Strongman Down

Turkish politicians have been appealing to voters in the Mediterranean city of Mersin in the run-up to the country’s presidential elections on May 14. Mersin is the capital of a swing province whose residents could decide the seemingly tight race between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who...

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A Spreading Contagion

At least 25 people died this week during days of tribal clashes in southern Sudan, prompting fears that the ongoing fighting between the country’s rival generals will lead to violence spreading to other provinces, the Associated Press reported. Health officials and local media said clashes began...

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Mamma Mia!

The Italian government called a crisis meeting Thursday to address the spiking price of pasta in the country, where the staple is held as an integral part of the culture, the Washington Post reported. Adolfo Urso, Italy’s business enterprise minister, convened a meeting of a new...

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Promises, Promises

Clashes between police and anti-government protesters this week killed at least seven people in Guinea, as demonstrations broke out again against the military junta that seized power nearly two years ago, Reuters reported. Protests took place in the capital Conakry and other cities across the West...

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Ukraine, Briefly

This week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy admitted that Ukraine’s military needs more time to prepare for a counteroffensive against Russian occupying forces, the Associated Press noted. Zelenskyy emphasized that launching an assault now would result in too many lives being lost. Ukraine has been preparing...

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Special Traits

Balto was a heroic dog, immortalized in a 1995 film with his name for delivering a lifesaving anti-toxin to a remote Alaskan town that was struck by diphtheria in 1925. Now, this iconic Siberian husky’s DNA is offering new insight into how genetic diversity affects the...

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