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This Florida bill could restrict guns from dangerous owners

Florida is one of more than a dozen states considering a law that would allow authorities to seize guns before potentially violent people carry out attacks. 

From PBS NewsHour on February 18, 2018


Hearing chainsaw motors revving in the woods behind her southern Pennsylvania home, Elise Gerhart climbed a white pine 40-feet high. Cutting that tree would have brought her down with it. 

From PBS NewsHour on July 07, 2017


Near the small town of Marfa, Texas, a consortium led by Energy Transfer Partners is building the 148-mile Trans-Pecos Pipeline, which will cross under the Rio Grande to bring fracked natural gas to markets in Mexico. A group inspired by the Standing Rock movement is planning a new fight against the company building that pipeline.

From PBS NewsHour on January 18, 2017

China’s ivory ban opens questions about its massive legal stockpiles

On the surface, complete ban of ivory sales seems to fulfill a 2015 pledge made with the U.S. to end the ivory trade. But so far, Beijing hasn't released details on what will happen with the nation's massive legal and illegal stockpiles. 

From PBS NewsHour on January 07, 2017

What are PFASs, the toxic chemicals being found in drinking water?

More than 16 million Americans drink water contaminated with toxic chemicals that can be traced to military and industrial sites, according to new research from Harvard University.

From PBS NewsHour on August 12, 2016

It could take centuries for EPA to test all the unregulated chemicals under a new landmark bill

The first major overhaul in 40 years to toxic chemical rules doesn’t mean regulation will be swift.

From PBS NewsHour on June 22, 2016

Here's What You Can Buy to Celebrate New Year in Vietnam: Bear Paw, Pangolin, and Snake Wine

As the Tet holiday gets underway, the country's wealthy and growing middle class are consuming products made from endangered species, despite a ban and stricter law enforcement. 

From Vice News on February 08, 2016

Electric Fishing puts a rare dolphin-human partnership at risk

Illegal fishing practices are threatening traditional cooperation between humans and river dolphins in Burma.

From Smithsonian Magazine on September 22, 2015 

climate change blamed for severe drought hitting vietnam's coffee crops

Exports drop 40% as world's second-biggest coffee exporter suffers rising temperatures and drought, combined with effects of deforestation, land degradation and depleted water resources caused by decades of growth.

From The Guardian on May 22, 2015

Meet the mekong delta farmers who are on the front lines of sea level rise

Prolonged dry seasons and sea level rise, brought about by climate change, are pushing saltwater deeper inland, threatening food security and livelihoods for millions in the Mekong Delta.

From VICE News on May 13, 2015 

Getting Aid to Nepal's desperate quake victims

In villages where the government has yet to provide supplies, a group of friends has stepped up to fill the void.

From Al Jazeera English on May 05, 2015

'I thought it was a dream': Nepal quake survivor recalls moment disaster struck

Pemba Tamang, 15, survived 120 hours under rubble relatively unscathed. But as rescuers reach more survivors, space for new hospital patients could become scarce as damaged infrastructure renders operating theaters unsafe. 

From The Guardian on May 01, 2015


Workers at a multimillion-dollar government contractor’s plant have leaked two audio recordings of what they say are their manager’s attempts to dissuade them from forming a union. 

From Al Jazeera America on October 31, 2013


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French minister wants to end 35-hour workweek

Potential change to French labour law triggers controversy.

From Al Jazeera English on August 29, 2014

British far-right group 'invades' UK mosque, demands it remove 'sexist' signs

Members of Britain First entered a mosque in south London and demanded the removal of signs designating separate entrances for women and men.

From Al Jazeera English on July 16, 2014

Teen rape survivor fights back against memefication of her assault

After photos of the alleged rape of an American teen were passed around the internet, she and her supporters reclaimed the hashtag initially used to mock her.

From Al Jazeera English on July 15, 2014

Up to 20 journalists reportedly fired from Ethiopian broadcaster

Ethiopian state broadcaster's alleged dismissal of reporters prompts questions over press freedom.

From Al Jazeera English on July 03, 2014

Striking video links domestic violence spike with World Cup losses

Charity highlights reported 38 per cent rise in domestic abuse in England when national team loses football matches.

From Al Jazeera English on June 25, 2014

Twitter users search for #NewRedskinsName

Shortly after the Washington Redskins lost their team name patent, Twitter surged with preposterous new name suggestions.

From Al Jazeera English on June 19, 2014

Activists fight Twitter censorship in Pakistan with #TwitterTheocracy

Secularists launched an online protest against Twitter for blocking "blasphemous" content in Pakistan.

From Al Jazeera English on June 11, 2014

Fatal shooting video spurs protests in California

In the city of Salinas, residents speak out against third police-involved shooting death this year.

From Al Jazeera English on May 21, 2014 

Netizens say #StopXenophobia in Kenya

Bus bombings trigger debate on profiling of Somalis in the country.

From Al Jazeera English on May 06, 2014

Black student gets into every Ivy League school, Reddit gets racist

Student's admittance into elite US universities sparks online conversation about race and affirmative action.

From Al Jazeera English on April 03, 2014