The disputed area around Maktab Khaled is one of the last passageways where civilians can travel between the relative safety of the Kurdish north and the one-third of Iraq that ISIS controls. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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The Artificial Boundary That Divides Iraq

A checkpoint near Kirkuk marks the line between Kurdish-controlled territory and the world of Islamic State extremists. Some 5,000 civilians stream across daily, lives and families divided.

The cruise ship Carnival Magic floats behind a catamaran off Cozumel, Mexico on Oct. 17. The ship skipped a planned stop there Friday, the cruise line says, after Mexican authorities delayed granting permission to dock. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

Officials in Galveston, Texas, meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say the rush (which included a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter) was needlessly alarming.

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Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground

Haiti's once-flourishing coffee trade has been badly battered. The latest threat: climate change. Locals who still rely on coffee for their livelihood must learn to grow it in changing climes.

Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden, on Monday. Swedish authorities say they've detected "foreign underwater activity" thought to be a possible Russian submarine. Anders Wiklund/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Sweden's Sub Hunt Evokes Cold War Memories

Stockholm has a grainy photo of what it says shows "foreign underwater activity" in an incident eerily similar to the grounding of a Soviet submarine in the same waters in 1981.

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