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Accreditors approve historic shortened bachelor’s degrees in the US

In much of Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand, three-year undergraduate degrees are standard. Now, a US college accrediting body is allowing Brigham Young University in Idaho and affiliated Ensign College to offer shorter programs that require fewer credits.

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A Basque terrorist organization has disarmed, which some hope will lead to new opportunities in the US

US Diplomacy

The political lines that divide us

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Climate change is claiming aspen groves — and the history of Basque immigrants in America

Iraqi-trained physician Marwan Sweedan and the co-founders of Global Talent Idaho, Tara Wolfson (left) and Lisa Cooper.

Where to turn when migrating to America ruins your career

Asmaa Albukaie, Idaho's first Syrian refugee, in her new home.

Idaho’s first Syrian refugee wants Americans to understand their country’s vetting process


The city of Boise, Idaho, is taking in a lot of Syrian refugees: 122 so far this year. Asmaa Albukaie, who arrived in November 2014, was the first.

Officer Dustin Robinson (right) helps an Iraqi refugee shop owner in Boise.

Refugees don’t always trust cops, so Boise has one just to help them


The US will resettle close to 85,000 refugees from across the globe here this year. Many have been ending up in Boise, Idaho. So many in fact, that the city now has a special police officer assigned to that community.

Perhaps 70 percent of workers at Idaho's dairy farms are foreign-born, mostly from Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua

For a lesson on immigration reform, head to an Idaho dairy farm

This week, hundreds of conservative business, faith, and agricultural leaders are in Washington lobbying for broad immigration reform. Here’s why.

American citizen Nicole Salgado, husband Margo Reséndiz, and their 3-year old daughter, are seven years into a 10-year exile from the US, living in the Mexican state of Querétaro.

American citizens, in love and in exile, are waiting for immigration reform

Global Politics

When you are young, in love with an American and undocumented, the choices aren’t very good. Many couples are either living apart or living in exile, because US law often bans a spouse who came here illegally for 5 to 20 years.

Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Hispanic Idaho Congressman angers Latino voters by opposing path to citizenship

Global Politics

Idaho Latinos have seen their hope for a champion of immigration reform dashed, as Congressman Raúl Labrador, a Puerto Rican-born former immigration attorney, turns his back on a pathway to citizenship.