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Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been going on for months at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. Geographically, that’s far from Florida.

But conflict over tribal lands and the rights of indigenous Americans -- those are issues embedded in centuries of Florida history.

That's why a Florida International University panel on Wednesday night looked at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest as it relates to the rights of indigenous peoples nationwide and throughout the world.

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MATANZAS – A caravan carrying Fidel Castro’s ashes is moving across Cuba from Havana to Santiago on the island’s eastern tip – marking a funereal return to where the Cuban Revolution was born.

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Venezuela's economy is, to put it mildly, struggling. OK, it's a mess.

The socialist government led by President Nicolás Maduro has had to contend with the collapse of oil prices, corruption and high inflation. For ordinary Venezuelans, that means their currency, the bolivar, has become mostly worthless — mostly, but not entirely. And right now, any value the bolivar does have depends largely on one guy who works at a Home Depot in Hoover, Alabama.

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Some stories shouldn’t be told.

That's a lesson Zully learned in third grade. They were studying airplanes and she told her teacher she’d never flown in one — and how her mom carried her from Mexico to North Carolina.

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From the front steps of Rio de Janeiro's Municipal Theater, the ballet company danced, and opera singers belted out the strident "Carmina Burana."

It was last month, and the show was an artistic public protest. The performers, all state employees, haven’t been paid for weeks and won’t be getting paychecks until Dec. 5.

The same day, outside a state-run hospital in Rio’s Tijuca neighborhood, a doctor shrugged when asked about the long lines of people waiting to be treated. “It’s total chaos in there,” he says.

After pushing a revised peace deal with the FARC rebels through Congress, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos got down to a far bigger challenge Thursday: implementing it.

The lower house's unanimous vote in favor of the deal Wednesday night set off a countdown to end a conflict that has burned for over half a century and killed more than 260,000 people.

"What comes now is the implementation of this accord ... We face an enormous challenge," Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo told a news conference.

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Sergio Clavijo, courtesy of the artist Doris Salcedo and Alexander and Bonin, New York, and White Cube, London

The first thing that strikes me when I walk into the Harvard Art Museums' exhibit, “Doris Salcedo: Materiality of Mourning,” is the hush. The lights are dim. I wince whenever I walk because the walls throw back the echoes of my footsteps. 

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It was supposed to be a simple courtesy call, from one world leader to another (almost) world leader. But when Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif got President-elect Donald Trump on the line Wednesday, Sharif heard things he rarely hears from the international community: praise.

I used to play kabaddi in gym class, and I have to say, we all hated it. The boys preferred soccer or cricket while the girls wanted volleyball or dodgeball — anything but this low-class street sport.

Alejandro Saavedra/photo courtesy of Mike Wilkins

Almost 60 years ago, newly minted Cuban leader Fidel Castro visited the United Nations in New York, right after successfully overthrowing Cuba's authoritarian government.

Castro's visit included an event with the Council on Foreign Affairs and a private talk with then-Vice President Richard Nixon.

Photographer Alejandro Saavedra captured the 1959 trip, and his photos were lost for years, ending up in an online auction and eventually in the hands of The World's audio engineer Mike Wilkins.

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