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As Militants Sweep South Across Iraq, A View From The North

A shift in power is underway in Iraq, where the jihadi group ISIS has captured several cities in a recent offensive. Jane Arraf is a reporter for Al Jazeera America, and she comments on the violence.

In A Sunny Britain, Would We Read Classics Like 'David Coppertone'?

Much great literature is informed by British gloom, from the Hound of the Baskervilles stalking the moor to Macbeth plotting in his dark castle. We wondered how a brighter Blighty would change that.

The New Sounds Of Brazil: Artists To Watch

Over the next month, TV announcers will guide World Cup viewers through the soccer world. But if you're more interested in the sounds of host country Brazil, Alt.Latino has you covered.

Pentagon Says Bergdahl En Route To Texas

The U.S. Army sergeant held hostage for five years in Afghanistan has left a hospital in Germany aboard a U.S. military plane destined for San Antonio, Tex.

Pakistan May Not Have Made The World Cup Cut, But The Ball Is Another Story

The people of Pakistan may be far more celebrated for cricket than soccer, but that doesn't deter them from taking great pride that their country manufactured the official 2014 World Cup ball.

U.S. Drones Kill 13 Suspected Militants In Pakistan

The strikes are the first by the U.S. in nearly six months, and come just days after the Pakistani Taliban staged an audacious attack on Karachi airport, Pakistan's largest.

Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered

Online stores there are selling fake doctor's notes — even extensive falsified medical records. NPR's Frank Langfitt wanted to see how the process works, so he bought a doctor's note for himself.

British Court Blocks All-Secret Trial For Terrorism Suspects

The Court of Appeal ruled that while the core of the trial can be held in secret, portions of it must be open to the public. It also allowed the suspects, known until now as AB and CD, to be named.
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Desperation Drives Immigrant Children To Attempt Border Crossings Alone

Many children of Central American immigrants are attempting border crossings on their own, often leading to detention near the United State's southern borders — far from families in the D.C. area.


Militants Make Gains In Iraq Amid Report U.S. Rebuffed Calls For Help

Al-Qaida-linked fighters have taken Mosul and Tikrit, while Kurdish fighters have seized Kirkuk. Meanwhile, a news report says the U.S. rejected Iraqi calls for an airstrike against the militants.