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Joan Of Arc's Star Power In Demand In France

In these uncertain economic times, French politicians are desperate for a dash of patriotism, heroism and glory. All are embodied in Joan of Arc, who was born 600 years ago this year. Long a symbol of the far right, President Nicolas Sarkozy muscled in on the birthday commemorations, hoping a bit of Joan's star power will rub off on him.
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After Hiatus, U.S. Launches Drone Attack In Pakistan

Reports out of Pakistan say the U.S. has launched a deadly drone strike on militants. The attack would be the first drone strike since the November incident that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. After that, relations with Pakistan soured even more so than they were before.
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Russia, A Nation Shaped By Tragedy And Hardship

Epic, colorful and fascinating, the nearly 6,000-mile Trans-Siberian railroad can also be a bit of an ordeal — as can much of life in Russia. It's a long-suffering place where national pride often grows from the most difficult times.

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