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Don Duncan

For much of the “Troubles,” the 30-year civil conflict that plagued Northern Ireland, the border between that country and its neighbor, the Republic of Ireland, was heavily controlled. Much of it was militarized.

Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which ended the Troubles, that physical border has disappeared. On the short trip from Dublin to Belfast, for example, the only sign of having crossed the border is when cellphones change network providers, and the road signs switch from kilometers to miles.

When the UK government officially filed divorce papers Wednesday to leave the European Union, Darren Grimes woke up a happy camper.

“I’m extremely optimistic about our future chances outside in the world!” he chimes. “I think Brexit and the repeal bill present a great opportunity to bring about the changes our country so desperately needs.”

When Eric Ripert was growing up on the French Riviera, he found his love for food and found that food was love.

"I think my mother was giving back some love to her son, which was me, through the cooking that she was doing. She was trying to bring the family together," he says.

Ripert's mother always made elaborate French meals to help the family heal hurt emotions, he says.

"I had a very tense relationship with my stepfather, and she was making sure that we would sit for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a very special experience," he explains.

Sitting across from ‘the Ghost of ISIS’

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Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The fight against ISIS generates a lot of headlines. But we know frustratingly little about the individuals who run the terrorist group.

Like Abu Islam al-Iraqi, who was at the very heart of the ISIS mission in northern Iraq. Abu Islam was an emir, a religious leader, who ran sleeper cells in Kirkuk. And despite repeated efforts, he always managed to escape arrest.

"Iraqi intelligence called him 'the Ghost of ISIS' because he'd proven so elusive," says author Robin Wright.

Carlos Barria/Reuters

President Donald Trump this week surrounded himself with coal miners when he signed his executive order blocking, reversing or ordering the review of several Obama-era initiatives to limit climate change.

“The action I’m taking today will eliminate federal overreach, restore economic freedom, and allow our companies and our workers to thrive, compete and succeed on a level playing field,” Trump said Tuesday.