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Why are thousands of geese dying in a toxic pit in Montana?

Several thousand snow geese may have died after landing in a former open-pit copper mine in Montana that is now filled with highly acidic water. A Nov. 28 snowstorm forced the migrating geese to take refuge in the Berkeley Pit, a 900-foot-deep pit lake of heavy metals and other dangerous chemicals...

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    War, conflict and persecution have forced about 60 million people worldwide to flee their homes, overwhelming the global humanitarian aid system designed to help them and exposing its shortcomings. Haphazard organization, inefficient spending and a lack of coordination in delivering aid are among...

  • South Sudan at age 5: Here's why it's not a happy birthday

    South Sudan at age 5: Here's why it's not a happy birthday

    South Sudan became independent on July 9, 2011. In December 2013, a power struggle within the government led to internal conflict and widespread civilian displacement. The conflict added to an economic crisis linked to the falling price of oil and a drop in exports by pipeline through its former...

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    Yellow fever outbreak in Africa is 'serious,' but not yet a global emergency

    Outbreaks of yellow fever in central and southwest Africa have not reached the level of a global emergency, but a stronger response by affected nations and the international community is needed to prevent the spread of the deadly disease, the World Health Organization said Thursday. An expert committee...

  • Millions hooked on illicit drugs, as nations debate policy to tackle the problem

    Millions hooked on illicit drugs, as nations debate policy to tackle the problem

    As leaders from around the world gather in New York for what many are calling the most important summit on illegal drugs in two decades, one thing is clear: The world has a serious drug problem.Worldwide, about 246 million people use illicit drugs, and 1 in 10 of these users suffer from disorders...

  • U.N. to consider significant reforms to international drug policy

    U.N. to consider significant reforms to international drug policy

    At what is being billed as the most significant high-level gathering on global drug policy in two decades, the stage will be set for world leaders to discuss what would have once been unthinkable — reversing course in the war on drugs. The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the...

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