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It's Russian Mardi Gras: Time For Pancakes, Butter And Fistfights

Across Russia, pancakes and butter abound as the country marks a week-long celebration before the start of Orthodox Lent. Pagan in origin, Maslenitsa calls for plenty of eating, sledding, merrymaking – and even organized fistfights.
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In Argentina, The New Pope Has Many Supporters, And A Few Critics

The new pontiff is widely revered for his many years of work with the poor. But he has not been immune from criticism in a country that has gone through tumultuous times.
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Co-Founder Of Khmer Rouge Dies; Ieng Sary Escapes Judgment For Genocide

An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians were killed during the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror. As "Brother Number Three" in the leadership and foreign minister, Ieng Sary allegedly convinced many Cambodians who had fled to return. Then, many were allegedly tortured and executed.
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Why North Korea Makes Everyone Nervous ... Except Dennis Rodman

North Korea's threats have put the other countries in the region on edge. South Korea, Japan and China have a history of strained ties, but are united in wanting to restrain North Korea.
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Pope Francis Begins With Prayer, Turns To Challenges

The first pope from the New World must now confront some old problems. He's begun his first full day as head of the church by slipping out of the Vatican to visit an ancient basilica. There, he quietly prayed with priests.
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Pope Francis: A Saintly Name, Hold The 'I'

After his election as pope Wednesday, Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose a name that, for many Catholics, sent an immediate signal of his goal to unite the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis. The name also prompted some confusion — over whether it should include "I."
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New Pope 'A Fresh Start,' But Old Problems Are Waiting

Pope Francis is the first pope from Latin America, a choice that makes sense strategically as the church becomes less Europe-centric. But how he will direct the church, which is still dealing with the fallout of the sexual abuse crisis and other challenges, remains unclear.

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Yes, The New Pope Cooks, But He's No Foodie

One of the first personal tidbits to emerge about Pope Francis: He cooks for himself. But austerity and humility are two of the new pontiff's defining characteristics. And they seem to extend to his eating habits.
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U.S. Troops Train For Possible Mission To Secure Syrian Chemical Agents

The Syrians are believed to have hundreds of tons of chemical agents. NPR has learned that the 82nd Airborne Division just wrapped up a nine-day training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., to get ready for a possible mission to deal with those deadly chemicals.

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