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Chinese Year Of The Dragon Postage Stamp Deemed 'Too Ferocious'

To welcome the Year of the Dragon, China's postal service plans to release commemorative postage stamps featuring the fabled beast. But many customers are finding the image to be a little over the top.
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N. Korean Kaesong Workers Mourn Kim Jong Il

The Kaesong Industrial Complex is a joint North Korea and South Korea experiment. Every day hundreds of workers from South Korea go to work in North Korea, and thousands of workers from North Korea go to jobs in South Korean factories at the complex. The atmosphere was heavy after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died.
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Stolen E.T. Statue Returned To Owner

A British woman had a break-in back in September, and thieves stole a life-size statue of E.T. She thought it was gone for good until last week, when a passerby saw it floating in a river and called the police. They reunited the statue with its owner.
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Britain's Cameron Remains Popular Despite Bad Press

After a tumultuous 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron has still come out on top and is more popular than others in his coalition government. Linda Wertheimer talks to Mehdi Hasan, a senior editor at the New Statesman magazine in London, to gauge what the year ahead looks like for Cameron.
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2 Foreign Firms Invest In U.S. Energy Sector

Chinese company Sinopec will invest $2.2 billion into a joint venture with Devon Energy of Oklahoma City. The deal would give Sinopec a partial interest in five oil and gas fields. And, French company Total will invest $2.3 billion with Chespeake Energy. The deals show how hydraulic fracturing technology is sparking interest in U.S. oil and gas production.
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Syrian Uprising Raises The Specter Of Sectarian War

A major factor in the Syrian revolt is the battle between sectarian groups. The Assad family and the minority Alawites have held the top jobs for decades, and feel they would be trampled if the majority Sunni Muslims come to power. These sectarian tensions are never far from the surface in the Middle Eastern nations going through upheavals.

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