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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Health authorities are closely watching an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new virus that originated in China. The viral illness has prompted Chinese authorities to effectively shut down at least three cities and governments are stepping up surveillance of airline passengers from central China to try to control the outbreak.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country’s days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to roil the capital amid soaring tensions with the United States.

Videos posted online showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans and moving through subway stations and sidewalks, many around Azadi, or Freedom, Square after an earlier call for people to demonstrate there. Other videos suggested similar protests were taking place in other Iranian cities.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Jay Jenkins entered a local convenience store and gas station with a friend. Noticing a cleverly marked package of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, he wondered, what is vaping like?

After purchasing the product, he took two puffs. What he experienced next was completely unexpected.

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  • TERRORISM & SECURITY

Once spanning a large swath of Iraq and Syria, the self-declared caliphate Islamic State was delivered a seeming deathblow in October: United States special forces killed the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

But the militant group, which arose from the remnants of al-Qaida in Iraq after that group’s defeat by U.S.-led forces in 2008, spent little time mourning before pushing forward.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

Dancing orange flames churn thick, putrid, mud-colored smoke in the middle of a once-traffic-congested street in downtown Santiago. It is just one of dozens of car-size fires roiling over piles of debris in Chile’s capital that were set by protesters demanding improvements in health care, public transportation, education and other government-provided services. At a point, 1.2 million people jammed into the city center for a rally.

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  • ANALYSIS

For most Americans, World War II is difficult to truly comprehend. It is something that occurred decades ago on battlefields oceans away. This is not the case for those living in Europe, where war is part of the landscape—literally. Shell holes from both world wars litter fields in France and Belgium. Machine gun nests still lay rusting in the thick Ardennes forest.

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  • RELIGION
For some, the idea that Jesus Christ walked the Earth 2,000 years ago—turning water to wine, healing the lame, raising the dead—is just too fantastical to be true.

In fact, some believe that Christ was a hoax devised by the Romans. The thought is that, since the Jews were expecting a heroic savior to liberate them, the Romans invented an opposing belief system that taught adherents to “turn the other cheek” (Matt. 5:39) and “render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” (22:21). Thus, Rome would have pacifist taxpayers in Judea.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

The hymn of the Brazilian state of Rondonia takes pride in the region’s famously beautiful skies. “Blue, our sky is always blue,” it says. “May God keep it unrivaled, crystal, pure, and always keep it that way.”

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  • HOLIDAYS

Money cannot buy happiness. Spending it on others does.

We all know this is intrinsically true. Even science proves that giving makes us happier than receiving. A person’s brain is more engaged when giving, specifically because of increased levels of the pleasure chemical dopamine.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

The massive, violent demonstrations that stopped Hong Kong in its tracks this summer—even as protesters went so far as staging the largest-ever shutdown of a major airport—had perhaps as many angles as participants.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Illness abounds in society. What if there was a prescription—a hypothetical pill—that a person could take to reduce the risk of acquiring many of these diseases?

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  • AMERICAS

Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia’s is socialist.

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  • RELIGION

Timothy Buchanan says he never consults clergy about important decisions, but it is not for lack of faith. He regularly attends a nondenominational Christian church near his home.

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  • SOCIETY & LIFESTYLES

Be fruitful, and multiply.” Many recognize this expression from the Bible, which has remarkably much to say about sex. The timing of this command is just as revealing. It was said when people were fewest in number.

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  • AMERICAS

Tens of millions of Americans were reminded of the dangers of living near a fault line when two earthquakes struck around 24 hours apart in almost the exact same location—about 150 miles from Los Angeles in Ridgecrest, California. The first (6.4 magnitude) struck on July 4 in the morning while the second, even larger earthquake (7.1 magnitude) struck the evening of July 5.

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  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Kim stands in front of a large, white door, the white buttons of her blue blouse a striking contrast. She says something many have felt: “I wanted to know who I am and where I came from.” She took a DNA test and was shocked when her results revealed 26 percent Native American heritage.

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  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Idealism can seem to border on lunacy—particularly when one does not have the means to accomplish a goal.

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  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Humpback whales improve wind power. Birds silence bullet trains. Sharks stop deadly bacteria. On the surface, these statements seem strange and unrelated. Yet these odd-couple pairings are becoming commonplace in everyday life through the design philosophy known as biomimicry.

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  • RELIGION

“Teach us to pray.” This may sound like a naive request considering people had been praying for thousands of years by the time this question was asked. Yet the man decided to ask Jesus Christ anyway (Luke 11:1).

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  • RELIGION

The term “mission trip” typically evokes Christians going to far-flung places around the globe. These journeys often involve building a school in Haiti, working in a medical clinic in Peru, or a choir tour through Ghana. Yet there is a new destination for such evangelizers: America’s college campuses.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

You may go your entire life without seeing an endangered species, yet the globe’s biodiversity crisis threatens all of humanity in numerous unseen or unrecognized ways, scientists say.