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Members of Indian Youth Congress — a wing of the National Congress party — and National Students Union of India protest for Internet freedom in April 2015 in New Delhi.

Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

In a far-reaching ruling, India has prohibited telecom service providers from charging different prices to consumers to access content on the Internet — a blow to Facebook and its aggressive bid to offer a free but stripped-down version of the Internet aimed at India's poor.

Pakistan policemen stand guard as a Pakistan International Airline plane taxis on a runway in Islamabad on Feb. 8. The national carrier has struggled in recent years with a $3 billion debt.

Once Pakistan's Pride, Its Embattled National Carrier Fights To Survive

Some airlines are just airlines.

But others mean a lot more than that to the people they serve.

Pakistan's national carrier was long a source of patriotic pride, a symbol of unity in a divided country. Now that airline is in big trouble.

Green when young, and about the size of an adult human's hand when full-grown, <em>Dryococelus australis</em> is more commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect, or the tree lobster.

Love Giant Insects? Meet The Tree Lobster, Back From The Brink

Tiny eggs have started hatching this week at the San Diego Zoo, and scientists there are celebrating the arrival of baby tree lobsters.

It's all part of a conservation effort for the Lord Howe Island stick insect. The huge, black, shiny creature, also known as a tree lobster, is a superstar of the entomological world, because its history is such a strange saga of passion and commitment.

Sunni imam Aziz Babaei, in his prayer room in Tehran, has been telling other Iranian Sunnis to be careful. One radical act, he warns, could bring pain on the whole community.

The Precarious Existence Of Iran's Sunni Muslims

We've been talking with a Sunni Muslim who lives in Shiite-dominated Iran. He's a member of one of the two great sects of Islam, which are increasingly seen in conflict. His story suggests just how perilous that conflict could be.

Last month, a crowd in Tehran attacked the embassy of Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia. They were protesting Saudi Arabia's execution of a Saudi Shiite cleric who had criticized the Saudi government.

More Americans across all ages are opting not to drive.

Like Millennials, More Older Americans Steering Away From Driving

A growing number of Americans are driving less and getting rid of their cars.

The trend that used to be more prominent among younger adults — millennials — is now gaining traction in middle-aged adults as well, to the point where fewer of them are even bothering to get or renew their driver's licenses.

"Honestly, at this point, it just doesn't really seem worth it," says 25-year-old Peter Rebecca, who doesn't own a car or have a driver's license. "I mean, I live in Chicago, there's really good access to, you know, public transits for pretty cheap."

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was arrested late Wednesday in Portland, Ore.

FBI Arrests Cliven Bundy As Pressure Mounts On 4 Remaining Wildlife Refuge Occupiers

The father of two men who were among the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and are now in jail, was himself arrested in Portland, Ore., Wednesday night.

Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher prominent in protests to end federal control of western lands, is being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center. His sons Ammon and Ryan were arrested Jan. 27 and are there as well.

Bundy had said earlier this week that he intended to travel to Oregon to support the four men still occupying a government building on the refuge.

As members of the local Muslim community, Summer Hamad and her daughter Marjan Hamad were personally affected by the murder of three young Muslim-Americans in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Feb. 10th, 2015. After the shootings, they both decided to begin wearing the hijab.

Muslim Community Remembers Chapel Hill Victims

On Feb. 10, 2015, Summer Hamad remembers sitting in her family room in Raleigh, N.C. It was late, a kind of humdrum night when the phone rang. It was her oldest daughter.

"Mom," she said, her voice cracking. "Deah's dead."

Hamad's face turned white. She had just seen Deah Barakat, a 23-year-old with an electric smile and calming presence, at a community fundraiser not too long before. She remembers pointing at him, jokingly telling her 19-year-old daughter, Marjan, that he's cute. "He's taken, mom," she responded.

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., celebrates after his resounding New Hampshire primary victory Tuesday night.

New Hampshire Turnout Breaks Records, But Not On Democratic Side

One-hundred percent of votes are now in in New Hampshire and a couple things are now official:

1. Record for total turnout: Combing all voters — Democrats and Republicans — it was a record for a New Hampshire primary. In all, 538,094 people cast ballots. That beats the 2008 record of 527,349.

2. The Republican record was shattered: The final tally for GOP ballots cast was 284,120 votes. That beats out the 2012 Republican primary tally of 248,475.

A surfer catches a wave at Waimea Bay after the In Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing contest was canceled on Wednesday.

Famous Big-Wave Surf Contest Thwarted By Undersized Waves

There's really only one thing you absolutely need to hold a big-wave surf competition, and it's big waves.

Unfortunately for a famous surf contest in Hawaii scheduled for Wednesday, the waves failed to measure up.

"The Bay calls the day. The Eddie is No Go," read the website of the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau contest, called "The Eddie" for short.

The beach of Oahu's North Shore, where the competition was slated to take place, was packed with spectators before the sun had even risen, The Associated Press reports, but the requisite swells never materialized.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday that the federal government had filed a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Mo.

Justice Department Sues Ferguson After City Amends Police Reform Deal

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the city of Ferguson, Mo., for unjust policing that violates the civil and constitutional rights of citizens, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday.

The lawsuit came one day after the Ferguson City Council voted to change a proposed consent decree to reform the police and courts. The council said the package, which had been negotiated between the DOJ and city officials, cost too much.

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