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After Two Years In Hiding, A Bahraini Blogger Escapes

Ali Abdulemam was perhaps the most prominent online activist in Bahrain when he went into hiding in March 2011 to avoid arrest. He recently escaped the Gulf nation and made his first public appearance in more than two years on Wednesday.
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Pffff: Hong Kong's Six-Story Rubber Ducky's Been Deflated

But fear not, ducky fans. The floating work of art is going to be reinflated. It's just down for maintenance. See the before and after photos.
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Young Afghan Entrepreneur Capitalizes On Opportunities

Fahim Hashemi, 33, built a conglomerate from scratch. He owns a TV channel, an airline and supplies the Afghan National Army with boots and fuel. He got his start early in the war as a translator to U.S. and British forces.
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Wal-Mart Won't Sign Pact, Has Own Way To Protect Workers

Following a factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people, Wal-Mart has declined to join a multi-company factory safety accord to try to prevent future disasters. Instead, the world's largest retailer announced its own set of inspection and safety measures.
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'Revolutions' Unfold Within Oil Industry

In the stodgy world of global oil, we don't hear the term revolution tossed around very often. But oil analysts are watching dramatic change take place on the supply side of the industry. Things like where the oil is coming from and who is buying it.
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Benghazi Review Board Chair Asks Issa For Chance To Testify

Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering says he and Adm. Michael Mullen should be allowed to clear up 'unfounded' criticisms against the investigative board.
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Road Crew In Belize Destroys Ancient Pyramid

Only a small core of the 2,300-year-old Mayan structure remains after earth-moving equipment destroyed the rest, archaeologists say.
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A Sign Of Disunity? Iranian Candidates Jockey For Position

The country is gearing up for a presidential election next month, and the lack of a clear front-runner, analysts say, is a sign the political elite isn't united behind a single candidate. The late entrance of a former president, in particular, will likely alter the shape of the race.

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