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Red Bull Heir Is Arrested In Police Officer's Death

A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street. The city's top police official said he took charge of the case after a cover-up was attempted.
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Under The Shadow Of Jets, A Syrian Town Presses On

Syrian rebels have gained control of a series of towns along the Syrian-Turkish border, including the northern town of Azaz. But government forces continue to launch airstrikes there. Azaz is trying to move forward, but it's largely a ghost town now, as tens of thousands of residents have fled to Turkey.
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Runner Pistorius Under Fire For Post-Race Comments

Melissa Block talks with BBC correspondent Emma Tracey, who is at the Paralympic Games in London. Yesterday the so-called "Blade Runner" — South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius — complained immediately following the 200m race that a Brazilian competitor who won the gold had cheated. Pistorius' initial reaction was to criticize the design of his competitor's prostheses as having given him an unfair advantage. Pistorius has since apologized for those remarks.
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Summer Nights: Ikaria, Greece

The Greek island of Ikaria is named after a boy who, according to myth, died after trying to fly with wings made of wax. Modern islanders aren't as ambitious but they do live longer — Ikaria is said to have the highest percentage of 99-year-olds in the world. Locals attribute the longevity to a low-stress lifestyle that pays no heed to time.
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For Afghan Girl, Going To School Is Act Of Bravery

Like countless other Afghan girls, Rahmaniya yearns to go to school. But her older brother wants her to stop going and to get married — and is threatening to kill her if she doesn't. Her plight highlights the difficulties many girls still face in the Taliban heartland if they want to get an education
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Pakistan's Transgenders In A Category Of Their Own

Transgender performers have long been accepted as entertainment at baby showers and weddings in Pakistan; they are thought to bring good luck. But despite a recent legal victory, they continue to face widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim country.

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