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  • Plane Crashes on Takeoff at Malta Airport, 5 Aboard Killed

    Officials say a light plane has crashed after takeoff from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board.

    The twin-prop Metroliner tipped toward the right and crashed into the ground soon after lifting off at 7:20 a.m. Monday, bursting into flames, eyewitnesses said.

    Part of the burning wreckage ended up on a road outside the perimeter of the airport.
    The airplane was on its way to Misrata, Libya.
    Malta International Airport is temporarily closed until…

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  • The Real Story: The Dakota Access Pipeline

    The Dakota Access pipeline is a 1700 kilometer (1100 Mile) pipeline that is intended to transport the 400,000 barrels of oil that are coming from the Bakken and Three Forks oil fields in the U.S. State of North Dakota every day.  Currently most of that oil is transported by train.

    The oil is a product of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the region and the pipeline would make it’s way across four U.S. states, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, then end up in Patoka, Illinois….

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  • In Blow to EU, Byzantine Politics Blocks Canadian Trade Deal

    In a major embarrassment to the European Union, a small region of Belgium continued to withhold on Monday its necessary support for a landmark free trade deal that the rest of the bloc and Canada wanted to sign this week.

    While it remained unclear whether negotiations would resume with the francophone region of Wallonia, it was highly likely that the EU would have to call off Thursday’s summit to sign the deal with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
    “We have been…

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  • Kids with Autism Get Help from Exceptional Minds

    For young people who are identified as being on the autism spectrum, growing into adulthood can present unique challenges. However, people with autism can possess special talents.

    Madeline Petti is an example of how Exceptional Minds,  a visual effects animation studio in Hollywood, California, helps students with autism seek and reach their full potential.

    “I want the world to know that I like designing things and Exceptional Minds is a place where you can go and you will be…

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  • Female Genital Mutilation Haunts Somalis in US

    The United Nations estimates 200 million girls and women in more than 30 countries have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM).

    Somalia has the highest rate in the world recorded by the United Nations, with about 98 percent the country’s female population between the ages of 15 and 49 affected by FGM. 

    Although the procedure is illegal in the United States, many Somali natives now residing in the U.S. underwent FGM as young girls and still live with pain. And, in some…

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  • North Korea Lashes Out at Threat of More Sanctions

    Officials say sanctions targeting nuclear and missile tests are ‘criminal documents,’ accuse US of orchestrating move

    North Korean officials lashed out Monday at efforts in the United Nations to strengthen sanctions following the North’s latest missile launches and nuclear test in September.
    The officials told an Associated Press Television crew in Pyongyang that sanctions targeting the nuclear and missile tests are “criminal documents” and accused the United States of…

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  • Kurdish Soldiers Optimistic Despite Dangers of Fighting IS

    Despite the latest Islamic State attack in Kirkuk, Kurdish soldiers taking part in the operation to reclaim Mosul from IS fighters express optimism. Villages held by the militants continue to fall, leaving empty shelters, bombed-out homes, and left-ov…

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  • US: Philippines’ Duterte Sparking Distress Around World

    America’s top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks and a ‘real climate of uncertainty’ about his government’s intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
    Daniel Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said he also relayed to Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. international concern over continuing killings under Duterte’s crackdown against…

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  • China’s Anti-Corruption Drive Forges Ahead as Political Reshuffle Looms

    At a closed door meeting of high-level Communist Party members this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping will make it clear his expansive anti-corruption drive is far from over and that controls will continue to tighten before a major political reorganization late next year.
    But even as Xi tries to grow his influence over the party, his heavy-handed approach is sparking resistance, analysts note.
    “Xi had a tremendous amount of things that he wanted to accomplish and the means…

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  • Greenhouse Gas Levels Breaking All Records

    The World Meteorological Organization reports the level of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere has reached a record high this year, driven in part by the powerful El Nino event, which started in 2015 and continued well into 2016.

    According to W…

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