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  • Troubled Ethiopia-Somalia history haunts Horn of Africa

    Five hundred years ago, an Imam who ruled much of what is now Somalia, led a daring invasion of Christian Ethiopia, looting monasteries, burning down churches and slaying all who resisted.

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    01 Jan 12
  • To match feature DIAGEO/SMIRNOFF

    (Reuters) – Vodkas flavored with citrus and berry have been around for years and recently some newer brands have been trying to create buzz with unusual flavors. But this holiday season, for the first time, …

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    29 Dec 11
  • Elvis the crocodile attacks a lawnmower at the Australian Reptile Park in Gosford, north of Sydney

    (Reuters) – Two workers at a reptile park near Sydney were all shook up Wednesday, running for their lives when a 500 kg crocodile named Elvis suddenly lunged at them, making off with their lawnmower. …

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    29 Dec 11
  • Crime scene cleanup ad lifts Handel’s Messiah

    (Reuters) – Who says beautiful music and blood spatter cleanup can’t go together. When Chorus North Shore performs Handel’s Messiah or Verdi’s Requiem, the Boston-area group usually can count on Timothy Riley and his crime …

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    28 Dec 11
  • Stressed Chinese fight back – with pillows

    (Reuters) – A whirlwind of pillows bearing the names of bosses and teachers filled the air as hundreds of Chinese gathered to blow off stress in Shanghai, staging a massive pillow battle. The annual event …

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    28 Dec 11
  • Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, raises his hands in prayer at her grave to mark her death anniversary at the Bhutto family mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, near Larkana December 26, 2011

    Pakistan’s embattled but defiant President Asif Ali Zardari used the fourth anniversary of the death of his wife Benazir Bhutto to ensure supporters he would not resign in the face of numerous crises building around him.

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    27 Dec 11
  • A member of the clergy guides security forces through the scene of a car bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 25, 2011. Islamist militant group Boko Haram said it planted bombs that exploded on Christmas Day at churches in Nigeria, one of which killed at least 27 people on the outskirts of the capital.

    Islamist militants set off bombs across Nigeria on Christmas Day – three targeting churches including one that killed at least 27 people – raising fears that they are trying to ignite sectarian civil war.

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    25 Dec 11
  • Iraqi security forces inspect the site of the bomb attack in Baghdad's Shaab District, northern Baghdad, December 22, 2011.

    A wave of bombings killed at least 72 people in Baghdad Thursday, the first attacks since Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government was engulfed in a crisis that risks fracturing the country along sectarian and ethnic lines.

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    22 Dec 11