is under 24-hour police protection in Russia.

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Koreatown's 'ghostbusters' usher in good luck for the Year of the Goat

Monday, March 02, 2015

If you go to LA's Koreatown neighborhood at the Lunar New Year, it's hard to miss the loud and colorful drumming crew parading the streets wishing good luck to local businesses. It's now a beloved tradition, but it wasn't always that way.

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Experts watch in horror as Islamic State fighters destroy ancient artifacts

Friday, February 27, 2015

A video emerged this week that shows Islamic State fighters destroying artifacts in Mosul, Iraq, dating back thousands of years.

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Remembering Ariel Camacho, the 22-year-old star of Mexico's narcocorridos

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ariel Camacho, lead singer of the group Los Plebes del Rancho, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday. Just 22 years old, Camacho was already a big name in the world of narcocorridos, Mexico's musical odes to drug trafficking culture.

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It's likely a question of when, not if, Ukraine's ceasefire will collapse again

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ukraine's latest easefire is finally holding, but the US warns that pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine are likely to resume the war in the spring. And in the meantime, Ukraine is suffering from the same economic woes as Russia as oil prices plummet.

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Leonard Nimoy, 'Star Trek''s Spock, dies at 83

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, most famous for playing Spock in the original "Star Trek" TV show and many of the franchise's movies, died on Friday at the age of 83

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Canada plans to limit the hours of a border crossing that divides US village, Canadian town

Friday, February 27, 2015

It's a tale of two towns — one in Alaska and the other in British Columbia. The Canadian border agency plans to close the border crossing overnight leaving residents in this community stranded.

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An atheist blogger in Bangladesh is hacked to death by religious fanatics

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bengali American blogger Avijit Roy, an atheist, "carried a huge target on his back" in increasingly conservative Bangladesh for his writings. His death by machete on Thursday is just the latest sign that religious dissent is under threat in Roy's native country.

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New York City produces its first homegrown ISIS recruits

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A paid informant helped officials arrest three New Yorkers who allegedly planned to aid the so-called Islamic State. But the shock is less about the violence they hoped to commit and more about how young New Yorkers were tempted to join a jihadi group.

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Two Pakistani sisters out-Bieber the Bieb

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two teenage sisters have become web — and now TV — sensations by singing songs from their hero: Justin Bieber.

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The identity of ‘Jihadi John’ – the man in the ISIS beheading videos

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The man seen in multiple ISIS beheading videos has been identified by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, a middle-class kid from London.

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Mexico's 'hints of homophobia' make living there a challenge for a gay American

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"You have to think about where you invest your time and your energy and your love, because you don’t want to waste it," says Omar Solis, a gay American student in Mexico trying to figure out how to live openly. "But that’s what it takes."

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Germany seeks to undermine Islamic extremists with religious education

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hundreds of people have left Germany to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, like ISIS. While police have ramped up efforts to stem the flow, another way Germany is addressing the problem is by expanding Islamic education.

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Here's what you can do with a whimsical idea and a whole lot of leg power

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sure, there might soon be cars that drive themselves. But some people aspire to transportation with a little more human power behind it, even if they have to assemble and drive it all by themselves.

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