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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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Meanwhile... In Rwanda, the Mahama refugee camp looks more like a city than camp

And in American Samoa, the members of firefighting Squad 61 have developed a motivational tool rarely if ever seen among other firefighters: They sing.

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Ill-defined boundaries that are set in stone

For this New Englander, permission to build a deck means scouring a thicket for obscure markers.

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Meanwhile... On Christmas Island, millions of red crabs are making their annual migration to the Pacific Ocean

And in Veracruz, Mexico, they are rocking the danzón, while in Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla, Iceland, farmer Ólafur Ólafsson uses a drone to herd his sheep.

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Tale of an overachieving toaster

Its zeal was sudden and short-lived. But it changed me.

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Meanwhile... In Iowa, three young Tanzanian visitors seem to have touched the hearts of residents

And in Morocco, 110 synagogues have been restored, while in Bolivia, Thailand, and Tunisia, women outnumber men as research scientists.

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My life of lists

I’m in good company as I cross off groceries, errands, books ...

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Meanwhile... the first international cricket match in eight years took place in Pakistan

And in Kenya, the country’s new ban on plastic bags is an economic opportunity for women, while in Peru, American trekker Nick Stanziano is urging people to walk the historical Great Inca Trail. 

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A broken circle, and an unbroken one

I had a flat and few Spanish words. Would they help me?

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Meanwhile... in La Paz, Bolivia, zebras dance among the cars

And in Singapore, an airline is working to bring new cachet to its in-flight meals, while in Iraq, high-profile Syrian soccer players like Nadim Sabagh and Hussein Jawid are now playing on Iraqi teams.

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We should really check the gutters

The seasonal rain has begun. This year, we intend to be proactive.

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Meanwhile... in Suriname, the all-volunteer Green Heritage Fund Suriname is devoting itself to the rescue of three-toed sloths

And in Gemert, Netherlands, what is believed to be the first concrete bridge in the world to be made by a 3-D printer was opened to the public, while in Guinea-Bissau, farmers are rejoicing over the soaring worldwide appetite for their No. 1 crop: cashews.

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Charities begin at my mailbox, it appears

When I got a request to help horse breeders, though, I thought that was a little much. 

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Meanwhile... political and economic gains of Minneapolis's Somali immigrant community have turned city into a global model

And in Tampere, Finland, McDonald’s is testing its first vegan menu item, while members of Sierra Leone's National Scrabble Association team are seeking government or corporate assistance to be able to attend the World English Scrabble Players Association Championship in Kenya.

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To my amazement, I’m with the band

As the wife of a rock drummer, I lead a fantasy life at night. 

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Meanwhile... in Bhutan, the government is opening the door wider to foreign tourism

And in the Congo, Belgian biologist Koen Hufkens is 'already a long way toward predicting the Congo forest’s future' thanks to a treasure trove of notebooks, while a fairy-tale rescue story could raise awareness of the plight of abandoned dogs on Mauritius.

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Meanwhile... in Guam, the US Navy is trying to grow coral in a nursery

And in Ethiopia, designer Yamerote 'Yami' Mengistu is making and selling fashion merchandise in her native Ethiopia, attempting to provide gainful employment for Ethiopian women, while Irish golfer Adam Rolston has completed the longest golf hole in history.

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As punishment, it laid an egg

I set out to teach my daughter a lesson, but in the end, the lesson was mine.

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Meanwhile... book-loving Somalis defy the threats of terrorists

And in Slovakia, one of the world’s more unusual museums opened last month: Štefan Polgári opened the Múzeum Mobilov – or Museum of Vintage Cellphones – in his home. 

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