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Meanwhile... in Copperbelt, Zambia, tending to a baby chimp led to one of the largest chimpanzee reserves in the world

And in Somalia, a young social activist is offering former child soldiers and other war victims a chance to heal through surfing. Meanwhile, they're hiring in Antarctica.

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Why I’m so grateful to Steve

I’m a can-do guy. But this problem was beyond my ability – or desire – to solve.

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Meanwhile... in Nouakchott, Mauritania, a determined group of teenagers is working to improve the country’s capital

In Cyprus, British soldiers have a high-tech ally in their fight against bird trapping: drones. And in Kigali, Rwanda, the country hosted its first robotics boot camp last month.

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Someone to lean on arrives just when you need them

Crises may foster friendships as nurturing as they are brief.

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Meanwhile... in Mongolia, there is excitement about young opera singers

And in San Rafael, Colombia, workers are searching out and defusing land mines in an effort to make good on the government’s promise to demine the country by 2021, while in Ethiopia’s Harenna Forest, about 600 families practice a tradition of beekeeping dating back at least to the 4th century. 

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I am tugged into the past by a string

Mom saved string, although I don’t believe she’d save it if it were less than two feet long.

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Meanwhile... in Yerevan, Armenia, a young woman hopes to help jump-start education

And in Najaf, Iraq, Ahmad Shukor, an engineer and vintage car enthusiast, plans to open a vintage car showroom, while in Giza, Egypt, scientists from the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute and the French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics are hoping that tiny robots will help them solve one of history’s great mysteries.

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What Shiloh taught me about living in the now

If a treat were offered but not immediately given, he let me know. 

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Meanwhile... in Senegal, elementary schools are experimenting with teaching students in the native language of Wolof

And in Isla Montecristo, El Salvador, residents help to collect the eggs of the endangered olive ridley, a black-green sea turtle, and then take them to Gio Díaz, while in Heidelberg, South Africa, a retiree noticed that vegetables were being stolen from his home garden, so he planted a new garden bordering right on the street to make it easier for those in need to pick the food.

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In Finnish, I’ve only begun

Our exchange student’s English was perfect; my ‘suomi,’ not so much.

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Meanwhile... in Iraq, a former US college basketball player has put his troubled career back on track

And in St. John’s, Newfoundland, serious birdwatchers are braving the cold and snow and arriving by the dozens, while in Monrovia, Liberia, African movie star Van Vicker opened the country’s first postwar performing arts school.

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Stealth parenting

I’ve found a surefire way to lure my teen out of his room.

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Meanwhile... in Detroit, a social studies teacher has completed his goal to visit all the countries in the world

And in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a nonprofit group called Urban Light is offering alternatives to get teenage male prostitutes off the street, while in Lahore, Pakistan, members of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan meet for high tea to discuss the works of their favorite author.

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We seek peace in the toothpaste war

I squeeze; my husband rolls. Was there room for compromise?

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Meanwhile... more than 1.5 million South Koreans will have their debts paid off or restructured by National Happiness Fund

And in Ntagacha, Tanzania, young women are being taught to sew in order to give them a path to economic independence, while in Dubrovnik, Croatia, tourists are flooding into the medieval city, hoping to see some of the noteworthy sites where HBO blockbuster “Game of Thrones” was filmed. 

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I’m encouraged to go higher

A lesson I learned at a gym is one I hope my daughter will learn, too.

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Meanwhile... in Morocco, a group is experimenting with a new approach to the problem of abandoned children

And in New Zealand, a few determined broadcasters have refused to stop using Maori words in their reporting, while in Uganda, comfort dogs are being used to help treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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My cupboard runneth over

I was suddenly mugless, until friends pitched in. Then something else unexpected happened.

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Meanwhile... in Gabon, scientists are asking concerned citizens around the world to help save elephants

And in Sweden, some girls are saying no to traditional Santa Lucia pageants, while on St. Helena, an ancient tortoise is looking forward to a new crowd of admirers.

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How Pootie got his way

I didn’t want a Christmas tree, but my husband insisted that someone else truly did.

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