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Egypt Ratchets Up Case Against Satirist, Threatens To Close TV Station

Opponents of President Morsi say Bassem Youssef's questioning, along with arrest warrants issued against five anti-government activists, demonstrate a campaign by the president to intimidate his critics.
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No April Fool's Joke: Samoa Air Charges Passengers By Weight

The airline says it's a fairer system that saves some passengers money. The news comes just days after an economist in Norway argued that charging passengers by weight would benefit them in the long run.
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Once Championed By Putin, Medvedev Falls Precipitously Out Of Favor

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is under attack these days — and is receiving no support from his erstwhile political partner, President Vladimir Putin. Though loyal and cautious, Medvedev became a magnet for the opposition, who sought an alternative to Putin. Now, observers say, it's only a matter of time before Medvedev is ousted.
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Hisham Matar: A 'Return' To Libya In Search Of His Father

The writer's family was living in Egypt, in exile from Libya, when Matar's father, a prominent opponent of the Qaddafi regime, was kidnapped, taken back to Libya, and imprisoned. That was in March 1990, and it was the last time Matar saw his father. After the revolution in March 2012, Matar returned to look for his father or at least try to find out what became of him.
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From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they're a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef. And the animals are also showing up in more U.S. restaurants.

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U.N. Approves Treaty To Regulate Multibillion-Dollar Global Arms Trade

The goal of the Arms Trade Treaty, which the U.N. has sought for more than a decade, is to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime.

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