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Student protests over fuel shortages in oil-rich Chad leave five dead

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Africa | N’DJAMENA, Chad—Riots in Chad left at least five people dead at the hands of Chadian police forces last week. On Tuesday, riot police units fanned out…

Cargo ships import major pollution at Chinese ports

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Environment | Environmentalists often call China’s air pollution problem “Airpocalypse.” China ranks in the top tier of countries with health-hazardous air. And a…

Dredging up money for Southern seaport expansion

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Transportation | Eastern seaboard ports are not yet ready to receive colossal cargo ships due to begin transiting the Panama Canal in 2016. And the holdup is mostly a matter…

Development in Mecca creates unholy furor

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Islam | Mecca, Saudi Arabia, usually conjures up images of a sea of Muslim worshipers and the annual Hajj pilgrimage, not cranes and metropolitan sprawl. But in the…

Learn how to survive a plane crash with legendary British fortitude

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Transportation | There’s no one like the British for figuring out how to keep calm and carry on in a plane crash. A British Airways (BA) course originally offered to oil…

Detention for some immigrant kids isn’t all bad

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Immigration | Free Internet access. Flat-screen TVs. A hair salon. An all-you-can eat cafeteria. Charter school education. All at a Texas residential facility for migrant…

America isn’t the only country struggling with an influx of migrants

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Immigration | As the flow of child migrants to the United States via Mexico shows signs of a major slowdown, France and Britain are facing an increase in migrant tensions.

Who should compensate families of Flight 17 victims?

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Transportation | When a commercial aircraft crashes, or is shot down, it’s not always clear who should pay. Families mourning passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are…

Report on Quebec train disaster downplays main cause

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Transportation | A year after a runaway oil train exploded near the Maine border with Quebec, the investigation report released this week cited 18 contributing factors. But…

Developers battle FAA over new building height restrictions

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Transportation | A recent Federal Aviation Administration proposal to decrease building height near airports has drawn battle lines between real estate developers and…

Landing in Houston: ‘Like sliding down a banister’

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Transportation | Houston airports are set to lead the nation in quiet landings and less pollution. The FAA has redesigned the area’s flight corridors to save fuel, time, and…

Do air traffic controllers need more sleep?

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Transportation | A government-sponsored report released last week said air traffic controllers are at great risk for fatigue and errors leading to accidents because of their…

 
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