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5:55 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Nepal's quake preparations not enough, despite 20 years of warnings

Scientists and experts have long agreed that Nepal was due for a large earthquake. The entire country rests on a fault zone, and the country's last major quake was just over eight decades ago. Yet the country's preparedness has lagged far behind the threat.

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5:30 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Why you won’t see Ho Chi Minh City appear in this newspaper in California

Nguoi Viet Daily News editor in chief Dieu Le, left, and founder and publisher Yen Do, right, in a 1987 photo at the paper’s original offices, in the Do family garage in Santa Ana, California.

Courtesy of Nguoi Viet Daily News

The oldest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the US is based in Little Saigon in Orange County, California, about an hour south of Los Angeles. It was founded by and for refugees, escaping Vietnam after the fall of Saigon 40 years ago.

When you walk into the offices of Nguoi Viet Daily News, the first thing you see is a mural honoring the US Constitution. It's meant as a reminder of the First Amendment. It's a nice touch, and makes the place feel like a small paper in any community in America.

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5:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Journalist discusses witnessing the murder that shocked South Africa

Peace marches have been held to protest against anti-foreigner marches in South Africa. 

REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Beauregard Tromp, a reporter with South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper, was interviewing people on the streets of Johannesburg when he saw the first blow land on Mozambiquan migrant Emmanuel Sithole.

"I saw one man standing over another with a monkey wrench — he was beating him," Beauregard recalls. "Emmanual was holding up his hands in a defensive position. But you know a wrench is a big thing. So this guy just went to work on him."

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5:23 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Toronto's Zoo plans to turn its animal waste into electricity

Toronto Zoo resident Vishnu eats his breakfast. The zoo is hoping what happens next will be a big boost for them.

Andrea Crossan

On a sunny morning in Toronto, an Indian rhino named Vishnu is using his horn to smash a barrel and get to the hay inside.

It's breakfast time at the Toronto Zoo, and the smell in this indoor pen is — well, ripe. One 8-year-old zoo visitor describes the odor: "I think it smells like whatever it's eating and whatever comes out the other end," he says.

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4:11 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

For Nepalese abroad, 'you feel so helpless being so far away'

New York City's Nepalese immigrant community gathered on Sunday at a plaza in Queens to pray and gather donations for victims of this weekend's earthquake in Nepal.

Bruce Wallace

A day after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, hundreds of people gathered at Diversity Plaza in Queens, New York. It was Sunday evening and, as the vigil got underway, a woman led the crowd in singing Nepal’s national anthem. "Woven from hundreds of flowers, we are one garland that's Nepali," the anthem begins. "Spread sovereign from Mechi to Mahakali."

The garland also stretches to Queens, which thousands of Nepalese now call home. They’re now grieving together over the earthquake’s destruction, and sharing their anxieties about what they still don't know.

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2:33 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

What to Consider When You Are Considering Donating

As part of The World’s investigative project Tracking Charity, we recently held an online chat with experts in the realm of giving. Our question: How do you know a good charity when you see it?

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2:26 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Mozambique's life-saving surgeons aren't doctors at all

Nilza Munambo listens to a fetal heartbeat. She's in charge of the maternity ward at Chokwe District Hospital and regularly performs cesarean sections even though she's not a doctor.

Bridget Huber

In the maternity ward at the hospital in Chokwe, Mozambique, Nilza Munambo is the woman in charge.

As she bustles through her morning rounds, she checks in on a woman who's recuperating from a Cesarean section that Munambo performed a few days ago. The mother’s doing all right, but the baby is almost too weak to cry — and he’s not nursing.

"He latched on once," Munambo says. "He sucked one or two times and then stopped. Now he can't even do that."

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1:39 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

'My fear is always alive in my mind' — the aftermath of the earthquake in one Nepali village

Residents of the village of Khokana, near Kathmandu, are living in tents after many of their homes collapsed in the earthquake of April 25, 2015.

Donatella Lorch

For almost two years, running has been my favorite way of exploring Kathmandu. I live in the southern suburbs of the city, which push up against the fast-disappearing terraced farmlands that produce seasonal cascades of colors that move from tawny wheat to brilliant mustard yellow and the emerald green of rice shoots. This is where I began to understand the infinite complexities of life in Nepal, and where I could step back from the chaotic urbanization of the city and see into the country's past.

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10:50 am
Mon April 27, 2015

These voices from the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh are heart-wrenching

Two years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, these survivors and rescuers are still struggling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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7:34 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Home of 'Best' Smoked Meat Sandwich

For the Geo Quiz, we are looking for a Canadian city that is home to some of the world's best smoked-meat sandwiches.

In fact, smoked meat may be to this city what deep dish pizza or the cheese steak is to Philadelphia.

Locals in this city, which we want you to name, consider their beef brisket served up on rye bread with a schmear of mustard, just about perfect.

And the best place to sample this fare is at Schwartz's, the oldest deli in Canada, on Saint-Laurent Blvd.

Montreal is the answer to the Geo Quiz.

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5:35 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Here's where to go if you want to fart in someone’s general direction

The main entrance to Castle Doune

Otter/CC BY-SA 3.0 

“Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!”

Plenty of people know that outrageously French-accented insult from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," which has just turned 40 years old. But where do you go if you want to see where it was delivered — or drop a couple of memorable lines of your own?

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5:24 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Destroying smugglers' boats won't fix the Mediterranean refugee crisis, this man says

EU leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit. More than 1,300 migrants have died in April 2015.

Darrin Zammit Lupi/MOAS

With thousands of migrants risking their lives every week to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Europe, European leaders are urgently looking for new ways to respond to the crisis. One idea they're considering is targeting smugglers directly, by capturing or destroying their boats.

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5:16 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

One man in Turkey struggles with his long-hidden Armenian identity

Armen Demircian says he's found a home at this recently restored Armenian Church in Diyarbakir, Turkey — though he's not a Christian.

Bradley Secker

As Armenians around the world commemorate the 100th anniversary of what's widely considered a genocide — though not in Turkey — some in Turkey are exploring their hidden Armenian roots. That includes Armen Demircian, a 54-year-old retired Turkish civil servant, who lives in the city of Diyarbakir.

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3:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Two years after it collapsed, Rana Plaza is still haunted by the smell of death

Rafiqul Islam is president of a labor federation based next to the site of the Rana Plaza collapse. In the foreground is a field filled with rubble from the building, and beyond that is the site of the collapse.

Bruce Wallace

Two years have gone by since the eight-story Rana Factory complex collapsed in the suburbs of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. But at the site of the disaster, little has changed.

You can still find clothing labels with familiar names like JC Penney and Joe Fresh in the rubble. Nothing new has been built here, and the site has not been fully cleared. For survivors it’s a painful reminder — and metaphor — of lives still in disarray, despite Western efforts to compensate the more than 2,400 people injured in the catastrophe as well as the families of the 1,134 who died.

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5:49 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Family and friends of Warren Weinstein demand change from the US government as they mourn

American humanitarian aid worker Warren Weinstein, kidnapped by Al Qaeda more than three and a half years ago in Pakistan, has died during a U.S. counterterrorism operation.

#Bring Warren Home

The reporter who broke the story of the two hostages slain in a botched US counterterrorism operation wonders if President Barack Obama's public apology will lead to change.

The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous reported the strike in January on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border came only after hundreds of hours of surveillance. Intelligence sources told Entous there was no sign of hostages at the location. Obama repeated that assertion in a news conference confirming the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, who had been held by Al Qaeda.

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