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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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Cyprus, Turkey At Odds Over Natural Gas Drilling

The small island nation of Cyprus is drilling under the Mediterranean Sea for natural gas. It is facing opposition from Turkey, which has occupied part of the island since 1974.
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Egyptian President Morsi Makes Power Grab

Mohammed Morsi has issued a constitutional decree that his critics say effectively returns Egypt back to one-man rule. Morsi went on state television to announce that any decree or law he issues cannot be challenged in court. He also sacked the chief prosecutor and ordered the retrial of people accused of attacking protesters during the overthrow of the previous regime of Hosni Mubarak.
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Does Gaza Ceasefire Address Long-Term Goals?

Steve Inskeep talks with Robert Malley of the International Crisis Group about how the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas addresses short and long term, goals on both sides. Malley is program director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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