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What Nations Were The Most Forward-Looking In 2012?

Germany was the world's most future-oriented country in 2012, followed by Switzerland and Japan, according to the "Future Orientation Index," which is based on Google searches. Scientists say the index is "strongly correlated" to economic health.
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Makeup Artist Who Created Yoda Dies; Stuart Freeborn Was 98

Though he may be best known for his work on Star Wars, Freeborn was already a makeup legend before those movies were made. He worked on Oliver Twist, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and other classics.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Iran's supreme leader rejects direct talks with the U.S. Turmoil in Tunisia following the assassination of an opposition leader. And the remains of England's Richard III are found and identified. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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African Forces Succeed Against Islamists In Somalia

French forces helped Mali push Islamist militants from that West African nation's north, and now they want to leave and hand over peacekeeping duties to an African force. Somalia, on the continent's east, has been guarded by an East African force since 2007, and is now experiencing a period of calm unprecedented in the past two decades.
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Criticism Against Egypt's Opposition Coalition Grows

Critics say Egypt's umbrellas opposition group, the National Salvation Front, or NSF, is slowly becoming a national joke. Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square say the opposition leadership is trying to manipulate popular anger in order to gain power.
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'Give Me The Money Or I'll Shoot The Trees'

A pristine rainforest in Ecuador sits on top of the equivalent of millions of barrels of oil. Ecuador has offered a deal to the rich countries of the world: Pay us billions of dollars, and we'll leave the rainforest untouched.
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Privatization Of Greek Assets Runs Behind Schedule

The sweeping fire sale is a requirement for multibillion-euro bailouts. And the Chinese, Russian and Arab companies lining up to take advantage of the steep discounts are making Greeks and other Europeans nervous.
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Air Base In Saudi Arabia Is Latest Drone Secret To Be Revealed

The Obama administration wanted to keep the existence of the base secret. It has been used to target al-Qaida members in Yemen.

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