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Who Is Burning Black Churches? This week's hashtag is, unfortunately, not asking a new question.

The flaming destruction Tuesday of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina inspired imagery on social media from the civil rights movement.

This-low budget video of a young man flipping, spinning and sliding has probably become the most viral breakdancing clip to ever come out of Tunisia — and not because of the dancer’s moves.

"He’s a poor dancer,” jokes Ilyesse, an 18-year-old who’s one of the top 16 breakdancers in Tunisia, “but he’s a skilled terrorist.”

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Give more money to keep people happy and healthy — that’s the bet the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands will be taking soon.

Following the principles of “basic income,” Utrecht will be giving between $900 and $1,450 per month to households already receiving welfare. Recipients will be free to spend it as they wish.

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In soccer, they call an "own goal" a dagger through the heart.

It's when you kick the ball into your own net. And that's exactly what England's Laura Bassett did yesterday.

In the final seconds of the match, with the game tied 1-1, she kicked the ball into her own goal.

It was an accident of course.

But it sent Japan to the final and Bassett to the ground in tears. Cynics call it a quintessential English soccer moment.

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Journalist Zoe Sullivan spent months documenting a small community of marisqueiras living south of Recife on the eastern coast of Brazil.

Marisqueiras are women who harvest mollusks, crabs and other shellfish from the waters of Brazil's coastal mangrove swamps. It's an occupation they've pursued for generations. But the steady expansion of a nearby port and industrial complex is threatening their livelihoods and their health. We sat down with Zoe to talk about these women and the challenges they're facing. 

Mass youth protests in Armenia target corruption

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Mass protests have gripped Armenia since late June. Many of the protesters are young. They’re all angry at a proposed hike in the cost of electricity.

But the wave of unrest is about much more than that.

“The protests,” says activist Babken DerGrigorian, “are really about a growing frustration with a lack of accountability and transparency within the Armenian government.”

Global Forecast: Stormy Weather

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When you do what I do, the news about climate change comes rather like snowflakes in a blizzard–from all directions at once, and accumulating in such overwhelming amounts and impact that it can be hard to know where to start digging out.   But as global negotiators pack their bags for the latest UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa later this month, here are a few of the more sobering bits of recent news:

Japan's Tsunami-Stricken Fishermen Chart New Course

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Last year's tsunami virtually destroyed many northern Japanese fishing communities. A year later, residents are struggling to rebuild, but as Sam Eaton reports, some are finding that the disaster has given them the opportunity to chart a new course.

Climate change is an unprecedented global problem. But the impacts are very local. They leave no one untouched.

That’s the sobering message from the Obama Administration’s National Climate Assessment. Environment Editor Peter Thomson spent the day reading through the paper. And while scientific and political discussion around the subject gets pretty technical and abstract quickly (think PPM of carbon) this document is quite different.

Bottlenose Dolphins Whistling On A First Name Basis

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We're looking for a firth, not a fourth or fifth, but a firth in Scotland. It's Scotland's largest firth, a triangle shaped inlet of the North Sea. You can see it looking north from Inverness, a city in the Scottish Highlands. If you look through binoculars you might just catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins that like to swim in these coastal waters. A team of marine scientists at the University of Saint Andrews has been trying to document how these dolphins communicate using signature whistles.

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