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At Estonia's Bank Of Happiness, Kindness Is The Currency

In high-tech Estonia, home of Skype, one group is using the Internet for a different kind of venture: the Bank of Happiness, an online market for good deeds. The concept is that people do nice things for each other, just because — no payments or products are involved. The bank has more than 500 ads.
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Talk Of Boycotting Russian Olympics Stirs Emotions

There have been suggestions that if Russia grants asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden, the U.S. should respond by not sending athletes to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. But others say that just sends the wrong message and punishes only the athletes.
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Cause Of Indian School Lunch Poisoning Still Unknown

At least 21 children are dead, and nearly two dozen others are sick, after eating contaminated food in India. The children became sick after eating their daily free lunch at a school in the eastern state of Bihar. Officials say it appears the food contained pesticide, but it's not clear if it the victims were poisoned deliberately.
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What Missile Shipment Says About Cuba-North Korea Relations

Many questions are raised by the discovery of missile parts in a North Korean ship coming from Cuba and passing through the Panama Canal. Cuban authorities acknowledge sending the parts, but they do not explain why they are doing business with North Korea. The incident sheds some light on two of the most isolated regimes on the planet and what political and commercial ties may bind them.
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The "Fixers" Behind International Journalism

Kojo chats with American journalists who reported from the front lines in Iraq and from the rubble in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake -- and with the fixers who helped them do their jobs.

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China's Internet Growth In Two Charts

China has by far the most Internet users in the world, but the Internet doesn't have that kind of reach — at least not yet.
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Mandela Has Made 'Remarkable Progress,' Daughter Says

The anti-apartheid champion and former South African president may soon be sent home from the hospital where he's been since June 8, Zindzi Mandela tells Sky News. That word comes on the eve of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday.
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Your Love Of Quinoa Is Good News For Andean Farmers

Despite reports to the contrary, the global quinoa boom has not put the superfood out of reach for the people in Bolivia and Peru who grow it — though it has raised prices. And these farmers want consumers to know that overall, the world's love affair with quinoa is raising their standard of living.
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Weight Loss Is Worth Gold In Dubai

Alarmed at ballooning waistlines in a region where fast food is common and comfortable outdoor exercise is not, the local government is offering citizens a gram of gold for each kilogram they lose by Aug. 16.
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School Tragedy Puts Focus On Poor Health Of India's Children

The tragedy is a stark contrast to the stories of India's economic rise that have dominated headlines for the past decade. Compared with countries like China and South Africa, India has struggled to reduce problems like childhood malnutrition and mortality.

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