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Monday, May 12, 2014

An armed pro-Russian activists stands guard as a woman casts her ballot for the referendum called by pro-Russian rebels to split from the rest of Ukraine, , on May 11, 2014 in Donetsk. (Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty)

Report: Nigerian Officials Ignored Warnings of Kidnappings | NYPD Uses Jails to Recruit Muslim Informants | Pro-Russian Separatists Claim Victory in Ukraine | Vietnam: The Ukraine of the Pacific? | U.S. Cleans Up Agent Orange Sites in Vietnam | Is "Lean In" Faux Feminism? | Learn to 'Think Like a Freak' with Stephen Dubner

Nigerian Officials May Have Ignored Warnings

According to Amnesty International, the Nigerian military had more than four hours of advance warning about the kidnappings of schoolgirls by the terrorist organization Boko Haram, but it failed to act.

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NYPD Uses Jails to Recruit Muslim Informants

According to documents obtained by our partner The New York Times, a team of NYPD detectives have been going through the city's jails looking for Muslim immigrants in order to turn them into informants.

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Pro-Russian Separatists Claim Victory in Ukraine

A vote on self rule in eastern Ukraine is threatening to throw the fragile government in Kiev off balance. What does the referendum mean within a historical context, and what impact will it have on the nation's uncertain future?

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Vietnam: The Ukraine of the Pacific?

Last week, a giant Chinese oil rig suddenly stopped and began exploring waters claimed by Vietnam. Is this conflict a hint of things to come? As China flexes its muscles, will Vietnam become the Ukraine of the Pacific?

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Is "Lean In" Faux Feminism?

It's been more than a year since Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg released her book "Lean In." But preeminent black feminist author and activist bell hooks says Sandberg's philosophy isn't all that revolutionary.

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Learn to 'Think Like a Freak' with Stephen Dubner

In his new book, "Think Like a Freak," Stephen Dubner, host of the Freakonomics, breaks down the decision-making process and explains why it’s often important to admit defeat.

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