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U.S. Visa issued in India. (Photo by Muzi via Wikimedia Commons)

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Facebook: Seattleites Kabbie Konteh and Dan Lavin have a special connection to Sierra Leone. Now, they're speaking out against the prevalence of the cash-for-visas market in the country and around the world. Twitter: A pair of Seattleites are speaking out against the prevalence of the cash-for-visas market around the world, in particular Sierra Leone.

Gary Locke returns to Seattle after serving as the U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014. (Photo by Linda Cotton)

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Gary Locke's work and life have transcended the very binaries of "white" and "yellow" that trap the public into believing one cohesive, authentic identity is impossible.

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Now that the glimmer of gold medals in Sochi has faded, we take a step back and examine what we didn't—but should have—learned about Sochi and Russia during the Winter Olympics.

Protestors from "Not One More" link arms to block vans from leaving the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo by Jill Mangaliman)

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50 protesters locked down in front of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma yesterday in what they promised would be the first of many direct actions to block deportations.

TJ Oshie is playing for the US Olympic hockey team this year. (Photo by sarah_connors via Flickr)

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Washington state sent more than its fair share of athletes to the 2014 Winter Olympics...so where's our medals??

Zara storefront in London, UK. (Photo by Aurelijus Valeiša via Flickr)

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First Macklemore, then the Seahawks and now...Zara?

Since 1992, Satya Nadella has brought Microsoft engineering expertise, business savvy, innovation and the ability to bring colleagues together, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Photo from TechAttack.my)

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Yesterday was a historic day for Microsoft with Satya Nadella’s appointment as the company's new CEO.

More than 500 Muslim Americans gathered in the state capitol in Monday to send a clear message to the Legislature: protect low-income housing, pass the DREAM Act and vote against invasive drone surveillance. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

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Hundreds of Muslims from around Washington gathered at the state capitol Monday with clear messages for their legislators. For Amira Al-Salami, Martin Luther King Jr....

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G. Willow Wilson, Seattle author of the new Marvel Comics series released next month, explains how a typical Pakistani-American teen and her alter ego...

Jia Yin Tan, 16, decided to the Seattle World School after two semesters at Franklin. (Photo by Valeria Koulikova)

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The Seattle World School provides a welcoming environment to new students from around the globe. But many struggle to move on to mainstream schools. ¿Como...

Caretaker Lulu Carpenter in the Lodge Room at Washington Hall. (Photo by Anna Goren)

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A century of immigrant history hangs in the balance in Washington Hall's renovation campaign. Tomorrow evening when community members gather to advocate for their priorities...

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In a conflict familiar to Washingtonians, Bosnian conservationists and loggers are at odds. But many of the country's forests are shielded by a secret...

Seattle South Asian Film Festival founder Rita Meher. (Photo by Shikha Jain)

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Work in IT or development may pay the bills, but Seattle's South Asian community has a growing passion for film. Rita Meher had been a U.S. citizen...

Manila clams prepare to become curry. (Photo courtesy Kedai Makan)

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Seattle tends to have its bases covered when it comes to Asian food. But the owners of Kedai Makan are working hard to introduce...

Abdi Mohamed Ali, left, helps Rachel Eagan pronounce Somali words in an evening class held Tuesday at Foster High School. “You need to speak to Somalis,” to learn, Ali says. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

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An evening class at Foster High School in Tukwila is helping people learn Somali. It’s not an easy language, but in a region with...

Relief supplies are delivered to earthquake victims in Awaran. Pakistan's military is coordinating relief efforts but international funding drives have been lacking. (Photo courtesy Hina Baloch)

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Crucial earthquake relief efforts in a long-neglected region of Pakistan have been hampered by internal politics and a lack of international media interest. “Will there be...

University of Washington international students (from left) Hans Mohrmann from The Netherlands, Tess Murphy of New Zealand and Anna WüŸst of Germany show off their passports at a Mariners to celebrate the first day of class. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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The number of international students at University of Washington doubled in the last 5 years. But the resulting cross-cultural experiences aren't always easy. The first...

Kev (Ryan Higgins) reunited with fellow U.S. Marine Tom (Jonathan Crimeni) and his new robotic hand. (Photo courtesy Washington Ensemble Theatre)

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A new production of Rajiv Joseph's acclaimed play about post-invasion Iraq sheds light on America's changing attitudes toward military intervention abroad. I invite you to spend...

Muatasim Qazi, a journalist from Balochistan, Pakistan, is seeking asylum in the U.S. The hearing for his second attempt is next week. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

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For asylum seekers like Muatasim Qazi, sometimes the threats they face are so horrific, they're hard for the judges who decide their cases to...

A child surveys the damage to his family's house in Idlib, Syria after it was bombed by Assad warpalnes (Photo from Freedom House via Flickr)

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In his effort to appear strong and decisive on Syria, President Obama is missing a great opportunity. Update: President Obama announced in a speech Saturday that he...

Protesters in July calling for the ouster of Mohamed Morsi hold a photo General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (Photo from REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

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After two and a half years of turmoil, what have we Egyptians really gained? “What’s happening in Egypt?” For Egyptians who live abroad, like me, that’s...