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Is globalization the real culprit behind Brits' anti-Polish hate crimes?

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So here Britain sits, having voted itself out of the European Union. Its two most powerful political parties are imploding. A currency plummeting. And its cool-headed exports, celebrity chefs, are losing their mind with all-caps instagram posts.

What could possibly help? Is there a model the UK should follow?

Jean Guerrero

Amira Matti, 11, remembers the day her little brother was almost kidnapped near their home in Guatemala City. “My little brother comes running to us and he says, ‘Someone tried to get me,’” she said. “It looked like he’d seen a ghost.” A passing driver had rescued him from the kidnappers.

So Amira's family decided it was time to get out of Guatemala, with its rising gang violence, and head for the United States. On the way, Mexican officials stopped the family and put them in a detention center for more than five months. Amira said it was a nightmare.

The challenges of burying a mass murderer

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Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, has been buried in an unmarked grave in northwest Miami.

And those who have loved ones buried in the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida are not happy about it.

Andrew Wade, whose wife is buried there, told local media that he “really [doesn’t] want him here.” Others have voiced similar feelings.

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How do you prosecute a thought? It's something law enforcement authorities are struggling with right now. When does a violent thought become a crime?

No evidence means no arrest even if future terrorists are on authorities radar

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No evidence means no arrest, even if future terrorists are on authorities radar

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The word "chaos" gets thrown around a lot in political journalism, but it seems to be the right one to describe British politics in the wake of last week's vote in favor of the country leaving the European Union — the so-called "Brexit."

“I was about to say British politics have been re-made,” says BBC political correspondent Rob Watson. “But I don’t think that’s right. It’s just broken. It’s just completely broken.”

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James Cleverly is a happy man. He was one of the biggest campaigners to get Britain out of the European Union.

But even the Conservative parliamentarians was a bit uneasy when his side won.

“Deep down all of us — all humans — are a bit nervous about change. The British particularly so, and we have embarked on a really exciting, but very significant change.”

From China to high school in small-town America

Jun 25, 2016

Starting high school can be tough. There are new classes, new people. Now imagine starting high school in a new country.

That's the case for many students coming from other parts of the world to the United States, including China. And some of these students are heading to newer places — not to New York City or Los Angeles — rather to private schools like Cape Cod Academy in Osterville, Massachusetts.

“They’ve shot dead Amjad Sabri” — the first words I heard on Wednesday morning marked news of yet another assassination in my beloved Karachi, still “home” despite living in the Boston area since 2011.

Sabri was one of the world’s most famous exponents of the devotional music known as Qawwali. On Wednesday, two gunmen intercepted his car and shot him dead at close range in the crowded locality near his house.

The vote that set cartoonists off

Jun 24, 2016
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British satirists are reacting to the Brexit vote with mostly dismay, doomsday scenarios — and a new head of hair ("leave" campaigner Boris Johnson's). But we wondered what cartoonists outside of Britain were drawing. A number of themes have emerged. 

1. David Cameron, you are so outta here!

2. We're an island, we've always been an island, and darn it, we'll be just fine on our own, thank you very much!

3. Did I hear that right? You're actually leaving? What?

4. The idea that Brexit spells peril for the fate of the European Union. 

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Think of the European Union as a club, a club with economic benefits.

“A single market is something we don’t even think about in the United States. But a single market allows us not to have to pay extra tariffs or customs duties,” explains Michelle Egan, a fellow with the Global Europe program at the Wilson Center in Washington.

“It means that we can trade across borders, trade across markets and have ease of currency transactions. So it allows us also as consumers to have more choice.”