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Ellyn Enderlin, University of Maine

Greenland is melting fast, and that's bad news for sea level rise and other impacts of climate change. 

“I don’t mean to make it sound so scary,” reporter Ari Daniel says by satellite phone from the cusp of Greenland’s Helhiem glacier. “This is one of the fastest-moving glaciers there is [here], it moves about three feet in an hour, you can almost see it [move].”

Brennan Linsley/Reuters

Among the lawyers who've worked for detainees at the US military base on Guantanamo Bay are attorneys who've long been jittery about their surroundings. 

Signs at the war court compound warn that the water isn't potable. The tents and containers where many live sit atop a former dumping ground for jet fuel. 

Now some of the military and civilian personnel claim this environment might be causing those who work at the base to develop cancer. 

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

For William Saito it's been a years-long battle to change the business culture in Japan. It's getting a bit easier, now that he's got the ear of Japan's prime minister. 

What he's telling Shinzo Abe is that the government has to stop propping up large, sometimes failing corporations. 

"There's actually too much subsidy and too much money by the government. And when the government uses their old tools of propping up these companies with money, you don't have this hunger to really try hard or to really innovate and take risks," he says.

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was suspended from national and international competition — for naturally having too much testosterone.

After a year of suspension, Chand won the right to compete again after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned her suspension.

“Chand was suspected of having high natural testosterone levels and when that was confirmed she was suspended from both international and national competition,” says Katrina Karkazis, bioethicist at Stanford University.

REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

President Barack Obama's speech to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tuesday was the first time an American President addressed the union.

"I stand before you as a proud American, I also stand before you as the son of an African," he said.

Obama spoke about democracy and warned African leaders that "nobody should be president for life." That's a sore point in a number of African nations, where leaders in their 80s and 90s continue to hold power.

Muammar Gaddafi's son is sentenced to death in Libya

12 hours ago

Muammar Gaddafi was butchered by a mob during the 2011 revolution that overthrew his tyrannical rule in Libya.

Once nicknamed the Mad Dog of the Middle East by Ronald Reagan, Gaddafi had ruled the oil-rich North African nation for more than 40 years. He installed close relatives in all key positions.

His heir apparent was his son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. On Tuesday, Saif al-Islam was sentenced to death by a court in Libya, for directing war crimes committed during the uprising.

What's next for the Olympic Games in the US?

14 hours ago
Phil McCarten/Reuters

Well, Boston’s out.

It’s certainly not the first city to turn down the International Olympic Committee, and the way things seem to be going, it’s not likely to be the last.

Boston isn’t the first city to abandon its bid. Four cities cancelled their bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics alone. But this most recent exit is a telling sign that cities might not be as gung-ho as they used to be about hosting the event. So what's next for the Olympic Games?

There's new life in Japan's tech startup scene

15 hours ago
Naomi Gingold

It’s pretty common knowledge that the Japanese economy has been sputtering since its heyday in the 1980s. Whole sectors have been slow to innovate and face problem. For years the tech startup scene seemed really bleak.

But more recently there’s been a shift, at least when it comes to startups. And one community in particular has been generating quite a bit of noise, just a bit under the radar.

A visit to a traditional British seaside town is usually a fairly safe and relaxing, if uneventful way, to spend the summer.

But, in recent weeks a threat to that tranquililty has emerged. Not the weather. Not even soggy fish and chips. Something altogether more menacing: rogue seagulls.

Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

President Barack Obama's visit to Ethiopia this week has produced a flurry of media coverage about the Horn of Africa nation, a lot of it focused on its lack of democracy.

Many of Ethiopia's neighbors share its autocratic tendencies. But other traits set the Horn of Africa nation apart from other countries in the region. 

Improved tunnels allow for easier drug trafficking

Jul 27, 2015

Well- known drug trafficker, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo, escaped from prison this month via a tunnel. It should have been no surprise, because his cartel specialized in using “supertunnels” to bring drugs and other illicit cargo past the US-Mexican border.

But "supertunnels" are anything but ordinary.

How do we raise a global nation?

Jul 27, 2015
Monica Campbell

It seems obvious to say that to catch a glimpse of America's future, just head to a public school classroom. And those changes are probably bigger than a lot of us realize.

Dennis Benzan is the vice mayor of the Massachusetts city of Cambridge.

He was born in Cambridge, but much of his family is from the Dominican Republic.

In recent weeks he, and a number of other members of Boston's Dominican community, including Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz, have been called traitors against their country.

That's because they've criticized the Dominican Republic's citizenship policies toward people of Haitian descent. Some constituents have vowed to oppose Benzan in the coming elections because of his position.

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Last week, aspiring basketball players traveled to Las Vegas, hoping to be drafted onto a professional team in South Korea.

The Korean Basketball League, or KBL, is popular in South Korea. Basketball is the third-most popular sport in the country after soccer and baseball, says Les Carpenter, a sports journalist who was in Las Vegas for the KBL draft and wrote about it for The Guardian.

President Obama talks gay rights ahead of Kenya visit

Jul 27, 2015
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

It's been a long time coming — six and a half years to be precise.

On Friday, President Barack Obama arrived for his first presidential visit to Kenya. Kenya considers Obama one of its own, as Obama's father was Kenyan.

But not all Kenyans are thrilled to see him.

The president has been an outspoken critic of Kenya's persecution of gay people. He spoke about the issue with the BBC ahead of his visit.