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Tennis ball-sized diamond could fetch $70 million at auction

May 4, 2016

Tennis ball-sized diamond could fetch $70 million at auction

It’s a rock for the ages. A 3-billion-year-old diamond the size of a tennis ball — the largest discovered in over a century — could sell for more than $70 million, auctioneer Sotheby’s said Wednesday. The auction house plans to offer the Lesedi la ...

Bangladesh blogger seeks U.S. help as threats escalate

May 4, 2016

Bangladesh blogger seeks U.S. help as threats escalate

When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a ...

Fear of Trump drives immigrants to become U.S. citizens

| May 4, 2016

Fear of Trump drives immigrants to become U.S. citizens

On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American. Ospina has spent almost half his life in the U.S. after emigrating from his native Colombia, becoming ...

Favored in crime, €500 banknote finds its days are numbered

May 4, 2016

Favored in crime, €500 banknote finds its days are numbered

The European Central Bank was set to decide on Wednesday the fate of the €500 bank note, which many people associate with money laundering, the black market and terrorist financing. But its possible abolition is raising hackles in countries such as Germany. The violet-colored ...