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3 People, Including Gunman, Killed In Sydney Cafe Siege

The situation began unfolding during morning rush hour, when a gunman entered the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in downtown Sydney. The gunman and two others died after police stormed the cafe.
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Element Of Marriage Proposal Damages Building

A Dutchman planned to use a crane to perch himself outside his girlfriend's window. He wanted to serenade her before popping the question. Even though the crane tipped over, she said yes.
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Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Found At Buckingham Palace

The royals, however, won't be eating them. A palace spokesperson said, "fungi from the garden are not used in the palace kitchens."
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Haiti's President Searches For Next Prime Minister

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe's resignation may be too late to repair the political damage to the president. Protests have increased over long overdue elections and allegations of corruption.
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YY Changes Its Tune After Karaoke Is A Hit

Chinese social network site YY originally allowed customers to watch other people play video games, but users realized that the site had more potential. It could be a place to perform virtual karaoke.
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Around-The-World Trek Hits Obstacles Both Natural And Man-Made

Journalist Paul Salopek's long walk recently brought him face to face with the possibility of losing his toes to frostbite — and with one of the largest mass migrations in modern history.
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Hostages Held In Cafe In Sydney, Australia

Multiple hostages are being held at a Lindt cafe in Sydney, Australia. Several nearby buildings have been evacuated.
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He Just Flew In From South Africa To Join 'The Daily Show'

And boy, are his arms tired. Because he's been holding them up so the U.S. police don't attack him. That joke launched Trevor Noah's "Daily Show" gig. He got raves — but a few barbs from fans at home.
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Cheney On Harsh Interrogation: 'I'd Do It Again In A Minute'

The former vice president doubled down on his defense of the Bush administration's use of such techniques, calling the Senate's recent report "seriously flawed."
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Turkey Launches Crackdown On Government Critics

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has rounded up two dozen journalists, television producers and police with close ties to an exiled cleric who is fiercely critical of the government.

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