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We might think we have a basic understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD: Soldiers in battle see things they'd like to forget, but years later combat memories come back to haunt them. That's the received wisdom.

But perhaps we have it all wrong. Maybe it's not the reminders of the fighting that cause post-traumatic stress so much as the void ex-combatants face when they leave the community of soldiers behind.

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If the jury does opt for the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he will likely face the prospect of death by lethal injection.

But there are a lot of questions currently surrounding lethal injections, especially after last year's botched execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma. In that case, authorities were forced to use an untested cocktail of drugs for the execution because their preferred drug, sodium thiopental, wasn't available.

Another migrant crisis is brewing in the Bay of Bengal

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As a migrant crisis grips the countries around the Mediterranean, a similar problem is unfolding thousands of miles aways in the waters near Southeast Asia.

Thousands of people are currently caught at sea after attempting to reach wealthier nations in the region by boat. The migrants were turned back by the navies of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, prompting some smugglers to abandon their boats and ships with their passengers still on board.

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Ananta Bijoy Das, the third blogger to be killed in Bangladesh since the beginning of this year, was hacked to death near his home in broad day light Tuesday morning.

"He wrote about reason and science, about evolution theory," says Asif Mohiuddin, a close friend of Das. "He translated books into Bengali."

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If there was anything close to a star witness at the trial of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, it was Helen Prejean. The Roman Catholic nun, whose story was told in the Susan Sarandon/Sean Penn movie "Dead Man Walking," is probably America’s best-known opponent of the death penalty. 

Prejean took the stand on Monday and revealed she had met with the 21-year-old defendant five times in prison and that they had discussed various subjects.  

Indians, Indian-Americans and Spelling

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Imagine the scene: a small, Rust Belt town on the shores of Lake Erie, the kind of place where diversity meant Irish and Italian.

Drought in Australia; an end to drought in Brazil; poor crops across Asia; record global temperatures. If you start hearing about these in the next year, remember this news from the week:

El Niño is back.

That's the word from scientists who have been watching the tropical Pacific. Surface temperatures there are going up, winds are shifting and that could mean big weather-related changes around the world over the next year or so.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Cuba last month and, during his visit, signed an agreement that could change the lives of many Americans.

New York’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in partnership with Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology, will test out a much-needed lung cancer vaccine called Cimavax, developed in Cuba.

Now that relations between US and Cuba are improving, the US wants to see if it can benefit from the vaccine.

Story Act: Cuban medical

The "Deflategate" scandal that's consumed NFL fans for months — and landed Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady a four-game suspension — is hardly the first high-profile case of sports cheating. 

"I think cheating is as old as sports itself," says Maurice Schweitzer, who studies the psychology of cheating at the University of Pennsylvania. "Whenever you put people in competition, they are eager to win and they are going to blur the line between what's legal and what's illegal to win at almost all costs."

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