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Cool Runnings: The One-Man, East Timor Version

Before he could be sent to Sochi, Yohan Goutt Goncalves, 19, first had to take the unusual step of creating his country's national skiing federation.
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The Coup Goes To Court: Ousted Pres. Morsi On Trial In Cairo

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was in a Cairo courtroom on Tuesday, seen and heard for only the second time since he was thrust from office in a military coup last July. Morsi and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood are facing charges of collusion with Hamas and Hezbollah during the 2011 uprising against the Mubarak regime.
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Free Speech In Egypt, Where A Tweet Can Mean Indictment

Former President Mohammed Morsi is not the only Egyptian citizen under indictment by the military-led government that ousted him. Former lawmaker and political scientist Amr Hamzawy was also recently charged — in his case, for insulting the judiciary in a tweet. Robert Siegel speaks with Hamzawy about the state of freedoms in Egypt under military rule.
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Comedian Runs Afoul Of France's Strict Laws On Hate Speech

French police raided the offices and home of a controversial comedian on Tuesday.The comedian, known by his stage name of Dieudonne, has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks during his performances. The French government has banned his current show, claiming it is a threat to public order.
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Days Of Turmoil Test Stability Of Emerging Markets

Financial markets around the world are enjoying a day of relative calm after a flare-up in emerging markets. India hiked interest rates and Turkey's central bank is considering doing the same thing as both countries search for ways to limit the fallout. Many emerging markets have made changes that make them less vulnerable to volatility.
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German Economic Fears May Have Roots In Age-Old Prejudice

With Bulgaria and Romania now full-fledged members of the EU, the number of citizens from those countries migrating to Germany for economic reasons is expected to double. That's causing worry in Germany — much of it apparently unfounded — that these migrants will be a drain on the German welfare system. As it turns out, this concern may simply be a way of justifying long-standing prejudice against the Roma.
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In Israeli Prison, An Elaborate Theater Of Interrogation

Palestinian Ala'a Miqbel thought he was going for a brief interview with Israeli security for a permit for work travel to the West Bank. Instead, he was arrested and taken to prison. There, he met Palestinian informants known as "sparrows," who masquerade as fellow prisoners and elicit information for the Israelis.
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Remaking All That Jazz From Shanghai's Lost Era

Many Shanghai jazz standards of the 1930s and '40s were banned in China after the Chinese Communist Party took over. But they reemerged decades later through cover versions. Now, the songs are back again in a new cover album by a Chinese-American electronic artist and a jazz singer from Shanghai.
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China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Doomed On The Moon

Chinese officials recently announced the rover was experiencing mechanical difficulties, and now observers believe its done for. But the thirst for more moon missions may be spreading in China.
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China Is Poised To Force 'Times' Reporter Out Of Country

The development comes despite objections from Vice President Joe Biden, who has urged senior officials in Beijing not to punish U.S. journalists with de facto expulsion. China has not granted a request for a new visa that was made last summer.

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