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In A Land Of Few Christians, Pope Will Reach Out To Muslims In Turkey

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pope Francis will meet with Turkey's Muslim leaders and the head of the Orthodox Church in what may be the most challenging trip of his young papacy.

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Sun, Sand And Offshore Drilling In Spain's Famed Canary Islands

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Highly reliant on oil imports, Spain's government is encouraging oil exploration off the coast of the Canary Islands. But locals say the drilling threatens the natural attractions that draw tourists.

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British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

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Unknowingly, British Farmer Uses Priceless Dagger As Doorstop

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A farmer in Rudham, England, has $65,000 to put toward a new doorstop because his current one was bought by a museum. It turns out the metal object he found was a 3,500-year-old dagger.

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Passengers Push Plane In Below Freezing Weather

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Amateur video captured the passengers giving it their all in arctic Russia this week. Though a tractor-trailer is also visible — likely doing the real work.

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Disabled Ship With Hundreds Of Migrants Aboard Towed To Crete

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Greek coast guard towed a crippled freighter with about 700 migrants on board to the island of Crete. It is the largest arrival of refugees to Europe in recent memory.

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Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lab scientists are trying to understand why some corpses buried in northwestern Poland were singled out for special anti-vampire treatments, such as putting a sickle around the neck.

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Shakespeare Folio Found In Small-Town French Library

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Copies of Shakespeare's first folio are some of the rarest books in the world — only about 230 copies survive. Surprisingly, another copy has been rediscovered in a public library in northern France.

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OPEC Ministers To Consider Cuts To Oil Production

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One of the most closely watched OPEC meeting in years takes place in Vienna on Thursday. Oil prices are at a four-year low and a push for a production cut is being stymied by Saudi intransigence.

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Though Usually Stoic, Merkel Shows Growing Ire With Russia

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has attacked Russian actions in Ukraine, telling the German parliament that it will take long-term sanctions and perseverance to end the crisis there.

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Tax Fraud Case In Spain Lingers Against Barcelona Soccer Star

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One of the world's most famous soccer players, Lionel Messi, has broken 2 of the game's greatest records in less than a week. But his future in Spain is clouded by a tax fraud case against him.

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The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.

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Hotel Looking For Guests With Social Media Clout

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The luxury hotel in Stockholm will let you stay for free if you have 2,000 friends on Facebook, or 100,000 fans on Instagram.

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Britain To Announce Sweeping Counterterrorism Legislation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The British government plans to introduce measures it says will help authorities combat terrorism. The proposed legislation includes a ban on insurance companies covering the cost of ransom demands.

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Polish Town Thinks Winnie The Pooh Needs A Pair Of Pants

Monday, November 24, 2014

The beloved storybook character probably won't have a new playground named after him in one Polish town. Some officials there complained about the bear's immodest clothing.

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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

Saturday, November 22, 2014

NPR's Scott Simon explains the controversy London Mayor Boris Johnson waded into recently. He's a U.S. citizen, and the Internal Revenue Service says he owes them taxes.

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Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

Friday, November 21, 2014

Touting the use of renewable energy, the Bath Bus Company says the Bio-Bus runs cleaner than a bus powered by a traditional diesel engine.

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Spanish Duchess Of Alba Remembered As A Colorful Figure

Friday, November 21, 2014

The funeral was held in Spain for the Duchess of Alba on Friday. She was one of Europe's most eccentric — and richest — aristocrats.

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Ex-News Of The World Editor Andy Coulson Freed From Prison

Friday, November 21, 2014

Coulson, who was found guilty of conspiracy to hack personal voice mails, was released today after serving less than five months of his 18-month sentence.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson Owes IRS Money, Won't Pay

Friday, November 21, 2014

Johnson holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, but hasn't lived in the U.S. since he was 5. He told WAMU's Diane Rehm Show that he had been billed for capital gains on the sale of his first home.

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