North Korean employees work at the assembly line of a South Korean company at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. South Korea announced Wednesday it is shutting down the industrial park, following North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Pedestrians stand outside a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday. Stocks plunged again in Japan, and the interest rate on the benchmark bond fell below zero. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way

Japan Is Selling Bonds Guaranteed To Lose You Money

With the global economy in turmoil, interest rates on some government debt are falling below zero.

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Goats and Soda

Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

The nets that ensnare the giant totoaba fish also trap and kill the world's smallest and rarest mammal: a porpoise called the vaquita.

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In 2013, Zika virus was found in French Polynesia, including the island of Tahiti (above). Some 20,000 inhabitants were diagnosed with the disease. Andy Bardon/National Geographic hide caption

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No, he didn't repossess this car from a corrupt official. As a hobby, global health avenger Cees Klumper fixes up classic cars. This one is the actual El Camino used in the TV series My Name Is Earl. Klumper tracked it down and had it shipped to Geneva. Courtesy of Anneke Cees Klumper hide caption

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