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24/06/2014

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Verde, White Widow Marijuana, Photo by Diego Charlón Sánchez

The Cannabis Capital of the World

Michael Ransom, Managing Editor Last Modified: 06:45 p.m. DST, 24 June 2014 LAZARAT, Albania — This past week, the Albanian government waged a war against the large-scale cultivation of marijuana in the small town of Lazarat, which is 140 miles south of the Albanian capital. Lazarat has been called the ‘cannabis capital’ of Europe, and […]

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24/06/2014

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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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International Volunteers Series: Healthcare Workers in Maridi, South Sudan

Theresa Kiblinger and Ariel Zarate, Volunteers 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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