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U.S., Other Countries Watch China's Movement In South China Sea

China is flexing its muscles in the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a group of diplomats in Singapore over the weekend that the U.S. was "deeply concerned" about China's activity.
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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Appears To Be Heating Up Again

While Ukrainians fear another offensive, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a measure saying that Russian military casualties during peacetime will now be considered a state secret.
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How A Drunken Chipmunk Voice Helps Send A Public Service Message

First you get a crazy message from a friend. Then you get a not-so-crazy message that could help you find a job or fight a disease.
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Editing The Climate Talkers: Punctuation's Effect On Earth's Fate

The littlest things — punctuation, precise word choice and grammar — can hold tremendous power in worldwide climate negotiations. This year in Europe, editors get a chance to help make history.
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No Love Lost In Paris As 'Love Locks' To Be Cut From Bridge

For years, lovers have placed padlocks on the bridge and tossed the key into the Seine river as a symbol of their undying commitment to one another. But Parisian officials have a less romantic view.
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At World's Fair In Italy, The Future Of Food Is On The Table

Vertical farms, food trucks, tropical forests and the supermarket of the future are on display at Expo 2015 in Milan. Exhibits from 145 countries focus on how to feed the planet sustainably.
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Tensions Continue Over Disputed Islands In South China Sea

The U.S. is reasserting its right to operate military aircraft and vessels in the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently called on China to halt construction on reef islands in the area.
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Why Isn't 14-Year-Old Fadzai In School? Zimbabwe's Education Dilemma

When Zimbabwe won independence in 1980, the country boasted high literacy rates. Then the economy crashed, and many families could no longer afford school fees.
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Who's Addicted To What? The First Worldwide Guide

Researchers have put together a comprehensive look at alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use — and broken down the data by region.
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In Norway, A Prison Built On Second Chances

The inmates have private cells and dine with the guards. Norway spends three times as much as the U.S. per prisoner. Norwegians say it pays off, with less than half the U.S. recidivism rate.

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