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Global Health Expert Chosen As World Bank Nominee

President Obama's pick to lead the World Bank is an unconventional choice with a background in global health and development. The current monetary group head has a trade and economic background. Jim Yong Kim currently serves as president of Dartmouth College.
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Europe's Mixed Record On Animal Antibiotics

Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to proceed with a 1977 plan to outlaw the use of certain antibiotics as growth promotion drugs for livestock. American farmers are unsure about how this could impact their industry, but there's a real-world example that provides some answers: Europe, and specifically Denmark.
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Ceremony Plays 'Borat' Anthem By Mistake

Kazakhstan won the game but lost the award ceremony. A parody of the country's national anthem was played by mistake after a Kazakh athlete won a gold medal. Organizers of the shooting competition in Kuwait are apologizing for playing the Kazakhstan anthem from the comedy movie Borat. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish explain.
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For Hong Kong And Mainland, Distrust Only Grows

A recent ad in a leading Hong Kong newspaper likened mainland Chinese to "locusts" stripping Hong Kong bare. The ad is just one example of simmering tensions between locals and mainlanders that persist 15 years after the former British colony reverted to Chinese sovereignty.
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At 100, Cuban All-Star To Get A Pension At Last

The oldest living former major league baseball player lives in Cuba. Conrado "Connie" Marrero pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s. Now blind and unable to walk, Marrero still remembers striking out Joe DiMaggio. And the former pitcher is finally getting a pension.
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Mali's Coup: Echoes From A Turbulent Past

The military coup in Mali brings back unhappy memories of a time when such overthrows were common in Africa and Latin America. The past two decades have seen stronger democratic institutions in both regions, but the Malian coup is a reminder that such gains can be reversed.

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