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Japanese government says it would defy bluefin tuna ban

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Japanese government says it would defy bluefin tuna ban

Conservation groups say the Atlantic bluefin tuna is at risk of extinction if current catch rates continue. While the U.S. announced its support of a ban this week, the fish is prized for high-end sushi in Japan, where 80 percent of the fish ends up. An international conference will vote on giving the tuna endangered status at a meeting that begins next weekend.

Posted: March 5, 2010 11:01   Comments: 55
McDonald’s celebrates 20 tasty years in Moscow

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McDonald’s celebrates 20 tasty years in Moscow

Russians considered fast food items to be delicacies back in 1990, when the cuisine first arrived in Moscow. McDonald's opened in the Russian capital 20 years ago, and the company recently marked the anniversary. Oksana Boyko of Russia Today reports how McDonald's was more than just fast food.

Posted: March 4, 2010 16:09   Comments: 1
Chilean wineries report significant earthquake losses

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Chilean wineries report significant earthquake losses

The impact of the massive earthquake on Chile’s wine industry has become more clear in recent days, and it is significant, though not as bad as some had feared. Worldfocus Consulting Producer Edward Deitch explains.

Posted: March 4, 2010 15:20   Comments: 4
Far-right Dutch party makes big gains in local elections

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Far-right Dutch party makes big gains in local elections

The Netherlands today held municipal elections in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. The Freedom Party, a populist, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigration party led by Geert Wilders, ran in just two of those elections. In one city, it came in first, and in the other city, the Hague, it came in second. The party wants to outlaw Muslim headscarves in Holland.

Posted: March 4, 2010 13:58   Comments: 70
Cultures around the world at risk of losing their languages

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Cultures around the world at risk of losing their languages

Linguists predict that over half of the almost 7,000 languages currently spoken will disappear by the end of the century. Look at maps of endangered languages around the world, and watch a video of the last speaker of Berbice Dutch.

Posted: March 3, 2010 16:58   Comments: 8
Assessing whether America has lost its mojo

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Assessing whether America has lost its mojo

Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian writes that many commentators are questioning America's place in the world. But, she argues, while the economic situation may appear bleak now, Americans should step back from the ledge and look at the big picture. She offers 10 things to remember about the U.S. and its supposed decline.

Posted: March 3, 2010 15:51   Comments: 8
Living in fear: a lesbian in Zimbabwe shares her story

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Living in fear: a lesbian in Zimbabwe shares her story

Worldfocus partner World Pulse is a media enterprise covering global issues through the eyes of women. Zimbabwean blogger Gertrude Pswarayi shares the story of a gay Zimbabwean woman who lives in fear that her sexual identity will be discovered.

Posted: March 3, 2010 14:45   Comments: 5
A young orphan in Haiti steals a volunteer’s heart

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A young orphan in Haiti steals a volunteer’s heart

Worldfocus associate producer Mohammad Al-Kassim spent five days in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince one month after the devastating earthquake there. He met a Canadian volunteer who has fallen in love with a young boy in her care.

Posted: March 2, 2010 14:15   Comments: 7
Russians embarrassed by poor Olympics performance

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Russians embarrassed by poor Olympics performance

After the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Russians are asking themselves why they performed so poorly. Russia, which dominated the Winter Olympics throughout the seventies and eighties as the Soviet Union, finished sixth on this year's medal table. Neave Barker of Al Jazeera English reports from Moscow on anger at Russia's Olympics performance.

Posted: March 2, 2010 14:03   Comments: 2
Death toll rises as Chilean quake rescue effort continues

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Death toll rises as Chilean quake rescue effort continues

The earthquake that hit Chile has resulted in hundreds of deaths and infrastructure damage throughout the country. Tsunami warnings spread across the Pacific, as far away as Japan and Alaska. Read how blogs and social media have been assessing the impact of the quake around the world.

Posted: March 1, 2010 14:41   Comments: 1
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