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This Coat For Refugees Doubles As A Sleeping Bag And Tent

"Good design isn't about technologies and devices -- it has a social heart and a role to play in meeting the needs of people facing impossible challenges."<p>On Syrian refugees' grueling 1,000-mile journeys to Europe, they're forced leave behind the majority of their belongings -- even necessities …

"Explosive" risk of baby-crippling Zika virus spreading says WHO

The World Health Organisation is sounding the alarm, belatedly say its critics, about what it says is an “explosive” threat of the incurable Zika virus spreading.<p>No vaccine is on the immediate horizon; trials for two promising drugs may begin in early 2017. Until then it is free to wreck infant …

A North Korean defector tells us how she escaped and survived

North Korean defector and author of "The Girl With Seven Names" Hyeonseo Lee explains how she escaped the country and survived.<p><i>Produced by Jenner Deal . Camera by Will Wei .</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Facebook

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Sperm whales wash up on English beach

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three sperm whales washed up on a beach in eastern England over the weekend, just a week after a dozen animals of the same species washed ashore on German and Dutch beaches.<p>The mammals, about 15 meters (48 feet) long, are believed to be part of the same pod as a young whale that died on …

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Singapore is renovating an abandoned railway to include rock-climbing caves and urban farms

Nikken Sekkai<p>In Singapore, there's an abandoned railway with grass spurting from the tracks, where hikers can walk the 15 miles from downtown all the …

By 2030, South China Sea will be ‘virtually a Chinese lake,’ study warns

By Simon Denyer<p>, Bureau chief<p>China will have so many aircraft carriers by 2030 that the South China Sea will be “virtually a Chinese lake,” a new U.S. study warns, arguing that the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region was shifting away from the United States.<p>Meanwhile, President Obama’s …