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Could Pentecost Stage a Comeback?

Pentecost — a holiday once celebrated on a scale rivaling Christmas or Easter — has faded into obscurity outside of Europe. Could it stage a comeback?

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The Tricky Politics of the South Caucasus Come to Eurovision

Glitter, glam, and ethnic nationalism: The tricky politics of the South Caucasus come to Eurovision.

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The best stories from around the world.

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The Forgotten Kingdom

Forty years ago, Sikkim was officially annexed by India. Since then, the former monarchy has struggled to hold onto its traditional character.

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When Prayer Turns to Violent Penance

From Malaysia to Cuba, how religious minorities use rituals — from simple prayer to violent penance — to create a sense of community.

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Mission Unstoppable

From drone strikes to prison torture, the CIA has been pulling the strings of U.S. foreign policy since 9/11. And if history is a guide, the agency will be calling the shots in the Middle East for years to come.

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Illusions of Grandeur

John Anari is a West Papuan independence activist. Tom Bleming is a retired American gunrunner. Together they want to win the South Pacific's next great freedom struggle.

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Could Facial Recognition Software Be the Next Frontier in Russian Snooping?

Could Face Recognition Software Be the Next Frontier in Russian Snooping?

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