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Russia, U.S. Seek To Resolve Friction On Adoptions

Foreign adoptions are a hot-button issue in Russia; some Russian officials have even called for a ban. Despite the political sensitivity, Russia and the U.S. are working out an agreement designed to improve the adoption process for prospective parents and children.
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Christmas Is About The Gold-Plated Christmas Tree

A Tokyo jewelry store is selling the tree for $4.2 million — a price tag explained not only by the steep price of gold, but also by the craftsmanship. A team of workers decorated the tree with hand-crafted Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell and Cinderella.
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Ig Nobel Prizes Celebrate Somewhat Suspect Science

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor scientific research that, in the words of Master of Ceremonies Marc Abrahams, "first makes you laugh, and then makes you think." This year's prizes, awarded in late September, include citations for research into mysteriously green hair, potentially explosive colonoscopies, and the creation of equations that model the back-and-forth swing of a ponytail in motion.
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Italian Women Call For Action Against 'Femicide'

Violence against women is on the rise in Italy, and most often the culprit is a husband or boyfriend. A recent U.N. report highlighted the extent of the problem.
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Egyptians Take To The Streets After President Expands Powers

Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi won high praise for brokering the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. But protesters in several Egyptian cities denounced him on Friday after he gave himself sweeping powers.
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Warrant Issued For Ivory Coast's Ex-First Lady

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for the former first lady of the Ivory Coast. Simone Gbagbo is accused of committing crimes against humanity during the fighting that followed last year's election in Ivory Coast. Her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo, is already in the custody of the ICC and is awaiting trial in the Hague.

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