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Dr. Sokol recently guest hosted on Essential Pittsburgh. Use the following links to hear more about Bricolage Production Company, Global Links, and Alexandria, Virginia!

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Council in the News

Hampton gives Russian teachers taste of America

For a group of visitors to the Hampton Township School District, it was not only their first time in the district, it was their first time in the country.

Russian educators from the Chelyabinsk region visited three of Hampton Township's schools on Dec. 4 as part of a weeklong tour of the Pittsburgh region with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, said Amiena Mahsoob, director of education programs with World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh and the fall of the Berlin Wall

In our globalized, social-media age, we pause this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of unity in Europe and the strong bond between the European Union and the United States.

But every day we experience the fact that individual relationships and intercultural connections remain the bedrock of government-to-government, economy-to-economy and business-to-business relationships.

As a business executive and a college professor, our professional and personal experiences with Germany and the German-American community in the Pittsburgh region affirm the value and necessity of relationship-building to the success of government policy, from the local to the global level. We know firsthand that without people-to-people connections, state-to-state ones fall short.

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Naval officer, a Butler native, speaks to Moon Area students

School News

Security in Southeast Asia's seas and the fight against Latin American drug cartels are longer-term challenges for the military than the headline-grabbing Ebola virus or the Islamic State's move through Iraq and Syria, the nation's highest-ranking naval officer told Moon Area High School students Monday.

“Asia has the biggest and fastest-growing economies in the world. The long view is still the Asia Pacific,” said Adm. Jonathan Greenert, 61, chief of naval operations and a Butler native.

One sign of cooperation with China is its Navy's participation in piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and in the South and East China Seas. Chinese and American naval vessels have started to share information about routine matters such as weather conditions, he said.

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Pittsburgh-area students examine Ebola crisis during international video conference

Gary Shaye, 67, has spent nearly two-thirds of his life working for Save the Children in 80 countries trying to do what his organization’s title says.

For the last two years he has been senior director of humanitarian operations, which means that, among other duties, he is its chief fundraiser for emerging crises like Ebola.

So when the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh asked him to be its keynote speaker at a video conference the council was organizing for high school students to learn about the disease, he immediately said yes.

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Pittsburgh-area students to take part in video conference on Ebola

The 19 students in Edwina Kinchington’s 11th grade cellular signaling science class at the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy in Oakland don’t think they’re going to solve the Ebola crisis by taking part in a video conference with other students from around the world.

But these smart 16- and 17-year-olds know that the first step in solving any crisis is education, which is why they’re looking forward to Tuesday’s conference being put on by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

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Former German leader discusses ISIS with North Hills, North Allegheny students

Sending ground troops into the Middle East to fight the Islamic State, or ISIS, would play into the hands of the terrorist group, a former high-ranking German official told students from North Hills and North Allegheny high schools.

“We will not win this war with ISIS without Muslim support,” Ruprecht Polenz, former chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the German Bundestag, or parliament, said Oct. 3. “This is a war won by public opinion, not by weapons.”

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Night of Stories by Fledgling International Travelers

Despite their country’s wealth, Americans are often reputed as provincials — people who don’t know other languages, or care what people in other nations think.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is trying to change that with initiatives like its Global Travel Scholars program for area high school students. And on Thursday night, you can hear what some participants did with their rather unusual summer vacations.

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Engaging Iran: Visitors to Pittsburgh bring message worth noting

The World Affairs Council was able to attract to Pittsburgh on Tuesday two senior experts on U.S.-Iranian relations, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Thomas R. Pickering, former undersecretary of state for political affairs, to engage Pittsburghers on the most important foreign policy issue of this fall, and perhaps of the years of Barack Obama’s presidency.

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At Summer Seminar, Students Learn to Think Critically About Global Issues

For a small group of local teenagers, part of their summer has been spent learning to think critically about global issues. For the past two weeks the students have been learning Mandarin Chinese and Arabic, hearing speakers who work in the international community and learning from one another in the 2014 Summer Seminar of Global Issues.

Gabe Ren, a 15-year-old rising junior at North Allegheny Senior High School said he always thought he wanted to go into international business. But after two weeks of hearing people speak to them about the work they do in refugee camps, researching climate change or in public health, his interests have widened.

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Dozens of high-schoolers attend annual seminar on global events

Having read a biography on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Gabe Ren said he was inspired to pursue a career in business or finance — and maybe even enter politics later in life.

Businesses such as Google and Apple have had a positive, tangible impact on global society, the rising junior in North Allegheny Senior High School said, and staying informed about world events will help him be successful in a career in international business.

“It's really important to know what's going on in the world,” Ren, 15, said.

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Quaker Valley junior bound for Tanzanian adventure

The last time Tessa Houser traveled out of the country, she was 6 years old and accompanied by her parents. On June 29, the 16-year-old will travel alone to Tanzania, Africa, where she will spend a few weeks as part of the Global Travel Scholarship Program.

A junior at Quaker Valley, Houser is one of only five Pittsburgh-area student scholars selected from a pool of 35 nominees to participate in the program through the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in cooperation with The Experiment in International Living.

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More from Personalities of Pittsburgh interview with Audrey Russo

Pittsburgh attracts a lot of young talent through its universities, but many people end up leaving the city after graduation. Is there an issue in Pittsburgh with retention?

I don’t think we need to keep talking about retaining talent. I don’t think we need to be afraid of people coming in and out of Pittsburgh, that’s part of the global world today. People live in different places and you want people that are well-traveled, you want people that have good perspective…It would be great if they stayed for a period of time. I think once we start getting more comfortable we’ll understand that a little bit of that churn is helpful for us. We want to make sure we are attracting great people to work here, to live here and be part of the next building of the region.

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Pittsburgh-Area Students Tackle World Water Crisis

According to the United Nations, nearly 800 million people around the world don’t have access to clean water — a daunting challenge for political leaders, humanitarians and scientists, but it hasn’t stopped a group of Pittsburgh area students from working on a solution. 

”We actually didn’t realize how extensive it was until we did all of our research,” said Kambree Love, a junior at South Fayette High School.  

She  is one of five dozen students from South Fayette and North Allegheny Intermediate High School who collaborated on a project to find a solution for a real world problem — the scarcity of potable water — particularly in parts of Africa and Asia.

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International presentation at Shaler Area helps students expand horizons

Shaler Area High School hosted international guest Ichiro Fujisaki, the former Japanese ambassador to the United States, in a seminar that involved eight Western Pennsylvania high schools.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization that promotes an understanding of international issues, arranged the seminar with the former ambassador and asked Shaler Area to host in part because of its strong Japanese program.

Students from the Shaler Area and Fox Chapel Area school districts attended the seminar at the Shaler Area High School, and students from the Conneaut Area, Hampton, Cornell, Elizabeth Forward and Gateway school districts participated via video conference.

“We think it's really important for students, especially from our area, to engage with international speakers who have a breadth of experiences they're not familiar … to give students a good way to broaden their horizon,” said Elizabeth Cook, program associate for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

Young Achiever: Tessa Houser

Tessa has been awarded a Global Travel Scholarship from the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, which provides funds for high school students to participate in summer programs abroad. Tessa plans to visit Tanzania this summer through The Experiment in International Living program.

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Europe in focus: EU ambassador visits Pitt at timely moment

European Union Ambassador to the United States Joao Vale de Almeida paid a visit to Pittsburgh last week, timely in the sense that the EU is in the thick of efforts to resolve the current contretemps between Russia and Ukraine without its descending into war.

The ambassador came to inaugurate a newly named library at the University of Pittsburgh, honoring librarian Barbara Sloan, specializing in EU subjects, reflecting the university’s designation as an EU Center of Excellence. He also took the opportunity to address audiences hosted by Pitt and by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on matters of importance to the now 28-nation body. Croatia was added to its membership last year.

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On Pittsburgh visit, ambassador says $15B in aid to Ukraine shows support

On Pittsburgh visit, ambassador says $15B in aid to Ukraine shows support

European leaders want to signal their support for Ukraine's new government by providing a $15 billion aid package for the country as it seeks to fend off Russian aggression, the European Union's ambassador to the United States told the Tribune-Review.

João Vale de Almeida, who heads the EU's delegation in the United States, monitored developments across the Atlantic while visiting Pittsburgh on Thursday. He met with Mayor Bill Peduto, spoke at the University of Pittsburgh and attended a World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh reception.

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General Hayden speaks at Peters Twp. High School

Former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden talked about his experiences during a presentation held Nov. 18 at Peters Township High School.

The North Hills native spoke to about 300 students from Peters, Mt. Lebanon, South Allegheny, South Fayette, Thomas Jefferson and Trinity high schools. Several other area districts watched the presentation via internet video conference. Also watching were two high school classes in Alaska and one in Texas. Both the schools watching online and those in attendance at Peters Township were also able to participate in the discussion with Hayden by asking questions.

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Congratulations to the Council's Director of Education Programs, Amiena Mahsoob

Congratulations to the Council's Director of Education Programs, Amiena Mahsoob, on winning the 2013 Athena Young Professional Award! The Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Award recognize exceptional women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community, and help other women to succeed through mentorship.

Pittsburgh Magazine - Special One Young World Section

The October 2012 Pittsburgh Magazine special section covers the upcoming agenda items and much of what has gone into preparing to welcome 1,500 delegates from 196 countries. 

Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO, and Amiena Mahsoob, Deputy Director, Education Programs, are featured in the magazine section.

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McKeesport Area hosts student summit
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Former CIA head Hayden: Espionage essential to protect Americans
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Chile on the rise: An ambassador's visit becomes a teachable moment
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Syria's woes beyond boundaries, expert tells Pittsburgh group
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Opportunities abound here, if we're smart
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Great advice from the (amazing) Athena and Young Athena finalists
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Syrian journalist pleads for help via Skype feed in Market Square
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Costa Rica trip a revelation for Sewickley Academy student
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2013 Celebrating Women! Global Impact Nominees
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Video Conference Unites Students on Three Continents
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Chinese dissidents in exile share experiences in North Side forum
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Pittsburgh group hosts a rare gathering of exiled Chinese political dissidents
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Economy, education -- not terrorism -- major issues for author
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Talking Japan, the U.S. and the economy at the Duquesne Club
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Skype connects Hampton, Polish students
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International travel dreams come true for kids via World Affairs Council
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Amb. Delattre Speaks at World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
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The Food Column: Welcoming newcomers with open hearts, homes
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Bricolage launching 10th season
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Could be the biggest ever welcome dinner in Pittsburgh
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Anchors aweigh: Visiting admiral says the Navy can cope with cuts
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Egyptian ambassador: Peace treaty in Egypt’s ‘best interests’
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Admiral: Cuts to impact reshaping Navy
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Admiral: Cuts to impact reshaping Navy
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Egypt trying to attract Pittsburgh businesses
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RHS to host One Young World International Youth Forum
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Groenvlei goes global
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North Allegheny students place 5th in annual Euro Challenge
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Seeking grand ideas, Awesome Pittsburgh has money for good ones
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Baldwin part of International Student Summit, cybersecurity
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APT’s Rekortan sponsors the WorldRunners team for the Pittsburgh Marathon
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What to do tonight: Talking with William J. Dobson
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Goodwill Ambassador on Ice: Evan Kaufmann
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Scholarships give students international experience
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Governor Corbett Highlights Collaboration in Battling Cybercrime
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High School Students Think Globally and Compete Nationally in Upcoming WorldQuest
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Baldwin student gets chosen for Global Travel scholarship
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Canadian envoy confident of bridge
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Groups work to bring world to Pittsburgh and vice versa
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International Women's Day shines light on human trafficking 'in our backyard'
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Panel to address women’s issues, international affairs
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Festival brings 'creative spirit of the Netherlands' to Pittsburgh, envoy says
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High school teams to vie in WorldQuest
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France to take example from city of Pittsburgh
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French ambassador says his country is betting on American successes
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Baldwin High School to Host International Videoconference
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School Board Sees Plans for International Classrooms At Pine-Richland H.S.
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China gains in aluminum field
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Global summit to come to Pittsburgh in 2012
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Opinion: German-US ties need new impetus
Steven E. Sokol, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh President and CEO

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Pittsburgh well represented at One Young World
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Pittsburgh a finalist for One Young World forum
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Longtime senator John Warner on stump for clean energy
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Pittsburgh-Area Students Win Summer “Experiment” Abroad
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Pittsburgh a contender to host One Young World
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Five young Burghers will fly to Zurich as top leaders for One Young World
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Coro Center for Civic Leadership Alumni Success Story:
Allyce Pinchback, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Program Officer

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Baldwin Students & Cybersecurity: More than just Facebook Tips   
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At Baldwin High summit, cybersecurity hits home for teens
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Students explore implications of potential economic woes
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Pittsburgh ready to host youth summit, mayor says
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Delegation pays tribute at Turkish bomb site
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American Group Gives Hand of Friendship to Turkish City
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Hagel's candor: The former senator calls for a new realism overseas
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One Young World Summit coming to Pittsburgh in 2012
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Newsmaker: Ronald Reha Jr. Receives Donald E. Farr Award
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Hagel: Afghan war must end soon
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Global Travel Program brings overseas opportunities to students
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Ambassador notes city's link to India
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A delegation representing the World Affairs Council from Pittsburgh visited the Institute and Archive
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Region's Japanese expect rebound
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Woodland Hills Elementary Schools Host Nigerian Speaker
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Students discuss natural disasters through video conferencing summit
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Technology Links BHS Students to International Discussion
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Waging peace - International activist gets hyperlocal with Pittsburgh immigrants, activists
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Pop City Q & A: Steven E. Sokol, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
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Turkey tired of Mideast troubles
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A tribute to Belarus rebels
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Heinz Endowments in the Spotlight: Steven E. Sokol, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
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Now Hiring: Key Leadership Positions in Pittsburgh
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Leadership turnover in nonprofits may energize region
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Bethel Park native is a woman on a mission
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Pupils get glimpse of 2020
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Students get scoop on cutting dependence on foreign oil
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U.S. Steel chief calls for enforcement of trade rules
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U.S. Steel CEO: Manufacturers need help to compete
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Cyberspace underbelly exposed during Cornell summit
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Student summit at Cornell High School examines cyber security
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Partnership allows students in Hampton, Tbilisi to connect
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Germany loses support for war
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World Affairs Council gives high school students a global view
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