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Lynching of boy underlines how the curse of caste still blights India

In another time, another place, Sai Ram might have escaped serious harm. But he died in great pain last week, a casualty of a bitter, barely reported conflict that still claims many lives every year.<p>Ram, 15, was a goatherd in a village in the poor eastern Indian state of Bihar. He was a Dalit, from …

U.N. Ebola Chief: World 'Was Not Prepared' for This Outbreak

News<p>The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response said Sunday that the global community could not anticipate the spread of the disease. In an interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Anthony Banbury told Chuck Todd that the circumstances surrounding the outbreak were unprecedented.<p>…

Disease

Tennessee Holds Parents Accountable For Children Born Addicted

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Tennessee obstetrician Jessica Young about a recent law that allows police to arrest mothers who give birth to a child testing positive for drugs.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH: Treating drug addicts is a complicated business. The aims of doctors and law enforcement can clash when a …

Hope Fades for Girls' Release After Boko Haram 'Truce' Breached

World<p>LAGOS — A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents.<p>Nigeria's armed forces chief Air …

Africa

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.<p>Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from …

Colorado proposes edible pot ban, then retreats

DENVER (AP) — Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from …