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Bolshoi Dancer Sentenced To Russian Penal Colony For Acid Attack

A former Bolshoi dancer was sentenced to six years in a penal colony for orchestrating an acid attack on the theater's artistic director. Pavel Dmitrichenko and two co-conspirators were sentenced on Tuesday. Melissa Block talks with New York Times reporter Andrew Roth, who was in the Moscow courtroom.
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Ukrainian President Withstands No-Confidence Vote Amid Protests

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Tuesday as the opposition failed to muster a majority to pass the measure. The opposition, and thousands of protesters now gathered in downtown Kiev, are demanding Yanukovitch's resignation because he refused to sign political and trade agreements with the European Union. Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, has been under intense pressure from Moscow to reject membership in the EU and to embrace closer trade ties with Russia and other countries that formerly belonged to the Soviet Union. The protesters in Kiev have vowed to continue their siege of government buildings.
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WATCH: Amazing Rescue Of Nigerian Man From Sunken Tugboat

A South African diving team expecting to find only bodies three days after the vessel sunk instead located the ship's cook, Harrison Okene, alive.
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Two Sisters, A Small Room And The World Behind A T-Shirt

The rise of factory jobs in Bangladesh has brought profound cultural changes to the country — and to the lives of two sisters who made the Planet Money T-shirt.
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North Korean Leader's Uncle Reportedly Sacked From Top Post

Jang Song Thaek, who was close to Kim Jong Un's late father, was reportedly dismissed from a top post on the country's key military committee. Two of his aides are said to have been executed.
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Some Turkish Churches Get Makeovers — As Mosques

A fifth century Byzantine monastery in Turkey is finally slated for renovation. But the government wants to turn it into a mosque. It's just one of several conversions of historically Christian sites that the government is considering, a move the country's dwindling number of Greeks decry.
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The High Price Egyptians Pay For Opposing Their Rulers

Prominent athletes, high school students and young girls have all been punished, and in some cases arrested, for expressing solidarity with protesters who were killed by Egypt's security forces.
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And The Award For Most Corrupt Nation Goes To ...

Transparency International's annual index found that the economic crisis in Europe and turmoil in Arab Spring countries contributed to increased corruption. But when it came to naming the single most corrupt country, it was a three-way tie.
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Dead Mice Update: Tiny Assassins Dropped On Guam Again

Brown tree snakes came to Guam aboard ships and planes decades ago. Since then, they've devastated the local bird population. Federal researchers continue to experiment with a unique way to kill the invaders: Drop mice laced with poison into the trees where the snakes hang out.
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American Held In North Korea Reportedly Oversaw Guerrilla Group In War

Some of Merrill Newman's former comrades say the group was "perhaps the most hated and feared fighters" of the Korean War. It's being put forward as a possible explanation for why the 85-year-old, who visited the country as a tourist in October, was detained.

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