Two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed at least three people and injured dozens more Monday afternoon, about 2:50 p.m. ET. Officials weren't saying what caused the explosions, but police departments across the eastern seaboard were raising their threat levels in response.
Amir Mohammed Estakhri has spent nearly a dozen year working with the State Department as an Iranian-language translator. But, recently, he's learned his services are no longer needed -- and he thinks it may be because he translated for Iranian officials in the U.S. as well.
The Irish language has often been viewed as a weapon by Irish Catholic and an enemy tongue by the country's Protestants. But no longer, if some Irish have their way. They're trying to reclaim the language for both sides, and take the politics out of it.
Myanmar is lurching through its transition from military dictatorship to almost-democracy. As it does, tensions between religious groups are increasing. After two Muslim boys died in a fire at their school, the country is on edge.
Scientists and public health officials are increasingly using digital surveillance tools to monitor diseases and plan how to react to outbreaks. The new technology has shortened by half the amount of time it takes for public health officials to determine that an outbreak has occurred.
Scientists who study insects are fascinated by a little-known species in Australia called "magnetic" termites. They won't stick to your refrigerator, but they do build their homes, mounds, in a particular orientation, seemingly based on the Earth's magnetic field.
Spain's economic recovery has been slow -- if at all. And as the economic malaise persists, families are making choices about what they spend. So, when the $400 bill comes to keep a horse another month, many families are saying no more and abandoning them. Within months, the horses are dead, if not rescued.
In most of South Korea, people are taking the North's sabre-rattling with a big grain of salt. But on islands along the border, especially on Baengnyeong Island, people are a bit more tense. And all of the strong words are hurting the islands' economy, as well.
Filipinos make us the second largest group of immigrants to the United States. Many came after serving in the U.S. military during World War II. But because there are so many, getting visas to bring adult family members to the United States can be nearly impossible -- with the wait for most stretching a dozen years or more.
North Korea's sabre-rattling toward the United States is mostly hot air for those of us living in the mainland United States. But a tiny U.S. outpost west of Hawaii, Guam, is within range of North Korea's missiles. But they're still not worried.

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