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In New Iraqi Conflict, 'Sunni Awakening' Stays Dormant

During the U.S. war in Iraq, American forces paid Sunni tribal leaders in the western and northern regions of the country to turn against al-Qaida. The episode was called the "Sunni Awakening." But now, with ISIS consolidating its gains in these same regions, the tribes involved in the Awakening are cutting deals with the militant group or staying on the sidelines entirely. Shashank Bengali of The Los Angeles Times explains.
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Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

Unlike in the rest of the world, more Americans are using the drug, according to a new United Nations report. Marijuana's potency is also on the rise, the report found.
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On Being Gay, And Socialist, In Cuba Today

Isbel Diaz Torres sees his LGBT rights activism as an extension of Cuba's socialist revolution. Attitudes are changing, but he's still struggling to find a place in the island's political landscape.
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Global Sound, Local Impact: Son Jarocho In The Nation’s Capital

Every week, an eclectic group gathers in a cramped community center in Mount Pleasant to learn and play traditional folk music from Mexico's Caribbean coast.

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In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus

Pakistan's military is waging an offensive against the Taliban, and the outcome is uncertain. But nearly a half-million civilians have already fled their homes in an area that has few resources.
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Ebola's Surge Requires 'Drastic Action' To Stop

Cases of Ebola continue to mount in West Africa in the largest outbreak of the disease ever recorded. Public health officials are concerned the viral disease could spread farther.
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Beating The Odds: From Undocumented Newcomer To High School Valedictorian

Mongolian immigrant Enkhjin Tuvshinzaya has come a long way since moving to the U.S. without any English or education; today, she's the valedictorian for her high school class.

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Does It Make Sense For D.C. To Host The 2024 Summer Olympics?

Now that D.C. is on the US Olympic Committee's short list for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, we weigh the pros and cons of the torch coming to the nation's capital.

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Bolivia's De-Colonized 'Clock Of The South' Turns Widdershins

A clock on top of the country's Congress building in La Paz now has hands that turn counterclockwise — a move by the leftist government to embrace the country's location in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Burek And Breakaways: Bosnians Cheer On World Cup Team In Virginia

Members of D.C.'s tiny Bosnian community came together last weekend to root for their home team in the World Cup.

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