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French Actor Granted Russian Citizenship To Flee 'Supertax'

French movie legend Gerard Depardieu moved to Belgium last year to avoid paying France' new 75 percent tax on the wealthy. On Thursday, the Kremlin announced that President Putin signed a decree making Depardieu a citizen of Russia, where taxes are also relatively low.
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DNA Links Bloody Handkerchief To French King's Execution

In France, a team of scientists says that a piece of cloth dipped that was reputedly dipped in the blood of Louis XVI is genuine. The monarch was executed 220 years ago this month, during the French Revolution.
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Northern Mali: A Violent Islamist Stronghold

Adam Nossiter, the West Africa bureau chief for The New York Times, is one of the few reporters covering the situation in northern Mali, where Islamist extremists allied with al-Qaida have taken control after a coup destabilized the country in April.
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An Eyewitness To History: NPR's Mike Shuster Moves On

Mike Shuster has been reporting for NPR for more than 30 years, most recently as the network's diplomatic correspondent. From Tehran to Islamabad, Berlin to Moscow, he has had a front row seat to some of the most significant events in recent history. As he prepares to move on, he reflects on his years in the field.
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Are Women Safe In India?

The brutal rape and death of a young student in New Delhi is raising concerns about violence against women in India. To find out more about the challenges women face in the world's largest democracy, guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to a women's rights advocate and an Indian author.
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Putin Offers French Actor Depardieu Russian Citizenship

Gerard Depardieu has complained about high taxes in his native land. Meanwhile, he has befriended some of Russia's allies and is an acting icon in that nation. Also, the Russian leader may see a chance to tweak the West by claiming one of its wealthier citizens.

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