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More and more it seems that "don't go far" is the message the U.S. government is sending Americans. The global travel alert issued Aug. 2 is a perfect example of how the State Department uses fear to keep people “safely” at home, and ignorant.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S.-led free trade agreement that would exempt multinational corporations from having to comply with policies governing industry in signatory countries, looks set to be rammed into law without comment or notice from much of the American media.

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New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro, a backdrop for scenes in "The Lord of the Rings" movies, erupted for the first time in 115 years late Monday night, spreading a thick layer of ash for several miles and causing residents to leave their homes and airlines to cancel flights.

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Twenty-seven miners have been declared missing after an explosion in New Zealand's South Island, jogging our collective memory of the Chilean miners who were trapped underneath the ground for 69 days.

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File this one under Dubious Honors of the World: An organization with the fun name of Transparency International has created a list ranking nations according to "perceived levels of corruption in the public sector," as the BBC put it, and Somalia appears to be the worst of the bunch.

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Sir Edmund Hillary is dead at 88 after suffering a fall. Famous for being the first climber, along with Tenzing Norgay, to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain, Hillary was also a champion of the Nepalese Sherpas who helped him get there and over the years he built schools and clinics for them.

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