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The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency says the group has between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters. The estimate comes after President Obama released his plan for defeating the group. | In The News More


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Video China's Alibaba to Sell Stock on the New York Stock Exchange

Alibaba could raise $20 billion or more by selling stock to the public in the U.S. The company holds an 80 percent share of China’s online market.
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Video Foreign Investors Returning to Vienam After Anti-China Protests

Many foreign investors fled Vietnam after protests against China damaged hundreds of factories.
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Video Expert Shares Suggestions for Writing that Scary School Paper

Writing papers can be hard – even a little frightening. So we have asked some writing experts in the United States for advice.
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Video Brain Imaging Helps Decide Treatment for Clinical Depression

Researchers have identified one area of the brain that reacts to talk therapy or medications by “lighting up.”

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Students hold on to a fence while they are detained at the Education Ministry building during its occupation in downtown Santiago, Chile. Around 15 students occupied the building as part of a protest against a financial crisis at their university.

Students hold on to a fence while they are detained at the Education Ministry building during its occupation in downtown Santiago, Chile. Around 15 students occupied the building as part of a protest against a financial crisis at their university.

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American English and British English, at times, use different words to describe the same thing. Are chips the same as crisps?

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