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Victor Agbafe will start college this fall at Harvard. But before he made the decision, he pulled off a rare feat: Getting accepted to all eight Ivy League universities.

Agbafe was one of just seven students in the nation to make a clean sweep of the Ivies this year. Many of them, including Agbafe, are the children of immigrants

Andrew Miksys

John Phelan started collecting photography books just four years ago, and his trove is already "somewhere north of 3,500.”

The books, Phelan says, are “the closest you can get to the actual product," the experience of looking at a work of art the way the artist envisioned it. And getting that experience takes some doing: The majority of his books are issued in limited editions that are sometimes hand-numbered or signed. That makes them fetishized works of art in and of themselves, and they're snapped up in practically no time.

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It was a cold December day when Sam Neher had his pocket picked in Istanbul.

Neher, a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, was wearing a winter jacket. "My passport was in a little pocket that was zipped, underneath a buckle," he recalls. But when Neher and his girlfriend stopped at a café, he says, "I noticed that the zipper was open and my passport was gone."

Michaela Rehle / Reuters

In Russia, a motorcycle gang lives by the motto, "Wherever the Night Wolves are, that should be considered Russia."

Vladimir Putin likes that.

Noel Gomez was coerced into becoming a prostitute in Seattle when she was 16. Fifteen years, and lots of abuse later, she finally got out of "the life." Yesterday, she shared her story with us.

I'm a lover of music, so it’s kind of shameful that the first time I came to New Orleans was just two years ago.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Discussing trade deals is generally about as exciting as watching grass grow, but a huge new pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership is firing up public opinion.

The deal, called TPP for short, involves the United States and 11 other countries that together represent close to a billion people and 40 percent of the world's economy. It's a big deal, but critics says it's also a bad deal, one that will hurt the average American.

With joy, Irish return #hometovote on gay marriage

May 22, 2015
Cathal McNaughton / Reuters

They came from Thailand, from Egypt, from America, from the United Kingdom.

They were, as they tweeted, #hometovote.

That hashtag as well as others related to Friday's gay marriage referendum in Ireland trended worldwide on social media, as thousands of marriage equality supporters returned to a homeland in which they once felt unwelcome. The messages and images showed the joy and pride in their nation and this opportunity.

Here are some of the best we've come across so far:

If you've ever felt guilty for laughing at a Seth MacFarlane show like "Family Guy," get ready to do it again. His latest offering, "Bordertown," is set to air on Fox in January.

The show is set in a fictitious Texas town near the US-Mexico border. The main characters are Ernesto Gonzales, a Mexican immigrant who's been in the US for decades, and his underachieving border guard of a neighbor, Bud Buckwald, an updated Archie Bunker type who can't understand why his world is changing.

Reuters

Shortly after the fall of Ramadi was announced, reports began to filter in that ISIS fighers were conducting summary public executions of those loyal to the Iraqi government. 

That news hit home for Thomas Daly, a Marine veteran who helped American forces build alliances with local Sunnis and flush al-Qaeda militants out of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, in the spring of 2007.

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If the voting public in Ireland does as expected and says "yes" to same-sex marriage in Friday’s national referendum, it will be yet another reminder of how far and fast the country is moving away from its Roman Catholic roots. 

For good reason, the Emerald Isle has long been known as “the jewel in the crown of international Catholicism,” says Diarmaid Ferriter, a professor of modern Irish history at University College Dublin.

Reuters

Could Coca-Cola succeed where a multitude of human rights groups have not so far?

That is, could Coke and other big money sponsors use public criticism — and possibly withhold money — to reverse what many consider a crooked selection process that gave the soccer World Cup to Qatar in 2022? Those selections have led to a public spectacle of labor conditions of the migrants building the facilities in the Gulf nation.

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If you know where to look on social media in Arabic, it is not difficult to find the traffickers.

In fact, many of those offering a new life in Europe are openly touting for business: "With the beginning of the new season we have a range of journeys on offer" writes one site. "Turkey-Libya-Italy, $3,800. Algeria-Libya-Italy, $2,500. Sudan-Libya-Italy, $2,500." 

The darker side of Thailand's sex industry: trafficking underage girls

May 21, 2015

The word "trafficking" is tricky. Both in the US and abroad, it's become a catch all for the buying and selling of sex, whether forced or voluntary. The reality is that the majority of women working in the sex industry at home and abroad are not trafficked (i.e. led into their line of work by force, fraud or coercion). They choose to work in the sex industry as the best financial option for themselves and their families.

Courtesy of&nbsp;Human Rights First

It's a crime to be lesbian in Jamaica; it can be dangerous to even try to meet other women who are gay. But that hasn't stopped 25-year-old activist Angeline Jackson from speaking out — and creating Jamaica's only registered group advocating for lesbian and bisexual women.

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