LIMA, Peru — The ravaging of the Peruvian Amazon by a wave of illegal gold mining is twice as bad as researchers had thought.
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As France enters yet another period of mourning, Lebanon is just emerging from one. Not that you probably heard anything about it. Chris Graham reports. If you didn’t know better, you could be excused for believing that the planning behind the latest terrorist attack in Paris is about more than just causing widespread death andMore
I don't agree with everything said in this op-ed, but it does offer some good insight into our cultural compassion and connections with some place and people, highlighting our disconnect with others.
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What makes for a proper wedding in the eyes of Chechen authorities? No gunfire, keep the men and women at a distance on the dance floor and don't let the bride cut the cake.
These are among the recommendations issued last month by Department of Culture in the capital, Grozny, to safeguard the "spiritual and moral development" of the republic's young people. Although they don't have the force of law, the recommendations carry significant weight as Chechens are increasingly pressured to adopt conservative and Islamic ways under strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
In recent years, young people have become increasingly liberal with their behavior at weddings, neglecting more conservative Chechen traditions, said Madina Shagidaeva, a member of the city's culture department.
Peru's Apurimac region is placed under a state of emergency after four people are shot dead during protest against a copper mining project.
Peru is currently the third biggest producer of copper after Chile and China. It is seeking to overtake China but its ambitions have been hampered by local opposition to the projects.
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After World War I, Canada drew up classified plans to invade the U.S. Meanwhile, the U.S. had its own secret plot to create the "United States of North America."
I never knew 1921 to 1930 was such a frosty time in Canadian-U.S. relations that BOTH sides drew up possible invasion plans. Judging by these amazing arrows, these plans were never seriously about to be executed, but it is a good reminder that geopolitical partnerships (and rivalries) are ever-changing. Today, if there are border tensions between these two allies, it might just center around the Arctic as it's geopolitical importance is rising, but the U.S. doesn't have a very successful track record against Canada. Also, I did enjoy the 1920s reference that Americans simply assumed that Canada (once the British Empire was dismantled) would naturally be absorbed by the United States.
Yes, the are bad...consider yourself warned.
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They ranked hundreds of towns for such magnetic qualities as vibrant main streets, coffee bars, and an eco-friendly vibe. And while plenty of those features may contribute to a town’s unique personality, the top 20 winners in the quirky category take it a step further. One highly ranked town is an unlikely hotbed for Tibetan monks, while another largely forgoes Valentine’s Day to celebrate Charles Darwin instead.
The U.S. has three times as many gun homicides as other wealthy nations.
The United States is more like Latin America that Europe in this particular metric. Maybe United States exceptionalism is true after all.