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Barb produces elegant fragrances from the world's trouble spots

Barb produces elegant fragrances from the world’s trouble spots

It was at Barb Stegemann’s kitchen table that Trevor Greene decided to enlist in the Canadian Armed Forces. Ms. Stegemann wanted to join Mr. Greene, her best friend, but a mild hearing impairment made it impossible. In 2006, Greene, who had been part of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan, re

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Magalie Dresse is helping Haiti move beyond handouts

Magalie Dresse is helping Haiti move beyond handouts

Former US President Bill Clinton says he’s proud to be her friend. Oprah Winfrey sings her praises. And the American fashion mogul Donna Karan says that her tireless work in uplifting the lives of her fellow Haitians has been extraordinary. Magalie Dresse, born and raised in Haiti,  has nothi

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Solar-Powered Plane  : Dubai to Ahmedabad on Epic Round-the-World Flight

Solar-Powered Plane : Dubai to Ahmedabad on Epic Round-the-World Flight

The world’s only fully solar powered aircraft ‘Solar Impulse-2′, which is in the city after its journey from Muscat, would be showcased to public tomorrow, according to the aircraft’s Twitter account. “PUBLIC DAY: come see #SI2 (Solar Impulse-2) in its #Ahmedabad tent tomorrow at 7:

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee revived a once-grand but dilapidated museum

Sabyasachi Mukherjee revived a once-grand but dilapidated museum

“Change is good,” reads a sign in a century-old museum in Mumbai. Its burgeoning crop of new visitors would seem to agree. Until recently, the once-grand art and history museum, known as the Prince of Wales when it was constructed under British rule, was something of a joke: The 50,000-plus

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Schumann's puppets speak out on big issues

Schumann’s puppets speak out on big issues

Peter Schumann – baker, puppeteer, and founder and director of the Bread and Puppet Theater – began playing with puppets some 75 years ago in Silesia, now part of Poland, when he was just a boy. He was 10 years old in 1944 when the rumbling of Russian tanks accompanied by the crackle and pop

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Climbers Complete Historic Yosemite Climb

Climbers Complete Historic Yosemite Climb

Nineteen days after they set out to achieve one of climbing's most difficult challenges, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the summit of the 3,000-foot rock known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, marking the first free ascent of a notoriously difficult section called the

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Chen Hui-jie runs a political campaign – at age 16

Chen Hui-jie runs a political campaign – at age 16

When 16-year-old Chen Hui-jie was asked to run the election campaign of a candidate for city council, she was sure it was not her thing. Although not shy about trying new opportunities, she told her future boss she was too young to vote and had few contacts in Taiwan’s third largest municipali

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‘the Vicar of Baghdad,’ aids Iraqis of all faiths

‘the Vicar of Baghdad,’ aids Iraqis of all faiths

Outside the brick walls of St. George’s Anglican Church the concrete barriers, soldiers, and police with bomb detectors are a reminder, if anyone needed one, that, in Iraq, violence is never far away. Inside, the Rev. Canon Andrew White has created an oasis of calm and support – and until re

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Chelsea and Rob McFarland lure people into a sweet science: urban beekeeping

Chelsea and Rob McFarland lure people into a sweet science: urban beekeeping

Butterflies and hummingbirds flit in the shafts of light behind Chelsea McFarland as she tells a group of about 20 interested volunteers – residents ages 6 to 66 from around this West Los Angeles suburb – what they can do to combat the dramatic worldwide depletion of the honeybee. “Instead

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Leila helps people in the developing world find work – near home

Leila helps people in the developing world find work – near home

Leila Janah was only 17 years old when she took her first trip to Africa. As a high school senior living in southern California, she volunteered to teach English in Ghana as part of a student-volunteer program. She was sent to the village of Akuapem and quickly settled in with students from the ar

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