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London 'Micrarium' aims to showcase tiny animals

Posted: 02/08/2013 - Jack Ashby, who is in charge of the Grant Museum of Zoology in central London, said Thursday he is trying to give dragonfly nymphs, tortoise mites, and sea spiders the attention they deserve.

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Iran's supreme leader rejects direct talks with US

Posted: 02/07/2013 - The statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website echoes previous remarks opposing bilateral talks with Washington in parallel with stop-and-start nuclear negotiations with world powers.

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Iran airs images allegedly extracted from US drone

Posted: 02/07/2013 - After initially saying only that a drone had been lost near the Afghan-Iran border, American officials eventually confirmed the Sentinel had been monitoring Iran's military and nuclear facilities.

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French try to root out would-be jihadists at home

Posted: 02/07/2013 - France, waging war against Islamist extremists in Mali, is on the hunt for would-be fighters at home, fearful that they will join militants in the conflict in its former African colony or take radical action on French soil.

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Court: Plotters wanted overthrow of Congo leader

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Belonging to an organization called the Union of Nationalists for Renewal, the men sent an email "wish list" asking for machine guns, radios and even surface-to-air missiles.

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UN: Cost of bribes paid by Afghans spiked in 2012

Posted: 02/07/2013 - The cost of corruption in Afghanistan rose sharply last year to $3.9 billion, and half of all Afghans bribed public officials for services, the U.N. said Thursday.

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Acapulco rape case overshadows peak tourist season

Posted: 02/07/2013 - The tourism world turned its eyes on Mexico after six Spanish women were raped by masked gunmen during a vacation in the long-troubled Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.

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Poland: still no sign country source of horsemeat

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Investigations in Poland have found no evidence backing Irish claims that Poland was the source of horsemeat that ended up in Irish and British burgers, a top Polish veterinarian said on Thursday.

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Tunisia opposition welcomes move for new gov't

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Tunisia's opposition parties on Thursday welcomed the government's move to dissolve itself in favor of a caretaker body following the shocking assassination of a leftist politician.

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HK poor in cages shows dark side of property boom

Posted: 02/07/2013 - For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

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Tunisian opposition leader killed amid tensions

Posted: 02/06/2013 - The killing of Chokri Belaid, a 47-year-old lawyer, heightens tensions in the North African nation whose path from dictatorship to democracy has been seen as a model for the Arab world so far.

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Woman in Timbuktu punished for forbidden love

Posted: 02/06/2013 - The love story in this fabled desert outpost began over the phone, when he dialed the wrong number. It nearly ended with the couple's death at the hands of Islamic extremists who considered their romance "haram"

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Iran offering reeling Egypt 'big credit line'

Posted: 02/06/2013 - Iran's president on Wednesday offered to help rescue Egypt's failing economy with a "big credit line," another sign of improving relations between two regional powers after a freeze of more than three decades.

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German education minister says she won't resign

Posted: 02/06/2013 - Germany's education minister said Wednesday she will not resign after a university found she had plagiarized parts of her thesis but will instead to fight the ruling — a major embarrassment for the government in an election year.

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UK cities in tug-of-war over bones of Richard III

Posted: 02/06/2013 - This week scientists announced that a skeleton found under a parking lot in the city of Leicester belonged to the king, who died in 1485. Officials say he will now be reburied in Leicester Cathedral.

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Syria, Mali expose divisions within Muslim world

Posted: 02/06/2013 - The leaders of Muslim countries offered conflicting approaches to the crises in Mali and Syria on Wednesday, exposing some of the deep divisions that run through the Islamic world.

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Migrant workers at Sochi Olympic sites face abuses

Posted: 02/06/2013 - Tens of thousands of migrant workers from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are a key element in Russia's intense drive to build facilities for the 2014 Sochi Games.

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Hidden explosives found in Mali city

Posted: 02/06/2013 - Malian soldiers patrolling a city recently abandoned by Islamic insurgents uncovered a stash of industrial-strength explosives Wednesday.

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Russian wardens throw party for Stalin's gulag

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Millions of people died in Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's gulag, but the 75th anniversary of the founding of one of the notorious forced-labor camps was cause for a celebration in Russia.

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Packing for Paris? Old law bans pants

Posted: 02/04/2013 - If it isn't already daunting enough to pack for a trip to fashionable Paris, female visitors, beware: It's illegal to wear pants.

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