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Sheep Thrills: Senegal's 'Idol'-Style Pageant For Rams

The country's love of sheep had the perfect ingredients for an American Idol-style reality show. Khar Bii ("This Sheep") began as a joke but has blossomed into a success story and a television show that is now in its fourth season, with loyal, record audiences nationwide.
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U.S. Eager To Step Aside; Are Afghan Forces Ready?

Officially, U.S. and allied commanders say that Afghan forces are "in the lead" on security in their country. But with the transition to Afghan control looming, senior U.S. officers say that's just wishful thinking. The U.S. needs to stop coddling the Afghans, these officers say, and let them do their job.
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Syrian Activists Attack Assad Regime, With Puppets

Criticizing Syrian President Bashar Assad can be a dangerous business. But that hasn't stopped the creators of YouTube videos called Top Goon, which relentlessly mock the Syrian leader with papier-mache puppets.
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U.S. Pledges Exceed Pakistan's Spending On Its Own Flood Relief

The aid does not appear to be helping to mend U.S.-Pakistan relations, however, the Christian Science Monitor reports. This year, the U.S. is set to give nearly $135 million in flood relief assistance while Pakistan spends about $91 million.
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Buying Food Past Its Sell-By Date Tough To Swallow For Greeks

Incomes have dropped nearly 50 percent in Greece, but food prices are at record highs. Now the Greek government is encouraging retailers to discount nonperishable food that's past its sell-by date. And it's not going over well.
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Cambodia Vs. Sotheby's In A Battle Over Antiquities

A 1,000-year-old statue, a vine-and-moss-covered temple complex and a country's turbulent history lie at the heart of a legal battle pitting the Cambodian government against Sotheby's auction house. Officials say the statue was looted from an ancient Khmer temple; Sotheby's says that's not provable.
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BBC Chief Faces Parliament Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal

The scandal has cast a shadow on the vaunted reputation of the broadcaster. George Entwistle faced the same Parliamentary panel that looked into the phone hacking scandal that brought Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to its knees.

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