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A Biography Of 'Boo' Across The World

Halloween is "boo" day. For such a short word, it's remarkably effective, and uttered — or shouted — in many parts of the world. Where did it come from and why is it so satisfying to say?
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Why Is North Korea Freaked Out About The Threat Of Ebola?

Fear of the virus has prompted Pyongyang to ban tourism and quarantine all foreigners. It's a curious stance since the Hermit Kingdom has plenty of other, more pressing health woes.
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After Mass Protests, Hungary Gives Up On Internet Tax

The government had proposed taxing Internet usage, but opponents claimed it the government was trying to impose a digital iron curtain on Hungary.
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Why My Grandma Never Had A Pap Smear

Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are far away, cultural biases may keep them away. Now an inexpensive test lets them do it themselves.
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No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks

The French town of Vendargues has banned people from dressing up as clowns for a month starting today. The move follows violent incidents across the country involving teens dressed as clowns.
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Israel Reopens Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem To Worshippers

The Temple Mount, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, was closed Thursday following the attempted assassination of a right-wing Jewish activist. More than 1,000 security personnel have been deployed.
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Burkina Faso's Military Takes Power After President Resigns

Blaise Compaore, who ruled the West African country for 27 years after he seized power in a coup, agreed to resign after riots in the capital demanding his ouster.
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What Was The Result Of U.S. Attack Against Khorasan Group In Syria?

More than a month after the U.S. targeted a shadowy al-Qaida bomb-making group known as the Khorasan in Syria with Tomahawk cruise missiles, little is known about the impact of that attack.
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With Shift From Ukraine To Russia, Crimea's Business And Pleasure Uprooted

Crimeans are adjusting to Russian control in small and big ways, like rooting for a new soccer team and finding new ways to make a living.
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Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe

Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.

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