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Swedish Official Calls 'Racist Cake' A Piece Of Provocative Art

Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth is under fire for smilingly cutting into a cake in the shape of a naked African woman. The artist who made it says it was meant to call attention to the problem of female genital mutilation.
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Syrian Ceasefire Is Increasingly Under Threat

In Syria, a ceasefire that's part of a United Nations-Arab League peace plan is unraveling just six days after it got underway. Once again, dozens of people are dying each day as the Syrian military pounds the cities and towns that have most fiercely resisted the government. Opposition rebels are fighting back.
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French Village Takes Stock Of Election Issues

In the tiny village of Marcoles in the French heartland, the political debate over security and terrorism is hardly what concerns people. In such places, where young people often leave for the city, the future is about creating jobs and a spirit of community and solidarity.
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Egypt's Banned Candidates Vow Not To Go Quietly

Election officials upheld their ban of nearly half of the presidential candidates running in next month's contest. Among them are two leading Islamist candidates and the intelligence chief for former President Hosni Mubarak. The decision radically alters the race for a post that will shape Egypt's political landscape.
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Britons Revel In Their Sporting Inventions

The British tend to believe they invented pretty much every form of sport. They're even convinced they dreamed up the modern Olympic Games — thanks to an exercise-mad 19th century doctor.

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