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Deadly Explosions Rattle Cairo

There have been three deadly explosions in Cairo on Friday. First, a car bomb targeted Egypt police headquarters in the heart of Cairo. The bombings come on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.
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'Grammar Guerrillas' Correct Cambridge Street Signs

In England, when Cambridge removed apostrophes from its street signs, grammarians were aghast. The city council said apostrophes could confuse people. But the apostrophes have re-appeared — inked by what the Daily Mail calls "Grammar Guerrillas."
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Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals

Two weeks before the Winter Olympics, Russian security forces are reportedly searching for potential suicide bombers, at least one of whom may already be in the host city of Sochi. The suspects are thought to be linked to Islamist militants who want to create a fundamentalist Muslim state in Russia's North Caucasus Mountains.
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Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Might Be Heading For U.K.

The 300-foot Lyubov Orlova snapped its towline a year ago while en route to the scrapyard. The ship could contain hundreds of rats that have been eating themselves to survive.
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At The Barricades In Kiev, A City Seethes

Robert Siegel interviews journalist David Stern, who reports from the barricades created by protesters in Kiev. He describes the scene, as well as what the protesters are demanding from the Ukrainian government.
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Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape

A series of horrific cases have focused international attention on gang rapes in India. The latest case has a particularly sinister twist because it was allegedly punishment for a woman involved with a man from another community.
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Musical Theater Takes The Stage In Paris

Broadway musicals are seen in France as a strictly Anglo-Saxon form of entertainment. For a long time, French cultural elites considered them lowbrow and not serious culture. That perception is changing, though, as one of Paris' most revered theatres is presenting musical hit after musical hit. Parisians are now discovering and falling in love with high-quality entertainment that everyone can enjoy.
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Caretaker President Hopes To Steer The CAR Toward Peace

The Central African Republic has been unstable for decades, but the explosion of violence after a coup in 2013 was unprecedented — even for a country prone to turmoil and rebellion. The deadly clashes pit the forces of the former Muslim-led government against Christian militia groups in a predominantly Christian country. Before this, the CAR had not known such sectarian tension; Muslims and Christians had lived side-by-side in peace. Now, the newly-elected caretaker president, Catherine Samba-Panza, the first woman to hold the top job in the CAR, must try to restore calm, reconcile her divided country and organize elections next year.
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China Sends 500 Million Users On An Internet Detour

For up to eight hours on Wednesday, some 500 million people in China could not get web pages to load. It was an outage of epic proportions, which immediately spawned chatter and headlines wondering what exactly happened. The working theory right now? Rather than blocking websites, as intended, Chinese Internet restrictions actually redirected users to those same sites. For more information on the outage, Melissa Block talks to New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth.
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Jailed In North Korea: Five Americans Who Got Out

As Kenneth Bae pleads for release, here's a look how five other Americans detained in North Korea won freedom from the Kim clan's wardens. They include another missionary, journalists, a tourist and a businessman who went on to found a university in Pyongyang.

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