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In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible'

Artist Marc Ahr has been drawing the Olympics for 22 years. For him, it doesn't matter what the press narrative is, how the countries are preparing, or even who wins or loses. Asked about negative news surrounding Sochi, he says that here, "everything is impossible, but everything is possible."
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Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive

The stray dogs roaming Russia's Olympics venues have already become the unofficial mascots of the Winter Games. Olympics officials say no healthy dogs will be destroyed, but animal rights groups worried about the fate of the dogs are taking in as many as they can.
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In Eastern Congo, Complex Conflicts And High-Stakes Diplomacy

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold now serves as special envoy to the African Great Lakes, where millions have died and dozens of armed groups scramble to seize land and minerals. He is part of a team of diplomats trying to rid the region, mired in decades of war, of a dizzying array of militias.
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Leaked Ukraine Phone Call Puts U.S. Credibility On The Line

An apparent private telephone conversation between two senior American diplomats about the crisis in Ukraine has surfaced on YouTube. In the call, which has not yet been authenticated, the two participants discuss the relative merits of the leaders of Ukraine's opposition movement. One of the callers is also vehemently critical of the European Union. There's speculation that the call is between the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
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Italian Navy Rescues Some 1,100 Migrants In Mediterranean

The people, including pregnant women and about 50 children, were fleeing sub-Saharan Africa when they were intercepted near the island of Lampedusa.
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Leaked Phone Call Offers Not-So-Diplomatic U.S. View Of EU

A pair of U.S. diplomats are heard discussing the merits of various Ukrainian opposition figures. One of them is heard using a profanity directed toward the European Union.
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From Projects To Parliament, Britain's 'Rev. Rose' Breaks Barriers

Rose Hudson-Wilkin was the first black woman to be chaplain to the queen of England. Now she is chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons as well. Even while fulfilling these high-profile roles, she continues to run an East London parish that struggles with poverty and gang violence.
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Luxury Carmaker Aston Martin Cites Fake Chinese Plastics In Recall

The company uses plastics supplied by DuPont for a key part, but it instead received counterfeit material labeled with DuPont's name. About 75 percent of cars built after 2007 are affected.
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What Do You Want To Know About The Sochi Olympics?

Are people excited about the Winter Olympics? Don't figure skaters get dizzy? Those are some of the questions being answered on Quora, the "knowledge sharing" site. We'll highlight interesting questions during the 2014 Winter Games.
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After Prison Stint, Pussy Riot Keeps Up Anti-Government Stand

Members of the Russian performance-protest-collective called Pussy Riot are speaking out against the Russian government and inhumane prison conditions. In 2012, three of the group's members were imprisoned for staging a raucous anti-Putin protest in a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow. They have since been released, and are using their voices to attract people to their cause.

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