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Opinion: Deadly quake was not unexpected

In a tragic echo of the catastrophic events in Haiti in 2010, a powerful earthquake struck one of the poorest nations on Earth today. The latest estimates from seismologists put the magnitude at 7.9, which would actually makes it about 40% larger than the 7.8 currently being reported. That's less …

Earthquakes

Opinion: Time not on our side after quake

I've visited Nepal at least half a dozen times over the last decade, and of the more than 100 countries that Save the Children serves, it is undoubtedly one of my favorites. There are the usual things that are said about it -- the stunning landscape, which includes Mount Everest, and the amazing …

Quake

Opinion: Will Europe make migrant crisis worse?

"Tragic developments" was the apt description by the European Commission of what may prove to be the largest maritime disaster the Mediterranean has seen. But while European officials have been quick with sympathetic words following the capsizing on Saturday of a ship that may have claimed some 800 …

Europe

Special forces: What U.S. gets wrong (Opinion)

The United States is failing its partners. If you want to understand one of the reasons that terrorism has been allowed to spread, it is that the majority of our partners do not have credible and capable special operations forces to respond to and defeat the current threat -- and we're not doing …

Special Forces

Opinion: Stand up for the national interest

Withstanding intense pressure from anti-trade "progressives'' -- an oxymoron if ever there was one -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, has struck a deal with Congressional Republicans to move a bipartisan trade promotion authority bill.

Wyden's display of grit is good news for the cooling U.S. economy, …

Ron Wyden

Why Congress should rethink syringe issue (Opinion) - CNN.com

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An estimated 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV each year, CDC says
• Kevin Robert Frost: Syringe exchange programs save millions in HIV treatment costs

Kevin Robert Frost is chief executive officer at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. The views expressed are his …

Government

Does more money make you happier at work?

It's not every day that a CEO voluntarily slashes his salary by 90% after reading an academic article.

Yet in the case of Dan Price, founder of Gravity Payments, that's exactly how it happened. After reading a study showing that for workers earning under $75,000 there's a strong connection between …

Job Satisfaction

Who gave this reserve cop a gun? (Opinion)

Robert Bates, 73, shot and killed a man while playing cops and robbers with real police.

Bates was a reserve deputy sheriff, which allowed him to "work full time jobs in the community and volunteer ... time in a myriad of events such as the Special Olympics and Tulsa State Fair," according to the …

Policing

Gupta: Time for medical marijuana revolution

I see signs of a revolution everywhere.

I see it in the op-ed pages of the newspapers, and on the state ballots in nearly half the country. I see it in politicians who once preferred to play it safe with this explosive issue but are now willing to stake their political futures on it. I see the …

Marijuana

Opinion: Could your plane be hacked?

Imagine this: A terrorist hacks into a commercial airplane from the ground, takes over the controls from the pilots and flies the plane into the ground. It sounds like the plot of some "Die Hard" reboot, but it's actually one of the possible scenarios outlined in a new Government Accountability …

Security

Opinion: Risky reliance on Russia space tech

The United States has gained much from its position as a space-faring nation. Indeed, U.S. access to space has provided incredible benefit to U.S. national security, defense and the economic well-being of the nation. And in order to effectively confront current and future conflicts, combat …

Russia

Opinion: How did gyrocopter land at Capitol?

Just before writing this column, I reached into the depths of my wallet, and in between the pilot licenses, I slid out a postage stamp-size certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The certificate documents my successful completion of the DC Special Flight Rules Area, or SFRA, …

Aeronautics

The big gay wedding cake quiz

1. A restaurant in Nevada has a sign on its window, "No shirt, no shoes, no service." A person in a wheelchair comes into the restaurant with no shirt. The restaurant refuses him service.

LEGAL
• ILLEGAL

LEGAL! A restaurant can refuse service based on a dress code, as long as it applies the same …

Gender Equality

Borger: Can Hillary Clinton escape her fame?

It is not hard to imagine the conversations inside the Hillary Clinton camp prelaunch: How do we take the best known woman in the world and make her seem like less of a big shot?

How can the people in Iowa and New Hampshire get to know the "real Hillary," the Midwestern Methodist? (As a friend told …

New Hampshire

Opinion: The shame of Aaron Hernandez

We want our killers to be kind. To walk into court and show remorse, tell us that they are really nice people who only did it because they feared for their lives, or they were temporarily insane. Even though those things may not be true, too often they are accepted as legitimate excuses for …

Aaron Hernandez

Perry: RFK Jr.'s strange remarks on autism

Recently, Robert Kennedy Jr. was in Sacramento, California, to campaign against Senate Bill 227, which makes it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations. In his remarks at an anti-vaccination movie screening, he decided to compare "vaccine-induced" autism to the Holocaust. He said, "They get …

Autism

Ghitis: What jihadis plan for women

There is a special kind of hell reserved for the women who fall into the clutches of today's Jihadi fighters.

We are all familiar with the brutality of ISIS, the self-anointed Islamic State, or Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorists who have pledged allegiance to ISIS.

This new wave of violent Islamist …

Women's News

Opinion: Why we're obsessed with happiness

As humans, we're consumed by questions of happiness. We have been at least since we started writing literature, about 5,000 years ago.

As individuals, we typically start to think about happiness as adolescents, when we come to self-consciousness.

Happiness enters our consciousness anxiously. It …

Happiness

Lombard: Are travel selfies narcissistic?

With spring breaks concluding or starting -- depending on where you live in the world -- everyone seems to be taking travel photos. No longer are these photos shared days or weeks after a trip, but instead, they are often shared from the very tourist site they're taken from.

Instead of living in the …

North America Travel

Opinion: Who enables spring break rapes?

The viral video of an alleged gang rape in Panama City Beach, Florida, during spring break has everyone talking about the apparent crassness of onlookers who stood by as the alleged incident unfolded.

Predictably -- and appropriately -- there is a lot of hand-wringing about both crowd indifference …

Spring Break

Opinion: The sad truth about the Iran deal

The outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran are in place. Unfortunately, it seems like too many in President Barack Obama's administration have forgotten that the only reason this terrorist-supporting state came to the negotiating table in the first place was because of tough sanctions imposed by the …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Opinion: Can Obama get Latin America right?

It's no surprise which image is making the headlines from this week's gathering of leaders from nearly three dozen nations in Panama: A historic handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. But this first meeting of Obama and Castro since they announced plans to start …

Latin America

Pilot: Why I take this personally - CNN.com

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Les Abend: Fliers should know that Germanwings crash is anomaly; airlines have procedures for vetting pilots' fitness
• He says psych evaluations, medical exams, peer-oversight protocols keep such disasters rare

Les Abend is a Boeing 777 captain for a major airline with 30 years of …

Airlines

Pastor: When our town lost 16 students in plane crash - CNN.com

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16 high school students and 5 chaperones from Montoursville, Pa., were aboard TWA Flight 800 in 1996
• Haltern am See, Germany, lost 16 students and 2 teachers in Germanwings Flight 9525
• Jerry Upling: Communities can find healing by reaching out to others, but the journey is a long …

TWA Flight 800

The truth about pilots (Opinion) - CNN.com

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Experts suspect first officer Andreas Lubitz locked pilot out of the cockpit of plane
• Peter Garrison: Pilots don't exist on different moral plane than the rest of us, and the human mind is the blackest of boxes

Peter Garrison is a pilot and writes an accident-analysis column for …

Aeronautics

The real cost of Bowe Bergdahl's odyssey (Opinion) - CNN.com

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Frida Ghitis: Desertion charges against Bowe Bergdahl revive questions: Was swap deal for him correct? What has his odyssey cost?
• She says swap may have sent dangerous message to America's enemies, cost American lives. Still, retrieving U.S. soldier was right call

Frida Ghitis is a …

Bowe Bergdahl

Why Yemen has come undone - CNN.com

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Goldstone: U.S. policy of drone-bombing al Qaeda terrorists ignores need to build social stability
• He says country now in chaos, virtually ungoverned and vulnerable to jihadist elements

Jack A. Goldstone is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Hazel …

Middle East

Mexico must find the 43 Ayotzinapa students (Opinion) - CNN.com

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Six months ago, 43 students from Ayotzinapa College in Mexico disappeared
• Erika Guevara Rosas: It is outrageous that Mexican authorities have not found them

Erika Guevara Rosas is director of the Americas at Amnesty International. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely …

Mexico

Opinion: What I share with Angelina Jolie - CNN.com

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Like Angelina Jolie, Allison Gilbert had two preventive cancer surgeries to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes and later her breasts
• Gilbert:Jolie's disclosure about her surgeries has brought needed attention to this surgical option for carriers of insidious BRCA1 gene

Allison …

Angelina Jolie