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One Year Later: South Sudan's Ongoing Conflict

A year after South Sudan declared its independence, intractable problems remain: tribal conflict, oil disputes, corruption, hunger and continued fighting. New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson traveled to the remote Nuba Mountains, in Sudan, where the conflict between north and south rages on.
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Debt, Debt And More Debt: Is Democracy To Blame?

The federal debt is at record levels and growing. States are "grappling with unprecedented fiscal crises," a new report says. And Europe's debt mess threatens the world economy. Some scholars think, like Plato, that democracy is the problem.
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Old Mines Bring New Casualties In Afghanistan

Hundreds of Afghans, mostly children, are killed or injured each year from old mines and unexploded ammunition in unmarked areas. Many Afghans aren't aware of the danger until they're victims.
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Why South Dakota Won't Bail Out Maine

Unlike Europe, U.S. states aren't likely to find themselves bailing one another out. Two economists find the reasons in two centuries of history.
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Pentagon Is Prepping Defenses Against Iran, 'Wall Street Journal' Reports

Officials tell the newspaper that the U.S. is building a missile-defense radar station in Qatar and will hold its "biggest-ever minesweeping exercises in the Persian Gulf." Also, a second aircraft carrier is being sent to the region.
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Mass Casualties After Shootings In Toronto And Tuscaloosa

Separate mass shootings at opposite ends of North America have left dozens wounded and at least two people dead.
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Athletes, Visitors Flood London's Heathrow Airport

Athletes and fans from around the world have begun to arrive in London for the Summer Olympic Games. On Monday, Heathrow saw a record number of arrivals. Meanwhile, a giant security firm failed to recruit the number of Olympic guards it promised. The London Olympics start July 27 and end Aug. 12.

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