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Global Markets Slide As Fed Chair Janet Yellen Briefs Congress

Stock markets around the world were down again Thursday. In the U.S., the Dow and the S&P were down about 2 percent at mid-day. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is on Capitol Hill briefing lawmakers, and the price of oil slipped below $27 a barrel.
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NATO Ships To Crack Down On Migrant Smuggling Networks

NATO is sending warships to patrol the waters between Turkey and the Greek islands, hoping to stop the activities of smugglers moving migrants into Europe. But those smugglers almost never leave the Turkish coast, and many people in Greece see the move as a public relations exercise aimed at assuaging German public opinion.
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Mexican City Gets Makeover Just In Time For Pope Visit

The city of Ecatepec, Mexico, got a makeover just in time for the Pope Francis' visit, which will undoubtedly show the schism between Francis' progressive church and Mexico's conservative hierarchy.
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Secretary Of State John Kerry Meets Russian Counterpart In Munich

As the U.S. blames Russia for undermining attempts to end the Syrian civil war, Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Russian counterpart in Munich on Thursday. It's looking like a key moment in the effort to deal with the war.
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The Risks (And Unexpected Benefits) Of Sending Health Students Abroad

Universities are setting standards for volunteer global health programs in developing countries — so both the student and the local people can have a good experience.
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How Do People Live and Cope In The Midst Of Violent Conflict?

Humanitarian Zainab Salbi explains how life continues in the midst of war — and how the ones who "keep life going" are women.
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U.N. Says 300,000 People In Key Syrian City Are At Risk Of Siege

The push by Syrian government forces and their allies in the northern city of Aleppo has also displaced some 51,000 civilians since the beginning of last week, according to the U.N.
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How To Operate On A Patient Who Might Explode

In rare but tricky cases, disposing of an explosive device requires removing it safely from a living person. Military doctors have ways to minimize the risks, but there's no way to eliminate them.
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Chart: Access To Contraception And Abortion In Zika-Affected Countries

The possibility that the Zika virus is linked to the birth defect microcephaly has sparked a public debate about women's reproductive rights in Latin America.
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What Local Health Experts Are Saying About The Zika Virus

Concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus have escalated - both among those who may be traveling to affected areas, but also now locally, where three cases were recently identified.

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