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24/06/2014

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"Students and teacher in a Biology class at Sorya High School " Photo by: Graham Crouch/World Bank

The Smartest Girl in all of Afghanistan

Allyson Cartwright, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 13:36 p.m. DST, 24 June 2014 BALKH, Afghanistan — During Afghanistan’s university entrance exams last month, a girl named Shohreh Ghaderi scored the highest of anyone in the country. She beat over 225,000 other test-takers. Considering Afghanistan’s history of repressing women’s education, Ghaderi’s feat is challenging the status quo of […]

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24/06/2014

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International Volunteers Series: Caregiver in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Olivia Elswick, Asia Correspondent Last Modified: 08:07 a.m. DST, 24 June 2014 BOLIVIA, Cochabamba — This week I spoke with Charlene Becicka, a caregiver at an orphanage in a rural pueblo outside of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Cochabamba is known as the “City of Eternal Sunshine” because of the beautiful weather year round. This orphanage offers a […]

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21/06/2014

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Gazprom Pipeline Runs Dry

Michael Ransom, Managing Editor Last Modified: 08:05 p.m. DST, 21 June 2014 KIEV, Ukraine — The violent conflict between Russian separatists and Ukrainian militias is slowing down, if only momentarily, due to a ceasefire declared by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, 18 June. While bloodshed may be decreasing, Russia has initiated a new economic […]

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19/06/2014

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Theresa Kiblinger and Ariel Zarate, Volunteers in Maridi, South Sudan

International Volunteers Series: Healthcare Workers in Maridi, South Sudan

Olivia Elswick, Asia Correspondent Last Modified: 08:07 a.m. DST, 19 June 2014 MARIDI, South Sudan — For this edition of the international volunteer interview series, I spoke with Theresa Kiblinger and Ariel Zarate, American volunteers living in “the bush,” of Maridi, South Sudan. Despite South Sudan’s prevalence in international news these day, and obstacles like […]

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18/06/2014

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Redskins’ Trademark Cancelled by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Image from Anti-Redskin Trademark Campaign, Photo Courtesy of Mark Williams

Michael Ransom, Managing Editor Last Modified: 05:37 p.m. DST, 18 June 2014 ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — The US Patent and Trademark Office came down hard on the Washington Redskins organization today, 18 June 2014, canceling the National Football League franchise’s exclusive rights to the logo and name. Now, the Redskins trademarks will not belong solely to […]

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