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Far-Right Historian Commits Suicide In Notre Dame Cathedral

Dominique Venner, a well-known French historian who embraced and wrote about ultra-conservative causes for decades, committed suicide today in front of the alter at Notre Dame Cathedral. He had left a post on his blog decrying the legalization of same sex marriage in France. "An infamous law ... can always be repealed," he wrote. "It will require new, spectacular and symbolic actions to rouse people from their complacency."
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West Bank Businesses Seek Growth Amid Uncertainty

Political unpredictability in the region hampers all kinds of businesses: from stone-cutters and shoemakers to IT. Business owners in the West Bank say Secretary of State John Kerry's commitment to remove barriers to commerce might go further than actual cash.
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Why Apple (And Lots Of Other Companies) Wound Up In Ireland

It goes back to a single page in a report written decades ago by U.S. consultants, and funded by the U.S. State Department.
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Two Key Candidates Barred From Seeking Iran's Presidency

The Guardian Council, which vets all candidates, approved eight names, but left out an influential former president and a top aide to the current president. Their exclusion gives establishment-friendly candidates a clear path to the presidency in the June 14 election.
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African Cities Test The Limits Of Living With Livestock

Hipsters may just be discovering the joys of backyard chickens, but in African megacities, people have been bringing their animals into the slums with them for decades. That's creating a new ecosystem of animals and huge numbers of people living closely together like never before.
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Court Backs Withholding 'Potent' Images Of Bin Laden's Body

The government has argued that the classified images could spark violence against Americans abroad.
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China Builds Museums, But Filling Them Is Another Story

China has been building museums with abandon, opening about 100 annually in recent years. Two of the biggest opened on the same day last fall on opposite banks of Shanghai's Huangpu River. But filling these museums — with both art and visitors — is proving more challenging.
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Socks Are Optional As Pakistan Grapples With Power Cuts

You are a poor country with chronic power shortages. The summer is blazing hot. What do you do? In Pakistan, the prime minister has banned air conditioners in government offices — but says it's OK for workers to go without socks.

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