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If you’re from, say, California or Michigan, would you say you’re a Californian or Michigander first, or an American? You probably haven’t spent all that much time pondering this. But ask a Puerto Rican that question — are you a Puerto Rican or an American first — and the responses can get pretty involved.

At a summer leadership session in San Juan for university students, with the group Puerto Rican Minds in Action, a few college students talked about their identities as Puerto Rican Americans.

They've been called Toronto's Bonnie and Clyde. Except they are rodents — giant rodents.

Two capybaras made an audacious escape from Toronto’s High Park Zoo on May 24. And the pair was spotted repeatedly by pedestrians in the park.

From Brussels, Brexit looks a lot like Kabuki theater

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Regret is just one feeling in the Brexit vote. The other could be illusion — as in, the whole Brexit vote was one giant hoax. Britain will never actually leave Europe.

That's the take Andrew Moravcsik has on Britain. He's a professor or politics at Princeton and his subject is the European Union.

To him, you should call the whole Brexit drama what it actually is: "Kabuki theater."

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As night turned to early morning in Istanbul, Turkey, the death toll in the trio of suicide attacks at Ataturk international airport climbed to 41 — and more than 230 people were wounded.

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Meriden is traditionally considered to be the center of England, both geographically and as a place that represents the heartbeat of the British people. Most villages and towns demographically similar to Meriden ― white areas with relatively few immigrants ― voted to leave the European Union.

In the days after the EU referendum vote in the UK, some voters in these areas are experiencing self-doubt and even regret. This sentiment is evident on social media, where terms like "Bregret" and "Regrexit" are trending.

Matthew Engel Brexit Meriden

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A study from earlier this year found that the UK passport was among the top three "most powerful" in the world.

It could get you into 175 countries without having to apply for an advance visa. 

But after the Brexit vote, there's a fair chance this won't be the case for much longer. It is unclear whether people from the UK will be able to continue traveling freely around the 27 remaining countries of the EU.

Iceland hands England an (embarrassing) exit

Jun 28, 2016
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The head scratching in England reached another layer Monday night. Iceland took on England in the Euro 2016 soccer tournament Monday and the nation ranked 34th in the world handed the Brits an "embarrassing" 2-1 defeat.

It's Britain's second exit from a European affair in the past week after UK voters chose to leave the European Union — a result that seemed to catch many by surprise.

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Google searches in the UK to push for a second referendum have spiked some 24 hours after the historic polls to leave the European Union.

A check on Google Trends, a tool that measures the interest of Google search engine users in specific words or phrases, showed that the sudden jump in searches of phrases like "what is EU?" and "what is Brexit?" was followed by another huge spike in the searches of phrases "second referendum" and "second referendum petition."

Is globalization the real culprit behind Brits' anti-Polish hate crimes?

Jun 27, 2016
Neil Hall/Reuters

So here Britain sits, having voted itself out of the European Union. Its two most powerful political parties are imploding. A currency plummeting. And its cool-headed exports, celebrity chefs, are losing their mind with all-caps instagram posts.

What could possibly help? Is there a model the UK should follow?

Jean Guerrero

Amira Matti, 11, remembers the day her little brother was almost kidnapped near their home in Guatemala City. “My little brother comes running to us and he says, ‘Someone tried to get me,’” she said. “It looked like he’d seen a ghost.” A passing driver had rescued him from the kidnappers.

So Amira's family decided it was time to get out of Guatemala, with its rising gang violence, and head for the United States. On the way, Mexican officials stopped the family and put them in a detention center for more than five months. Amira said it was a nightmare.

The challenges of burying a mass murderer

Jun 27, 2016

Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, has been buried in an unmarked grave in northwest Miami.

And those who have loved ones buried in the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida are not happy about it.

Andrew Wade, whose wife is buried there, told local media that he “really [doesn’t] want him here.” Others have voiced similar feelings.

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How do you prosecute a thought? It's something law enforcement authorities are struggling with right now. When does a violent thought become a crime?

No evidence means no arrest even if future terrorists are on authorities radar

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No evidence means no arrest, even if future terrorists are on authorities radar

It's sheer political chaos in the UK after the Brexit vote

Jun 27, 2016
Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The word "chaos" gets thrown around a lot in political journalism, but it seems to be the right one to describe British politics in the wake of last week's vote in favor of the country leaving the European Union — the so-called "Brexit."

“I was about to say British politics have been re-made,” says BBC political correspondent Rob Watson. “But I don’t think that’s right. It’s just broken. It’s just completely broken.”

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James Cleverly is a happy man. He was one of the biggest campaigners to get Britain out of the European Union.

But even the Conservative parliamentarians was a bit uneasy when his side won.

“Deep down all of us — all humans — are a bit nervous about change. The British particularly so, and we have embarked on a really exciting, but very significant change.”

From China to high school in small-town America

Jun 25, 2016

Starting high school can be tough. There are new classes, new people. Now imagine starting high school in a new country.

That's the case for many students coming from other parts of the world to the United States, including China. And some of these students are heading to newer places — not to New York City or Los Angeles — rather to private schools like Cape Cod Academy in Osterville, Massachusetts.