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October 20, 2014 Comment

U.S. Boosts Kurds’ Effort To Hold Kobane

Kurdish fighters are battling Islamic State militants, trying to hold the Syrian town that is on the border with Turkey.

October 20, 2014 Comment

Indonesia Inaugurates New President

Joko Widodo was cheered through the streets of Jakarta by the tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians who swept him to power.

October 17, 2014 Comment

The Economic Impact Of Ebola

The World Bank estimates Ebola could drain $32.6 billion from the global economy if it spreads beyond Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

October 17, 2014 Comment

Putin Stands Defiant Despite Falling Oil Prices

Oil prices in Russia are steadily falling, but President Vladimir Putin seems unwilling to back down on the Ukraine crisis.

October 17, 2014 Comment

Creating Safe Drivers? There’s An App For That

Every year, an estimated 50 million people worldwide get in traffic accidents. A company in Massachusetts created by a pair of MIT professors is trying to change that.

October 17, 2014 Comment

BBC: ISIS Losing Grip On Syrian City Of Kobani

After a month of fighting, the BBC reports ISIS militants are retreating from the Syrian border town of Kobani.

October 17, 2014 Comment

USAID: Challenges And Small Victories In Liberia

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people in the region with an estimated 8,900 more people currently infected.

October 16, 2014 10 Comments

How Rational Are Our Fears Of Ebola?

A new poll shows that 1 in 4 Americans are fearful of contracting Ebola, but are those fears warranted?

October 16, 2014 Comment

ISIS Fighters Leave Behind Booby Traps

A British, government-financed company is training the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan to deal with booby-traps planted by ISIS.

October 16, 2014 Comment

Capturing The ‘Humans Of New York,’ And The World

Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the wildly popular series “Humans of New York” is expanding his scope.

October 15, 2014 Comment

Rebuilding Liberia’s Devastated Health System

The nonprofit Management Sciences for Health is setting up community care centers and medicine shops to move Ebola patients out of hospitals.

October 15, 2014 Comment

Anger In Hong Kong As Police Use More Force

The beating of a pro-democracy protester by the police has raised anger and tensions in Hong Kong.

October 14, 2014 4 Comments

Stemming The Flow Of Central American Child Migrants

The U.S. has spent $800 million on programs to address the poverty and violence that triggered a massive wave of Central American children to the U.S.

October 14, 2014 2 Comments

Six Months Later, Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls Still Missing

Despite promises from the Nigerian government that 200 school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram would be rescued, they are still missing.

October 14, 2014 Comment

Spanish Government Faces Protests, Criticism Over Ebola Response

Spain’s government is scrambling to quell anger over alleged safety blunders in the case of an assistant nurse infected with Ebola.

October 14, 2014 2 Comments

Oil Prices Plummet Amid Global Unease

Oil prices are at a four year low. But lower gas prices might mean trouble for the economy.

October 13, 2014 Comment

French Economist Wins Nobel Prize

Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics for research on market regulation that has helped policymakers regulate industries dominated by a few companies.

October 13, 2014 Comment

Iraqi Army Makes Gains Against ISIS

The Iraqi Army says it is now pushing back Islamic State fighters from around Baghdad, and the city will not fall.

October 13, 2014 Comment

The Politics Of Covering Ebola In Liberia

Rodney Sieh, a Liberian newspaper editor, discusses covering Ebola in Liberia and the politics that come with it.

October 10, 2014 Comment

Is North Korea’s Ruler Missing In Action?

North Korea’s leader has not been seen in 37 days, fueling speculation about the state of his health and the leadership.

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October 17 Comment

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

October 17 Comment

USAID: Challenges And Small Victories In Liberia

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people in the region with an estimated 8,900 more people currently infected.

October 16 2 Comments

Kathy Gunst Thinks Fall Greens

Now that summer has turned to fall, we start bidding adieu to the summer corn and say hello to fall greens.

October 16 Comment

‘Alternate Routes': Tradition And Change In Utah

Rachel Rohr's dispatches from Utah, where young people are confronting same-sex marriage and other conflicts between change and tradition.