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At Least 300 Migrants Feared Dead Off Italian Coast

The refugees and migrants had tried to cross the frigid Mediterranean in open vessels without food and water. The estimate comes from the U.N. refugee agency, which spoke to survivors.
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Tiptoeing Along A Balance Beam: Writing And Illustrating A Children's Book

Gabrielle Emanuel, a first-time author, sets out to write a culturally appropriate book for children in Mali — and learns a lot about how words and pictures go together to tell a story.
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Environmentally Friendly Straw Houses For Sale In Britain

Researchers say the material is so efficient it could offer savings up to 90 percent on energy bills.
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The 50 Most Effective Ways To Transform The Developing World

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has pinpointed the tools with the greatest impact, from affordable tablets for schoolkids to an electrical grid in a box.
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Minsk Meeting Aimed At Stopping Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

Leaders from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia are scheduled to meet in the Belarus capital of Minsk on Wednesday to try to work out a peace deal for the war in Ukraine.
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On Revolution Day, Iran's President Calls For A 'Win-Win' Nuke Deal

Iran's leaders sounded a positive note about the possibility of a deal on Iran's nuclear program. Still, a final agreement is considered uncertain at best.
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Aid Worker Held By ISIS Put Beliefs Into Action, Friends Say

Kayla Mueller, 26, has been confirmed dead by her parents and the White House. She had been held by Islamic State militants since 2013. Friends gathered in Prescott, Ariz., to remember her.
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How Banks Are Transforming Canada's Cannabis Industry

In the U.S., possessing and selling marijuana is a federal crime, so banks have ignored this emerging market. In Canada, financial institutions are beginning to back corporate cannabis producers.
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Examining The Years Since Egypt's Arab Spring

It's been four years since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned during the Arab Spring. Since then, the new government has cracked down on dissent.
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Guess How Much Of Uncle Sam's Money Goes To Foreign Aid? Guess Again!

A poll shows that Americans have no clue about the percent of the budget pie that is directed to foreign aid. But maybe it's not our fault.

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