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World News: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq Bombings: Libyan Kidnappings; Rio's Christ Statue Storm Damage; Fish Attack in Argentina

Updated: 01/19/2014 - US condemns deadly Taliban attack in Afghanistan... Syrian opposition to attend peace conference... More deaths in Iraq bombings... Inspectors arrive in Iran to monitor nuclear deal... Obama tells Germans spying won't damage ties... 2 Italians kidnapped by gunmen in eastern Libya... Egypt: 98.1 percent of voters approve constitution... Rio's iconic Christ statue damaged in storm... Argentina: 10 injured in carnivorous fish attack...

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Day in History: Free Speech; 1st Presidential TV News Conference; Iran Hostages; Beatles Reunion Nixed

Posted: 01/19/2014 - On Jan 19 - In 1764, John Wilkes was expelled from the British Parliament for seditious libel and obscenity (the former charge was for criticizing a speech delivered by King George III; the latter, for penning a pornographic parody of Alexander Pope's "Essay on Man")... In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower... In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months... In 1976, promoter Bill Sargent offered The Beatles at least $30 million to reunite for a concert in the U.S. Sargent estimated that the reunion show could gross up to $300 million. They refused...

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Japan: Husband Throwing Competition!

Updated: 01/17/2014 - Husband-throwing in snow may not be an Olympic sport yet, but in Japan's central prefecture of Niigata, it has been going on since the 18th Century.

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China: Pets Go Skiing With Their Owners!

Updated: 01/16/2014 - A skiing competition was held for pets and their owners on Sunday (January 12) in China's central Henan Province, local media reported.

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Heatwave Gripping Australia

Updated: 01/15/2014 - Australia is cooking in a dangerous heatwave, with many people heading to the coastline to escape the furnace.

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Benghazi Documents Have Been Released

Updated: 01/14/2014 - The house armed services committee is released classified documents on the attack on the US compound in Benghazi.

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US News: WVa Spill; Neiman Marcus Hacked; Cat in Drainpipe; Weather Channel Says You Cannot Live Without Them

Posted: 01/12/2014 - Tap water may be out for days after W.Va. spill... Weather stops Idaho plane crash recovery; 5 dead... Search resumes for missing 7-week-old Memphis girl... Federal Reserve paid government $77.7B in 2013... VA under fire for proposed disability filing rule... Neiman Marcus is a victim of cyber security attack... Sharon remembered as leader dedicated to Israel... Black rhino hunting permit auctioned for $350,000... Cat rescued after 3 winter days in Ohio drainpipe... Virgin Galactic spaceship makes successful flight... Weather Channel claims Direct TV is endangering lives...

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World News: Hardline in Middle East; Can Iraq, Afghanistan Quell the Violence?;

Posted: 01/12/2014 - Abbas says he won't make concessions on Jerusalem... Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon dies at 85... Iran: Initial deal on implementing nuclear deal... Iraq: at least 60 killed in 2 weeks Anbar violence... Afghan officials say own troops to secure election... Official: Clash between 2 tribes in Libya kills 15... Report: Military chief urges Egyptians to vote... Africa sees violent, deadly start to 2014... Ukraine: Opposition leader injured in clashes... 5 die as helicopter crashes in Colombia...

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Australia Residents Explore Giant Inflatable Maze

Updated: 01/10/2014 - A multicoloured structure with seemingly no end in sight. At fifty-three metres in length and nine metres in height this inflatable maze - named Exxopolis Luminarium - is a sight to behold.

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Canada: Polar Bear Cup Takes First Steps

Updated: 01/09/2014 - A polar bear cub is showing off his stride this week at the Toronto Zoo. One of the newest additions to the zoo took his first steps on Monday, January 6th. These steps are a big deal for this little guy because his journey from day 1 has not been an easy one.

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US News: More Meat for School Lunches; Planes Land on Highway, in Ocean; US Icebreaker on Rescue in Antarctica

Updated: 01/05/2014 - USDA allows more meat, grains in school lunches... 3rd person dies after Minn. apartment explosion... Small plane removed from NYC highway... 2 survive small-plane crash off California coast... US icebreaker to rescue 2 ships in Antarctica... Ex-first lady Barbara Bush leaves Houston hospital... Texas ranchers hit hard by drought eye rebuilding... NY set to allow limited use of medical marijuana...

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