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What Makes Kenya's Marathon Runners The World's Best?

Kenyan distance runners won both the men's and women's divisions of Sunday's New York City Marathon. A Harvard evolutionary biologist suggests some possible reasons why.
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Iraq's Yazidis Appeal For Help In Finding Their Missing Women

U.S. airstrikes helped save thousands from the Yazidi community in northern Iraq in August. But the group says the Islamic State has seized many Yazidi women and is selling them as sex slaves.
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Mexican Mayor, Wife Arrested In Connection With Missing Students

Authorities in Mexico have arrested the former Mayor of Iguala and his wife. The two are charged in the case of the forced disappearance of 43 students in September.
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Grannies Taking Care Of Grannies Is Good For Everyone

Who better to check on the health of older folks than other older folks? That's what AgeWell Global, an innovative program in South Africa, is doing.
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For Russian Kids, A Disablity Often Means Life In An Orphanage

Nearly 30 percent of Russian children with disabilities end up in state orphanages, where they can suffer neglect and abuse at understaffed facilities, according to a human rights group.
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The App That Helps The Chinese Masses Mobilize Online

China's popular messaging app, WeChat, has some 300 million users and has become a way for Chinese to rally around a cause, something that's difficult in a country with strict government controls.
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Iranian Rally Marking Anniversary Of U.S. Hostage Crisis Has A Twist

It's been 35 years since the storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran triggered a 444-day hostage crisis. Today saw more cries of "Down with America," plus some interesting demands from the crowd.
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Indian Supreme Court Says Ban On Female Makeup Artists Is Discrimination

The union that represents makeup artists in the world's largest film industry bars women from doing the job. The court called it a "constitutionally impermissible discrimination."
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China Says It's Developed A Laser To Bring Down Drones

The laser, China said, can destroy small-scale drones flying at a low altitude. The U.S. tested a similar system, last year. It put it aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf.
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3 Years After Wreck, Remains Of Final Costa Concordia Victim Are Found

Workers at a salvage yard found remains believed to be of Russel Rebello, the last victim still missing after the cruise ship capsized in January of 2012.

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