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In most countries, people can make a telephone call to ask for medical or police help using just three numbers. In the European Union, the number is 1-1-2. Some Asian countries use 9-9-9. In North America, the number is 9-1-1. More


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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) has called the Islamic State an "imminent threat."

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called the group, an “imminent threat.” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham warned that the militants are willing and able to “hit the homeland.” | In The News More


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A recent report from international development groups says African foreign trade is growth and trade among African nations totaled $81 billion last year.
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Video Continued Growth Expected for African Economies

A recent report from international development groups says African foreign trade is growth and trade among African nations totaled $81 billion last year.
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Students at Brooklyn’s Intermediate School have won 32 titles championships.
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Video Tense? Consider Mindfulness Meditation

More and more people in the U.S. feel tensions from work, family and technology. To ease these feelings many are joining the Mindfulness Meditation Movement. Check it out for yourself.
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Video Farmers Learn Skills Online

Researchers created a virtual online world where farmers discuss important issue in farming.
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Video Scientists Base a Hearing Aid Design on the Ears of a Fly

Scientists at the University of Texas are developing technology based on structures in the tiny ears of an unusual fly.

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