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For those of you who watch the presidential debates, you may remember this exchange a few months back between Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.    

Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, said, “I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden, and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.”

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A lot of people wager money on elections.

But it's not even close to the number of people or amount of money in sports gambling online.

It's illegal in most of the US, but it continues to thrive. In fact, gamblers find it easy to wager money here in the US.

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The Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary play a key role in every presidential election cycle. Yet these states are remarkable for their comparative lack of diversity.

“The Latino population, for example,” explains Mark Hugo Lopez, Hispanic research director at the Pew Research Center, “in the case of Iowa, about five percent of that state’s population is Hispanic, and in the case of New Hampshire, it’s about three percent. So these are states that have relatively small Hispanic populations. Nationally, Hispanics make up about 18 percent of the population.”

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The need to develop a diagnostic test for the Zika virus that’s spreading throughout Latin America and the Caribbean is evident.

The World Health Organization has declared the mosquito-borne disease a global health emergency. Pregnant women in Brazil and elsewhere are increasingly worried about the possible link between the Zika virus and the birth defect known as microcephaly.

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"I met Ciro Guerra when he joined a theater group I was directing at the National University of Colombia — years ago. He was very young," explains anthropologist Ignacio Prieto. "From the day he began, Ciro was interested in directing."

Today, Guerra is the director of Colombia's first-ever Oscar nominated film — Embrace of the Serpent — and he has Prieto to thank.

This Is London, my book, tells the story of life and death in a new, little-known city. The new London is an immigrant mega-city where nearly 40 percent were born abroad.

This is no longer the city of Dickens. London now is a city of African nightcleaners, Filipina maids and Romanian building bosses. A city where immigration has so utterly transformed the fabric, it has changed London’s very soul.

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New Hampshire has been overrun by politicians, activists and journalists in the run-up to the presidential primary. And they’ve been joined by large numbers of people from overseas as well. People like Willem Post, a political scientist from the Netherlands.

Post is an academic at the Clingendael Institute for International Relations in the Hague. He’s a huge fan of the direct democracy that the primary represents, in terms of politicians literally knocking on doors to garner a single vote.

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The story of a 28-year-old Italian student named Giulio Regeni who disappeared in Egypt last month is gripping both his native country and the country where he disappeared.

He was in Egypt, researching labor movements for Cambridge University. But on January 25 — the anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings — Regeni vanished. A week later, his body was found. And there were signs he may have been tortured.

Italy is demanding to know what happened. But a lot of details about the case are unclear.

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North Korea this weekend launched a satellite into space again, in violation of international sanctions.

State TV described it thusly: “The fascinating vapour of Juche [self-reliance] satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February."

Not so in the West, where "the vapor trail" was seen more as a sign of Pyongyang’s continuing nuclear ambitions. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was called and South Korea announced that it was considering cooperating with the US on a missile defense system.

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In the final days of campaigning in New Hampshire, presidential candidates are yielding stories that reveal a more human side. Are they weary "what-do-I-have-to-lose" displays of authenticity? Or a counterprogramming show of id to the superego of GOP front-runner Donald Trump?

The raging civil war in Syria has displaced more than 4.5 million people, but young refugee girls in Lebanon are being given hope for their futures thanks to a collaboration between the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and photographer Meredith Hutchison.

In 2013, the IRC and Hutchison created the Vision Not A Victim project, an initiative designed to help young girls "explore their power and potential and cultivate essential skills." The program started in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. About a year ago, the program was implemented in Jordan.

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Jason Margolis

When a person is granted asylum in Sweden, the first order of business: learn the language.  

The small Swedish city of Södertälje is known for being the childhood home of tennis legend Bjorn Borg, and now, as home to many migrants from Syria and Iraq. I spoke with Sevag Yemenyjan outside of a Swedish language classroom. He fled Syria and left everything and everyone behind. I asked how he chose Sweden.  

“Someone told me Sweden is good. They help for school, and help two years,” said Yemenyjan in somewhat stilted English.

Cargo ships stoke terror fears in Europe

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European security officials are concerned about the dangers posed by cargo ships. Smuggling has long been a problem, but fears are now rising about terrorists taking advantage of these illicit activities.

The problem is that Europe simply does not have a comprehensive official tracking system for the estimated 10,000 cargo ships that ply European waters every month. Some nations are much better than otheers at checking vessels when they arrive in their ports.

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A new group has taken up residence in fractious eastern Ukraine. Russia’s ultra-nationalist Night Wolves biker gang has established an armed camp near rebel-held Luhansk.

Their mission, as they see it, is to play a part in securing the region’s independence from Kiev.

There are times when you might prefer to just eat takeout alone at home in front of the TV. But if you’re looking for a more refined, more interactive eating experience, then you have to check out kappo. 

Kappo is formal dining, Japanese-style, but it’s also like hanging out near the kitchen where you can chat with the chefs and watch your meal prepared right in front you.

As food journalist Steve Dolinsky describes kappo, the chef and customers face each other across a counter.

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