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6:30am

Sat July 5, 2014
World

Have The Islamist Militants Overreached In Iraq And Syria?

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 8:48 am

People walk through the market area in Erbil, Iraq. Tens of thousands of displaced Iraqis and Syrians have converged on the ancient city after fleeing fighting in their hometowns.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The Islamist radicals who have declared an Islamic caliphate on land they control straddling Iraq and Syria are waging an audacious publicity stunt, according to some analysts.

While it may bring them even greater attention, it's also likely to be an overreach that will open rifts with its current partners, the Sunni Muslims in Iraq who welcomed the militant group in early June. They all share the goal of overthrowing Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his sectarian rule, but the more secular parts of the Sunni coalition didn't sign up for an Islamic state.

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5:57am

Wed June 25, 2014
World

How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:28 am

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria march in Raqaa, Syria, in a picture posted on Jan. 14. The group is believed to hold as much as $2 billion.
AP

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is flush with cash, and holds as much as $2 billion. Counterterrorism officials say the group knows how to use that money to its advantage. It's showing a kind of professional acumen and discipline that sets it apart from other terrorist organizations. But what kinds of attacks can its money buy?

Back in 2006, when Germany was hosting the World Cup soccer tournament, a terrorist attack was narrowly averted. With bombs hidden in their suitcases, two men in their 20s boarded commuter trains in the city of Cologne.

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5:57am

Wed June 25, 2014
A Changing Cuba

Cuba's Mariel Port: Once An Escape, Now A Window To The Future

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 8:20 am

A fisherman walks the streets of Mariel, on Cuba's northwest coast. In the distance, construction is underway on the Port of Mariel, where the government is creating a special free-trade zone.
David Gilkey NPR

When you arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, you're greeted with a barrage of billboards with the popular Cuban government slogan promoting tourism: "Cuba, where the past and the present converge."

Perhaps nowhere on the island is that statement more true than in the city of Mariel, about 30 miles from Havana on the northwestern coast.

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10:31am

Sun June 22, 2014
Refugees

Colorado Welcomes More Refugees As Numbers Swell Worldwide

Colorado is taking in more refugees as national numbers soar.
Credit United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees

With global conflicts on the rise, refugee numbers have catapulted to more than 50 million worldwide, making the number of displaced people from conflicts the highest seen since World War II. Colorado has a larger share of refugees than most states, with the majority coming from Bhutan and Myanmar.

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5:09am

Wed June 18, 2014
World

Move Over, Kate Middleton, For Spain's 'Middle-Class Queen'

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:07 pm

Princess Letizia of Spain, who is soon to become the queen, attends an arts ceremony in Madrid in December. The Spanish monarchy's approval rating is at an all-time low, but she is considered popular and often appears on the cover of fashion magazines.
Carlos Alvarez Getty Images

Europe's newest queen-to-be is a former CNN anchor and a divorcée who will be the first commoner ever to grace the Spanish throne.

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