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Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music

Afghanistan is a poor country with very expensive weddings. There is no alcohol, the sexes are completely segregated, and the families may negotiate over the dowry right up to the last minute.
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These Cookbook Photos Redefine What Fresh Seafood Looks Like

Famed French chef Eric Ripert specializes in seafood. So for his book On the Line, photographers Shimon and Tammar Rothstein really wanted to highlight the freshness of his ingredients. Their solution? Make the fish look as if they were still alive.
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Popping A Baby Out Like A Cork, And Other Birth Innovations

With babies getting bigger and moms' pelvises getting smaller, it's no wonder moms have problems in delivery these days. Inventors have come up with all kinds of devices to help babies into the world. Some seem promising, but others are a little far-fetched.
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U.S. Apologizes For Airstrike That Killed Afghan Child

The strike also killed a militant, the U.S.-led international coalition says. The deaths come as the two countries negotiate a bilateral security pact that would keep up to 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdraws its combat forces by the end of next year.
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Prominent Egyptian Blogger Arrested

Alaa Abdel-Fattah rose to fame during the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Police arrested him late Thursday under a controversial new law that bans unauthorized protests.
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Chinese Welcome Easing Of One-Child Policy, But Can They Afford It?

Demographers say China needs more children because the country is aging and the workforce is shrinking. But raising kids costs so much these days that many parents are expected to forgo the option of having a second child.
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China Sends Warplanes To Air Defense Zone

The flights are the latest developments regarding the disputed zone staked out by China. The U.S., Japan and South Korea have all sent military aircraft through the zone to show they have no intention of respecting it. The zone over the East China Sea overlaps with areas claimed by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
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Japanese 'Prince' Switched At Birth Was Raised A Pauper

A court has ruled that a social welfare organization that ran a hospital where the mix-up occurred must pay the man about $317,000 for causing him "mental distress by depriving him of an opportunity to gain a higher education." The 60-year-old man is a truck driver. The boy raised in his place by the rich family became the president of a real estate company.
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18 Sunnis Found Shot Dead In Iraq

The discovery is reminiscent of the period following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq when Sunni and Shiite death squads roamed the streets. More than 5,000 people have been killed this year, making it one of the deadliest years in Iraq since violence hit a peak in 2006-'07.
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Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills At Least 2 In Pakistan

The incident comes amid growing controversy in Pakistan over U.S. drone attacks. The dead are thought to be civilians, according to Pakistani officials. The Associated Press says the strike killed a member of the Pakistani Taliban.

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