The world, in brief

The world, in brief

New Zealand: A new flag? A referendum ending on March 24 will let New Zealanders decide whether to keep the old flag or replace it with a new design. Supporters of the flag change argue that the current design is...
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Record number of countries sign Paris Climate Agreement

Exactly 175 nation leaders gathered at the United Nations (U.N.), using Earth Day as a platform for the ceremonial signing of the agreement to slow the rise of harmful greenhouse gases around the world. At the signing, 198 children, were...
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International opinions on a national disaster

  The United States is the world’s most influential nation. China may be closing in in terms of economic influence and now boasts the world’s largest standing army, but the United States’ 17 trillion dollar gross domestic product and interventionist...
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The world, in brief

The world, in brief

Belgium: Brussels, Belgium’s capital and home of the European Union headquarters, was struck by a terrorist attack that killed more than 35 people and wounded around 300 more on Tuesday, March 22. The Islamic State (ISIS) has taken credit for...
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U.S. and Cuban Relations: Obama dangling visit to Cuba in attempt to push agenda for the Cuban people

U.S. and Cuban Relations: Obama dangling visit to Cuba in attempt to push agenda for the Cuban people

Almost a year after resuming political relations with Cuba, President Obama is dangling a visit to the island nation over Raul Castro’s head in an attempt to inspire some changes. While the resumption of the relationship between the U.S. and...
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World Health Organization declares public health emergency over Zika virus

World Health Organization declares public health emergency over Zika virus

Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus remained under control until its rapid expansion in 2015, which appears to be continuing into 2016. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC...
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Mauricio Macri poised to end 12 consecutive years of rule in Argentina

Two-time Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri was elected Argentina’s next president after a runoff vote, marking the end of a political dynasty. “Thank you for believing in me. … I am here because you have decided,” Macri said from his...
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Terror attacks in Paris, Beirut put world on watch

On Thursday, Nov. 12 two suicide bombs erupted outside a Shiite mosque and inside a local bakery in Beirut, Lebanon, killing at least 41 people. Late Friday, Nov. 13, attacks in six locations across Paris killed more than 129 people....
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Mexico legalizes weed – for 4 people

On Nov. 4, the Mexican Supreme Court declared that individuals have the right to grow and possess marijuana for personal use. That is, for the four individuals who filed a suit against the federal government claiming the use of marijuana...
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WHO classifies processed meat a group 1 carcinogen

  Frenzy ensued after the World Health Organization (WHO), declared processed meats a cause of colorectal and conceivably stomach cancer and that red meats are probably also a cause of pancreatic and prostate cancer. “Processed Meats Rank Alongside Smok...
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