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James Cleverly is a happy man. He was one of the biggest campaigners to get Britain out of the European Union.

But even the Conservative parliamentarians was a bit uneasy when his side won.

“Deep down all of us — all humans — are a bit nervous about change. The British particularly so, and we have embarked on a really exciting, but very significant change.”

From China to high school in small-town America

Jun 25, 2016

Starting high school can be tough. There are new classes, new people. Now imagine starting high school in a new country.

That's the case for many students coming from other parts of the world to the United States, including China. And some of these students are heading to newer places — not to New York City or Los Angeles — rather to private schools like Cape Cod Academy in Osterville, Massachusetts.

“They’ve shot dead Amjad Sabri” — the first words I heard on Wednesday morning marked news of yet another assassination in my beloved Karachi, still “home” despite living in the Boston area since 2011.

Sabri was one of the world’s most famous exponents of the devotional music known as Qawwali. On Wednesday, two gunmen intercepted his car and shot him dead at close range in the crowded locality near his house.

The vote that set cartoonists off

Jun 24, 2016
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&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/cartoonink">Patrick LaMontagne</a>, Canada

British satirists are reacting to the Brexit vote with mostly dismay, doomsday scenarios — and a new head of hair ("leave" campaigner Boris Johnson's). But we wondered what cartoonists outside of Britain were drawing. A number of themes have emerged. 

1. David Cameron, you are so outta here!

2. We're an island, we've always been an island, and darn it, we'll be just fine on our own, thank you very much!

3. Did I hear that right? You're actually leaving? What?

4. The idea that Brexit spells peril for the fate of the European Union. 

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Think of the European Union as a club, a club with economic benefits.

“A single market is something we don’t even think about in the United States. But a single market allows us not to have to pay extra tariffs or customs duties,” explains Michelle Egan, a fellow with the Global Europe program at the Wilson Center in Washington.

“It means that we can trade across borders, trade across markets and have ease of currency transactions. So it allows us also as consumers to have more choice.”

So Brexit happened. What's next?

Jun 24, 2016
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It’s the first time a country has withdrawn from the European Union, and what happens next for both the EU and the UK is far from clear.

British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters Friday morning that he would step down this fall, having based his mandate to lead on staying in the EU.

It will be up to Cameron’s successor to officially secede from the union by invoking something called Article 50 from the EU treaty.

Wishart story

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President Barack Obama responded to the Brexit vote with reassurance.

“The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision,” he said, “The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of US foreign, security and economic policy. So too is our relationship with the European Union, which has done so much to promote stability, stimulate economic growth and foster the spread of democratic values and ideals across the continent and beyond.”

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When Nepal was hit by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015, Rajesh Shrestha happened to be outside, walking with his sister. His leg was hurt by rubble from a collapsing wall, but he survived. His mother was still at home, just across the street.

She was crushed when the roof of their house collapsed, one of more than 8,000 people who were killed by the earthquake and its numerous aftershocks.

Explainer: The Brexit aftermath, in charts

Jun 24, 2016
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Lucas Jackson/Reuters

At a glance, here are several insights and effects from the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

Young voters didn't want to break away

If the vote had been only among those under 50, the United Kingdom would have chosen, by a comfortable margin, to remain in the EU. If it had been among voters 18-24, that would have been a landslide, according to a YouGov poll. As the polling group concluded: "Those who must live with result of the EU Referendum the longest want to remain." Others noted that those with a longer exposure to the EU wanted to leave.

When the EU was cool

Jun 24, 2016
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Britain’s relationship with things European has long been a complex and confusing one. As a Brit living in the US I get asked about it a lot.

Twenty years ago it was actually my job try to bring some sense of order to that confusion. I was living in London, running a BBC radio program called Euro News, broadcast each weekday on the national news and sports network, Radio Five Live. The Maastricht Treaty that created the European Union had been signed just four years earlier. It was a transformational time.

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