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South Sudan: thousands flee city as government troops launch offensive

Thousands of people fled from a city in South Sudan on Thursday as government forces launched an offensive against rebels, wreaking fresh havoc in the world's newest country.<p>Bentiu, capital of oil-rich Unity state, was said to be a ghost town as soldiers loyal to the president, Salva Kiir, tried to …

How the Government Shutdown Affects Eaters, Growers, and Farmers

As the government shutdown enters its second week, many nutrition and agriculture programs are feeling its impact. Here are a few ways that the food world is affected by furloughs and restricted funding.<p>Nutrition Programs<p>The Supplemental Nutrition Program, or food stamps program, will continue …

What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

<i>Image © Shutterstock</i><p>After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and …

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Thai Anti-Government Protesters Claim 'Partial Victory'

Anti-government protesters in Thailand are claiming a symbolic victory Tuesday after police allowed them to swarm into the prime minister's compound and shout slogans.<p>The protests began Nov. 24 but turned violent two days ago when police clashed with demonstrators opposed to the government of Prime …

Thailand's great political divide

Thailand's political crisis has reached breaking point. It began with protests last month against a proposed blanket amnesty that would have exonerated former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was forced out by a military coup in 2006 and later found guilty of corruption. The government, led …

Thailand's Anti-Government Protests Turned Deadly This Weekend

After months of relatively peaceful demonstrations and a week of massive anti-government rallies, protests in Bangkok have turned violent.<p>After months of relatively peaceful demonstrations and a week of massive anti-government rallies, protests in Bangkok have turned violent. Though nobody in …

Colorado votes to tax legal marijuana

After becoming one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana last year, Colorado set another new standard on Tuesday when voters approved a pot sales tax.<p>Recreational cannabis sales will have a 25 percent tax slapped on them starting Jan. 1, when retailers begin selling pot legally, …