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Suspected pirates surrender to the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Somalia in 2009. LCDR Tyson Weinert/U.S. Coast Guard

Global sea piracy ticks upward, and the coronavirus may make it worse

In 2019, there were fewer attacks and attempted attacks on ships than there had been in 25 years. The coronavirus may bring economic and political changes that make piracy worse in the coming years.
The Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals, sits empty. AP Photo/Nick Wass

A world without sports

This isn't the first time sports have been put on hold. But in the past, the reprieve was brief, and sports went on to act as a way to bring Americans together. This time's different.
Voting machine operator David Schaefer, right, helps voter Kaitron Gordon with her ballot on Tennessee’s Super Tuesday primary in Nashville after deadly overnight tornadoes delayed the start of voting. AP/Mark Humphrey

Super Tuesday results show how Latino voters, moderate Democrats and Trump supporters are shaping the election

As the race for the Democratic nomination narrows to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, what does it all mean for November? We asked three scholars to closely analyze the Super Tuesday results.
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a cricket stadium, in Ahmedabad, India. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

How India came to love cricket, favored sport of its colonial British rulers

During a recent visit to India, Trump spoke at the world's largest cricket stadium. Cricket came to India in the 18th century through British sailors and is a revered cultural institution in India.
The talamanca hummingbird, or admirable hummingbird, is found in Costa Rica and Panama. Milan Zygmunt/Shutterstock.com

Not all genes are necessary for survival – these species dropped extra genetic baggage

How many genes do you really need? Are there any that we can lose? Researchers are now identifying species that have streamlined their genome to adapt to a particular lifestyle.
A damaged Confederate statue lies on a pallet in a warehouse in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, after protesters yanked it off its pedestal in front of a government building. AP Photo/Allen Breed

A Confederate statue graveyard could help bury the Old South

Where do old Confederate statues go when they die? The former Soviet bloc countries could teach the US something about dealing with monuments from a painful past.
Family members of Sunni men and boys in Iraq accused of supporting ISIS hold up pictures of their arrested relatives. AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo

Iraq’s brutal crackdown on suspected Islamic State supporters could trigger civil war

Iraq beat the Islamic State. Now, its Shia government is jailing and even executing all suspected terrorists – most of them Sunni Muslims. The clampdown may inflame a centuries-old sectarian divide.

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