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During research for his upcoming book, Notre Dame professor Maurizio Albahari came across a young Afghan refugee. The boy was only 15 when he fled the Taliban, making his way to Iran, then Turkey, then Greece and finally to Italy.

"He made the crossing to Italy on a ferry by hiding himself in a truck," Albahari explains.

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Police in South Africa battled rioters on Friday as mobs tried to attack immigrants and immigrant-owned businesses in the country.

“We saw running battles,” says the BBC’s Milton Nkosi, who spent the day in Jeppestown, near Johannesburg. “The police had to fire rubber bullets [and] tear gas to try to keep the looting mob, who are the locals, away from the frightened foreigners and their businesses.”

Canada's CBC is trying to move on from an embarassing incident of sexual harassment involving Jian Ghomeshi, the former host of its signature radio program, Q.

Rap legend Nas hunts for hip-hop culture across the globe

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Hip-hop went global a long time ago, and rap legend Nas has decided to take a look at how the music has shaped the lives of young adults around the world.

Nas is an executive producer for a documentary called "Shake The Dust," which follows break-dancers from Uganda to Yemen, Colombia to Cambodia. As you can imagine, the hip-hop scenes in places like Sanaa are very different from those in Los Angeles.

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At least as far back as the Gemini missions, NASA has given its astronauts a musical wake-up call.

It all began when Gemini astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra and Tom Stafford were serenaded from earth with the show tune, “Hello Dolly!” according to NASA’s chief historian, Bill Barry.  

“Wally was known as a big jokester and I suspect he was surprised. I suspect there’s some kind of inside joke, knowing Wally Schirra.”

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