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Report: Mandela Interpreter Was Once Charged With Murder

Standing just a few feet away from President Obama and other world leaders, a man on stage at Tuesday's memorial service for Nelson Mandela made what members of the deaf community say were meaningless gestures, not sign language. Now there's word that he's faced murder and other charges in the past.
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Was North Korea's No. 2 Killed For Not Clapping Hard Enough?

One reason North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed, some analysts say, is that he felt disrespected. The uncle, Jang Song Thaek, allegedly failed to applaud with enough enthusiasm when Kim was given a key post. It's also thought that Kim wanted to send a message: Don't mess with me.
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Does The Subjunctive Have A Dark Side?

Phuc Tran grew up caught between two languages with opposing cultural perspectives: the indicative reality of Vietnamese and the power to image endless possibilities with English. In this personal talk, Tran explains how both shaped his identity.
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In A City With Terrible Traffic, A Gridlock Economy Emerges

There is a whole world of commerce inside a traffic jam in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and the shrewdest businessmen are the teenage boys.
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AP Reporter On Story Linking CIA, American Missing In Iran

David Greene talks with the AP's Matt Apuzzo about his story describing what is known about an American who went missing in Iran in 2007. The Associated Press reports that, despite official denials from the U.S., Robert Levinson had been working for the CIA.
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What The Execution Of Kim Jong Un's Uncle Means For N. Korea

The uncle of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un was once among the most powerful men in the secretive country. Then, without warning, he was reportedly arrested and executed as a traitor.
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Mandela's Tiny Village Prepares For Global Spotlight

African leaders have a tradition of lavishing resources on their home villages, and the result is often an expensive boondoggle. But Nelson Mandela wasn't like that, and the world will see for itself when he's buried Sunday in Qunu, a simple village that is on the verge of being overrun by hordes of journalists and VIPs from around the globe.
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American Who Disappeared In Iran Reportedly Worked For CIA

Robert Levinson vanished in Iran in 2007. His family hasn't received proof of life in more than two years.
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U.N. Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Used In Syria

The inspectors' final report confirms some earlier allegations, citing "clear and convincing evidence" that the weapons were used against civilians in Ghouta, near Damascus. Other cases were less clear.
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Kim Jong Un's Uncle, Formerly North Korea's No. 2, Is Executed

Jang Song Thaek, who had been a key figure in helping his nephew consolidate power after his father's death, was executed after being found guilty of treason.

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