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Why Kenya's Best-Known Writer Decided To Come Out

Binyavanga Wainaina made the announcement in an online essay on his 43rd birthday. He says the recent anti-gay legislation in Uganda and Nigeria influenced his decision to speak out now.
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Is The Color of Hockey Changing?

Hockey has been considered a white sport, but it's gaining popularity with minorities. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with journalist William Douglas about his blog The Color of Hockey, and his trip to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.
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Twin Toilets In Sochi: Some Wonder Why That's A Big Deal

It's a picture that's been swirling around the Web: side-by-side toilets in the men's room at one of the Winter Olympics sites in Russia. Should overly sensitive sorts just calm down? Or is this a symbol of an Olympics where much of the money has been figuratively flushed?
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Many Missing After Massive Fire At Seniors' Home In Quebec

Flames tore through a seniors' residence early Thursday in a town about 280 miles northeast of Montreal. At least three people were killed. Early reports from officials on the scene indicated that as many as 30 more people had not been accounted for in the hours immediately after the blaze.
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In Ukraine, Protesters Warn They'll Go 'On The Attack'

The clashes with security forces turned deadly Wednesday. Two demonstrators were reportedly shot and killed. The body of another was later found. Protesters have been demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych hold early elections. They've given him one more day to agree.
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Danish TV Drama Sparks Discussions On Wills

A popular new drama series on Danish TV about a family torn apart over a disputed inheritance has viewers concerned about their own estate planning. Denmark's largest legal chain says online inquiries about inheritance issues are up by 143 percent.
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Mexican National Executed For Texas Cop's Murder

Texas has executed a Mexican national for killing a Houston police officer in 1994. Mexico opposes the death penalty and the execution revived a long-running diplomatic row between the United States and Mexico.
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Ukraine Opposition Tries To Force Yanukovych From Office

Opposition leaders have called on President Viktor Yanukovych to call early elections within 24 hours or face more popular rage. The ultimatum comes after at least 2 protesters were killed in confrontations with police in a escalation of a political crisis. Steve Inskeep talks to Will Englund, a correspondent with The Washington Post, who's in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
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World Economic Forum Opens In Switzerland

Every year, the world's movers and shakers gather in Davos, for an economic conference. Renee Montagne talks to Gideon Rachman, the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, about who's there, and what international issues are at the forefront.
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North Korea Opens Marathon To All Runners

Lately we've heard the wonders of basketball diplomacy — perhaps running could be the next thing for North Korea. The Pyongyang Marathon celebrates the birth of the fearless leader who founded the country. For nearly three decades, it's been for elite athletes only.

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