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Maggy Donaldson

The North African enclave of Ceuta is a little piece of the European Union just an hour by boat from mainland Europe. Its land border with Morocco is the gateway for a brisk trade. Commercial goods delivered to the Spanish port are sold in Moroccan souks, just beyond the high dividing fence.

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Where is Ceuta?

Midsummer in Sweden

May 13, 2015

The Geo Quiz takes you to a park in Stockholm

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We might think we have a basic understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD: Soldiers in battle see things they'd like to forget, but years later combat memories come back to haunt them. That's the received wisdom.

But perhaps we have it all wrong. Maybe it's not the reminders of the fighting that cause post-traumatic stress so much as the void ex-combatants face when they leave the community of soldiers behind.


If the jury does opt for the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he will likely face the prospect of death by lethal injection.

But there are a lot of questions currently surrounding lethal injections, especially after last year's botched execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma. In that case, authorities were forced to use an untested cocktail of drugs for the execution because their preferred drug, sodium thiopental, wasn't available.

Another migrant crisis is brewing in the Bay of Bengal

May 13, 2015
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As a migrant crisis grips the countries around the Mediterranean, a similar problem is unfolding thousands of miles aways in the waters near Southeast Asia.

Thousands of people are currently caught at sea after attempting to reach wealthier nations in the region by boat. The migrants were turned back by the navies of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, prompting some smugglers to abandon their boats and ships with their passengers still on board.


Ananta Bijoy Das, the third blogger to be killed in Bangladesh since the beginning of this year, was hacked to death near his home in broad day light Tuesday morning.

"He wrote about reason and science, about evolution theory," says Asif Mohiuddin, a close friend of Das. "He translated books into Bengali."

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If there was anything close to a star witness at the trial of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, it was Helen Prejean. The Roman Catholic nun, whose story was told in the Susan Sarandon/Sean Penn movie "Dead Man Walking," is probably America’s best-known opponent of the death penalty. 

Prejean took the stand on Monday and revealed she had met with the 21-year-old defendant five times in prison and that they had discussed various subjects.  

Dozens more die after another major quake hits Nepal

May 13, 2015
Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Nepal was struck by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, killing dozens of people  — many of whom were in buildings already damaged in a massive quake last month.

Journalist Donatella Lorch, who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, says the latest quake was particularly damaging thanks to poor weather over the past few days.

“It’s been raining every night here for the past four or five days, and that has loosened a lot of the earth on these very sheer mountain areas where the earthquake struck," she says. "There are massive cracks in the mountains from the earthquake.”

Indians, Indian-Americans and Spelling

May 13, 2015

Imagine the scene: a small, Rust Belt town on the shores of Lake Erie, the kind of place where diversity meant Irish and Italian.


Photographer Minzayar (he goes by one name) often travels to displaced Rohingya Muslim camps in western Myanmar (formerly Burma) to capture images of daily life of a mostly stateless people living in grim conditions.

On a recent assignment, he came across a camp in Sittwe and noticed the glow of computers inside one building. Then he heard the people inside shouting at the screens.

The photo he snapped of the Internet hut stuck with him — a face illuminated by technology with an dramatic expression of someone connecting to family in the outside world.

Drought in Australia; an end to drought in Brazil; poor crops across Asia; record global temperatures. If you start hearing about these in the next year, remember this news from the week:

El Niño is back.

That's the word from scientists who have been watching the tropical Pacific. Surface temperatures there are going up, winds are shifting and that could mean big weather-related changes around the world over the next year or so.

At 27, Adburahman Hussain could be considered an accomplished and promising young filmmaker. A movie in which he was the assistant director was nominated for an Oscar, and he attended the ceremony, taking selfies with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Spike Lee.

Last summer, he attended one of the most prestigious film schools in France. Yet now, he finds himself biking to work everyday through checkpoints manned by young militiamen toting AK-47s, as he makes his way to an office where the windows were recently blown out by a bomb blast.

Purvi Thacker

Nepal is a desperately poor country. Even before the earthquake, a lot of Nepalis were out of the country making a living somewhere else.

Most of those Nepalis — who usually send money back home — are men. And that means many women in Nepal have had to deal with the disaster on their own. Journalist Purvi Thacker happened to be in Nepal last month when the earthquake hit.

After the quake, Thacker met Priya Lama, who was providing aid on the ground while dealing with her own destroyed home and life.

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Nama Budhathoki was working on his Ph.D. in the US when a huge earthquake hit Haiti in 2010.

A student of mapping, he quickly noticed that initial recovery efforts in Haiti lacked good, detailed maps of the island. Budhathoki is from Nepal, and he couldn't help but think about his own country. Nepal was also at great risk for a big earthquake, and the country also lacked decent maps.

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The European Union has been talking about a plan to divvy up the burden of migrants who are attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe by the thousands. The plan would relocate migrants to various EU countries based on the size of their economies, populations, unemployment rates and past number of asylum seekers.

This quota system has already drawn plenty of criticism. British Prime Minister David Cameron thinks the plan is “mad.”

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Here's a story about some unlikely victims of climate change: Not polar bears stranded by melting ice or Pacific atolls battered by rising sea levels, but long dead natives of northern Chile whose mummified bodies are feeling the effects of a warming Earth.

The Chinchorro mummies were discovered in Chile's Atacama Desert in 1917, remnants of the Chinchorro people who once lived along the coasts of northern Chile and southern Peru. These are the oldest mummies ever found, dating back to 5,000 to 7,000 BC — more than a couple of thousand years older than mummies in Egypt.

How a Japanese American burst Japan's bubble on racism

May 13, 2015
Courtest of Miki Dezaki

Growing up in southern Florida, Miki Dezaki was exposed to a lot of stereotypes. The kids around him made jokes about people from Asia — and his immigrant Japanese parents said derogatory things about other Asians.

He was so sensitive to stereotypes from such a young age that he "would purposely get bad grades because I didn’t want to be the smart Asian in middle school," Dezaki remembers.

Steve Dolinsky

Chocolate chip cookies are a quintessentially American treat; A croissant, or maybe a pot de crème, may be the quickest way to sample a taste of France; but food writer Steve Dolinsky is on a quest to discover the most popular, sweet treat up in Canada — and he thinks he's found the answer.

“You go to any bakery, any market, and you're going to see butter tarts," he says. "I mean, every place in Toronto, somebody's got an opinion about butter tarts. They are just all over Ontario.”


As images of devastation and tragedy in Nepal and neighboring countries rattled by a series of quakes since April 25 pour across social media and TV, the natural question for many people is, "What can I do to help?"

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Cuba last month and, during his visit, signed an agreement that could change the lives of many Americans.

New York’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in partnership with Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology, will test out a much-needed lung cancer vaccine called Cimavax, developed in Cuba.

Now that relations between US and Cuba are improving, the US wants to see if it can benefit from the vaccine.

More innovations in medicine

The "Deflategate" scandal that's consumed NFL fans for months is hardly the first high-profile case of sports cheating.

The allegations landed Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady a four-game suspension, which a federal judge threw out on Sept. 3. But it's really nothing new.

Afghan rapper escaped teen marriage by singing about it

May 12, 2015

I met Sonita Alizadeh when she flew into town to perform her first US concert. We were talking a walk when she suddenly stopped and stared at a man playing with his two daughters.

“Here in America a dad sets aside time to take his daughters to the park,” she said. “Where I come from, you don’t see that.”