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For years after US forces left Vietnam, following a conflict that had killed millions in Southeast Asia, the two countries didn't speak.

Diplomatic relations were finally restored in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, but on Monday President Barack Obama went a step further: During a visit to Hanoi, he announced he was lifting the embargo on US companies selling arms to Vietnam, 41 years after the fall of Saigon.

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In East Africa’s most prosperous economy, the average city resident pays up to 16 bribes per month, according to Transparency International. Locals have dubbed Kenya “ya kitu kidogo” — the land of the “little something” — a kind of homeland of the bribe. And on the streets of Eastleigh, Nairobi, the victims of those bribes point their finger at one perpetrator.

“If you look at the police who are meant to protect them,” says local activist Abdullahi Mohamed, “they just arrest them to extort cash.”

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Ozan Kose

“The greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime.”

That's how the United Nations is describing the current global situation. It says 125 million people around the world are currently in need of some form of humanitarian help.

But how do you actually deliver that help on such a huge international scale? That is what they are trying to figure out at the World Humanitarian Summit, which started in Istanbul on Monday. 

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In the 1970s, a small town in Canada tried something radical: families who earned below a certain amount were given money that they could use for anything. Essentially, it was money for nothing.

It was a variant on an idea called “guaranteed basic income." That concept has seen a resurgence in popularity recently, fueled by techno-utopian dreams of an all-robot workforce.

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When Luis got home last month after four months in the US, he had to unpack his bags by candlelight. 

He had taken the trip to hone his English, and to look for work that would grant him a visa allowing him to live in the US. It took him months to save for the trip. 

But ultimately, the only job offer he received would’ve required him to live and work illegally in Washington, DC.

Morocco is a very large movie set — from sands to cities. It's served as a stand-in for Arabia in "Lawrence of Arabia," Abu Dhabi in "Sex in the City 2," Egypt for "Evil Mummy" and for fantasy locations in "Game of Thrones."

But rarely is Morocco — Morocco in films.

Americans sat in front of their TV sets stunned.

It was 1965 and the Vietnam War dominated the evening news. A report from correspondent Morley Safer showed US Marines in the dirt-poor village of Cam Ne. 

A soldier Safer was talking to casually touched his Zippo lighter to the roof of a thatched hut. Desperate villagers cried and pleaded with the Marines to stop as Cam Ne went up in flames. Few primetime viewers had ever seen US troops act with such brazen cruelty. 

In 1971, Eddie Palmieri's album "Harlem River Drive" fused Latin, soul, funk and jazz music — all packaged within the tales of life in the inner city.

The album later went on to become a full ensemble by the same name.

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has apologized in parliament for government actions a century ago. In 1914, a shipload of would-be immigrants from India was roughly handled and turned away. Simply put, the Canadian government of the time wanted to keep Canada white.

“I have to be honest,” says Sukhi Ghuman, a descendant of one of the passengers on the ship, the Komagata Maru, “I was holding back tears during the apology, just being there present inside the House of Commons where I could see first-hand Justin Trudeau giving the apology. It was amazing.”

One British pound. That's about a buck-fifty in dollars. And that's what it'll cost you to leave the rat race behind.

How does prime farmland in Wales overlooking the Irish Sea sound?

Spanning 140 acres on the Welsh coastline is a place called Parc Farm. The sprawling limestone headlands are in Northern Wales near Llandudno, Conwy county. The offer comes from a British charity that's looking for a caretaker.

Sounds too good to be true, right? There must be a catch.

Maz Jobrani's comedy career has been successful in part because he's been able to turn all the stereotypes and misunderstandings he's endured as an Iranian immigrant into great material. Now he's upended the stereotypes again in his new film: "Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero."

"It's a silly comedy." Jobrani says. "I call it the Persian Pink Panther meets Borat." 

Last week, a damning investigation by two French media outlets revealed a number of allegations of sexual harassment against a deputy speaker of the French National Assembly and a former leader of Europe Écologie-Les Verts (Green Party).

Denis Baupin was forced to resign. But he is vehemently denying all the charges.

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Saul Gonzalez

It’s easy to think of how technology has left some products behind. After all, when’s the last time you used a pocket calculator or made a call from a pay phone?

And then there’s the jukebox.

But if you head to Los Angeles, and the 2000 block of Pico Boulevard, look for a shop run by Magdi Hanna. He is one of a handful of people left in the United States dedicated to fixing jukeboxes. His mission? To save the machines for future generations.

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There are some 10,000 people in an unofficial refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece.

Many have been living at the camp for months, essentially in limbo.

Months of waiting and desperation can make tempers flare. That's what happened last night in Idomeni, and police responded with tear gas.

Photographer Jodi Hilton, who has been reporting from the camp this week, witnessed what happened and sent us these images.

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Suhaib Webb is probably not what many Americans imagine when they hear the word "imam." 

The Islamic spiritual leader is a blond, blue-eyed, former hip-hop DJ from Oklahoma City. In high school, he was a member of a street gang. His grandfather was a fundamentalist Christian preacher. 

When Webb turned 20, he converted to Islam. Now 43, he’s emerged as one of the most influential American Muslim voices speaking out against extremism.

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