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Forty years after Saigon's fall, America's wars are about containing enemies, not vanquishing them.
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Puerto Varas, Chile—A cascade of lightning rends the night sky after the Calbuco volcano erupts on April 23. The volcano, which had been dormant for nearly 50 years, erupted twice in as many days, sending villagers scrambling for shelter as clouds of volcanic ash rained down. Around 400 soldiers were dispatched to the region to help, but there were no reports of deaths. However, the rainy season threatens to worsen the situation with mudslides and flooding. The head of the National Mining and Geology Service also warned that a third eruption was possible in the coming weeks.
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European business and big oil prepare to pounce when and if sanctions are lifted.
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The CTC-iChip lets doctors perform "liquid biopsies" to home in on the precise genetic nature of a patient's cancer.
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In poacher-plagued Zimbabwe, shooting is said to be a force for good. Our squeamish writer reluctantly joins the hunt.