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Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses

The disappearance of MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 in recent months have compounded the hit to the carrier's already shaky bottom line.
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A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla

The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.
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Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat

The warning was raised to "severe," the second-highest level, as British Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic extremism poses a "greater and deeper" threat to the U.K. than ever before.
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Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services

News from Mosul has been scarce since the Islamic State took power. Speaking by phone, Iraqis say the group has imposed strict controls that are alienating residents and are providing few services.
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Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge

Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.
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U.N.: Syrian Refugee Crisis Is 'Biggest Humanitarian Emergency Of Our Era'

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war is on the verge of surpassing 3 million, the United Nations said. Almost half of all Syrians have been forced out of their homes.
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Russia Moves More Troops Across Ukraine Border, NATO Says

David Greene talks to Alexander Vershbow, deputy secretary general of NATO, about Russian military advances into Ukraine. The NATO-Ukraine Commission held an emergency meeting in Brussels on Friday.
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Russia Denies It's Directly Aiding Pro-Russian Separatists

Russia's government says any Russians who may be in Ukraine are volunteers. For a Russian perspective, David Greene talks to Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the journal, Russia In Global Affairs.
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Political Crisis Exposes France's Economic Problems

French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
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Drought Conditions Wreak Havoc On Latin America

Parts of Latin America are severely parched. The drought is fueling clashes, forcing rationing, decimating crops and affecting travel through the Panama Canal.

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