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Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS

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Nigeria | Kellou Abakar’s contractions began Jan. 3—the same day Boko Haram attacked her hometown in Nigeria. With labor coming on, the 30-year-old took her two…

Labor disputes put West Coast seaports at a standstill

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Transportation | Ports up and down the U.S. West Coast are nearly at a standstill after months of bickering between unions and the companies that operate marine terminals.

Fugitive treasure hunter finally caught, search for gold continues

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Newsworthy | Mystery abounds in the case of the gold-hunter finally arrested last week after two years in hiding: Why did Tommy Thompson disappear? What happened to the…

Border agents ordered to help immigrants avoid deportation

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Immigration | Under a new Obama administration directive, immigration agents have been ordered to screen illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation. The order…

Why doesn’t cheaper jet fuel mean lower airfares?

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Transportation | Airlines estimate they will save up to $20 billion this year in jet fuel costs, but passengers are unlikely to see cheaper airfares. Travelers might expect…

CNN gets coveted drone clearance in deal with FAA

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Technology | News giant CNN made its own headlines this week by teaming up with the FAA for research on commercial use of drones. CNN is now cleared to use camera-equipped…

Nursing new beginnings in CAR

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Africa | Graduates from a new nursing program championed by an American couple are bringing physical and spiritual healing to Central African Republic

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…

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