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50 Years Ago, Raid Seals Mandela's Fate And His Fame

It's been 50 years since Nelson Mandela's journals and incriminating papers were seized by South African police. Mandela was already under arrest, and those writings arguably sealed his conviction in court, and nearly got him the death penalty. But it also marked his place as one of the key political anti-apartheid thinkers and writers.
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Nigerian Terrorist Group Accused Of Killing Students

Renee Montagne talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell about recent school attacks in Nigeria and the group believed to be behind them, Boko Haram. Campbell is Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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50 People Believed Dead In Quebec Train Explosion

The death toll in the train explosion in Canada is now at least 20, and police have told family members of the 30 people still missing that they are assumed dead. Audie Cornish talks to Brian Mann.
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It's Not Just The Middle East With Quirky Booze Laws

Our commenters point out that the Middle East isn't the only place with confusing laws regulating the purchase and consumption of alcohol. Dry counties, wet counties, blue laws and mini-bottles: Jurisdictions across the U.S. also grapple with how to regulate alcohol sales.
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Report: Upside-Down Sensors Toppled Russian Rocket

The "angular velocity sensors" were a critical part of the circuitry that was supposed to keep the rocket upright during launch. A young technician got the installation wrong, according to the site Russian Space Web.
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That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Super-Fan Silenced

Music is a staple at sporting venues around the world (think singing, brass bands, even cowbells). And Billy Cooper's trumpet has been a steady fixture at England's cricketing contests. But not at Trent Bridge, where England faces Australia. The ground doesn't allow instruments. Not everyone's happy. Top cricketers and the media are piping in.
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Live From Mecca, It's Ramadan

Sounds and images from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holy city in Saudi Arabia that is closed to non-Muslim visitors, are streaming live online, depicting pilgrims' visits for Ramadan.
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Royals In Nappies: A Family Album

The photographers are already camping out ahead of the expected birth this month of Britain's third in line to the throne. As we wait for that highly anticipated first photo, here's a look back at a few other babies who made a royal entrance.
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Reports: Egypt Orders Arrest Of Muslim Brotherhood Leader

Security officials and state television are saying that prosecutors want to take Mohammed Badie and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders into custody. They're reportedly to be accused of inciting violence. This isn't the first time it's been reported that he had been or would be taken into custody.
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Garment Factory Collapse Ruins Bangladeshi Workers' Lives

It's been more than two months since a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than one thousand people. Most of the victims were women. The survivors are languishing in hospitals.

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