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London's Mayoral Race Features Two Political Heavyweights

It's a big day in British politics. Voting is underway in local elections that will, in part, be a verdict on the performance of the beleaguered government of Prime Minister David Cameron.
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Top Universities Expand Free Online Classes

Harvard and MIT are moving ambitiously into online education, jointly offering free classes to anyone in the world who wants to take them. The courses will include video lessons, quizzes and instant feedback. Online instruction has had a mixed track record, but the universities hope evolving technology will make it a powerful new tool to expand educational opportunities worldwide.
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Watching 'The Avengers' In India, With A Twist

Once, moviegoers in India waited patiently for the latest Hollywood releases to trickle their way over. That's no longer true for the big popcorn blockbusters like The Avengers, which was in 39 countries before its U.S. debut. A fan in India welcomes the change.
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Investors Flee Spain As Economy Spirals Downward

Spain has fallen back into recession. Meanwhile, its unemployment rate is the highest in Europe. And now investors are once again fleeing the country and interest rates on government debt are climbing.
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A Syrian Graffiti Artist, Defiant Until Death

Known as "the spray man," 23-year-old Nour Hatem Zahra helped organize protests and spray-painted anti-government slogans around Damascus, the Syrian capital. He died this week after security forces shot him. Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral.
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Cuba's New Mantra: Viva Private Business

Cuban President Raul Castro's economic reforms are taking on a new urgency as the island's biggest benefactor, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, battles cancer and faces re-election. Havana says nearly half of Cuba's economic activity will shift to the private sector in the next several years.

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