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Mysterious decline in bee population creates worry

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Mysterious decline in bee population creates worry

The mysterious disappearance of bees around the world is raising concerns because the bees pollinate an estimated 90 percent of the crops that are our source of food. Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses consequences of the decline in the bee population.

Posted: August 20, 2009 14:48   Comments: 6
Scotland frees terminally ill Lockerbie bomber

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Scotland frees terminally ill Lockerbie bomber

Scottish authorities confirmed that they had freed the Libyan man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The man is dying of cancer. Did Scottish authorities make the right decision? Tell us what you think.

Posted: August 20, 2009 10:00   Comments: 77
Scores still missing after dam disaster in Russia

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Scores still missing after dam disaster in Russia

Twelve people have been confirmed dead and 64 remain missing after an accident at Russia's largest hydroelectric power station on Monday. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that the incident is symptomatic of serious infrastructure problems in the country.

Posted: August 18, 2009 10:29   Comments: 0
Britain defends its health care against U.S. criticisms

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Britain defends its health care against U.S. criticisms

The angry debate over health care reform in the U.S. is triggering another round of outrage overseas. Officials in Great Britain are now fighting back to defend their system from the criticisms of America's right. Andrew Clark of The Guardian discusses how Britons view the U.S. health care debate.

Posted: August 14, 2009 14:40   Comments: 12
France and Germany report economic growth

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France and Germany report economic growth

Two of Europe's biggest economies -- Germany and France -- reported signs of a recovery. Each saw growth of 0.3 percent in this year's second quarter. Roben Farzad of BusinessWeek discusses how fast the world economy is rebounding and analyzes what it will mean for the United States.

Posted: August 13, 2009 13:54   Comments: 0
Five-day Russia-Georgia war has lasting political fallout

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Five-day Russia-Georgia war has lasting political fallout

On Friday, Russia and Georgia marked the first anniversary of the five-day war that erupted a year ago. But tensions between the countries are still running high, writes Ivan Krastev, and there will be lasting political fallout for Russia, Georgia, Europe and the U.S.

Posted: August 7, 2009 12:18   Comments: 2
Ambitious Dane takes the reins at NATO

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Ambitious Dane takes the reins at NATO

As NATO ushers in a new secretary general, the Taliban insurgency is raging in Afghanistan. A NATO resurgence will depend upon the diplomatic skills of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, writes Worldfocus contributor Ben Piven.

Posted: August 5, 2009 08:40   Comments: 0
Greenland’s people take pride in traditional language

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Greenland’s people take pride in traditional language

In recent months, Greenland has taken steps towards self-rule. Cultural identity is also highly important to Greenlanders, and Jason George of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting writes that the traditional Greenlandic language has become a symbol for national pride.

Posted: July 31, 2009 10:59   Comments: 1
Russia plans to teach religion, ethics in schools

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Russia plans to teach religion, ethics in schools

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced a pilot program that will introduce mandatory religious studies and secular ethics in Russian schools. A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes the controversy over religious education in Russia and compares it to related issues in the U.S.

Posted: July 28, 2009 11:24   Comments: 1
Warming Greenland moves towards independence

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Warming Greenland moves towards independence

Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen has proclaimed that Greenland can declare full independence from Denmark. But even as Greenland moves towards independence, it must contend with the growing effects of climate change and wean itself off Danish financial support.

Posted: July 28, 2009 07:24   Comments: 2

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