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Freed Greenpeace protester: Russia owes me a medal for trying to save its environment

Greenpeace campaigner Dima Litvinov, first of imprisoned protesters to be freed, tells of relief at leaving Russia

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'His Day is Done': Dr. Maya Angelou writes moving poem in honor of Nelson Mandela

Angelou's poem, His Day is Done, is circulated in 15 languages as a tribute to Mandela 'on behalf of the American people'

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Pakistan on high alert after Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud killed by U.S. drone strike

Government says death of Hakimullah Mehsud has destroyed attempts to hold peace talks with Islamist militants

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Boston police chief 'fine' with calls for marathon bomb suspect's execution

Edward Davis says he would have no sympathy for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if, as expected, prosecutors push for death sentence

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Israel to begin 'Palestinians-only' buses

Service will ferry workers from the Palestinian town of Qalqiliya across the border of the West Bank towards Tel Aviv

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Egypt protests galvanized by video of police beating naked man

Opponents of Mohamed Morsi say the footage proves that the president has chosen to order a brutal crackdown

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'Here Comes the Sun' flashmob cheers Spanish unemployment office

A flashmob of musicians organised by radio show serenades long queue of people at Madrid office amid harsh winter of austerity

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White House petition urging building of Death Star rejected because 'administration does not support blowing up planets'

The US government has rejected a petition urging it to build a "Death Star", claiming it was too expensive, conceptually flawed and did not fit in with the policy of not blowing up planets.

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Countess of Wemyss winning support to change world's drug laws

The proud owner of a country estate and an aristocratic title, Amanda Feilding, Countess of Wemyss and March, might seem an unlikely campaigner for the reform of laws criminalising recreational drugs. But no one can say she hasn't put the hours in.

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Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Cambodia for copyright violations

A founder of the Pirate Bay filesharing website has been arrested in Cambodia at the request of Swedish police.

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Officials from across the Americas to meet regarding Assange flap

The diplomatic row between Britain and Ecuador over the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is to be discussed by foreign ministers from across the Americas next week.

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Massive Mars crater image beamed back by NASA rover 'Opportunity'

NASA scientists say crater, formed by an impact billions of years ago, is the largest yet encountered

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Gabriel García Márquez's writing career ended by dementia

Brother of Nobel prize-winning Colombian writer says side-effects of cancer treatment have accelerated his decline

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Julian Assange rejects police request to surrender for breaking bail terms

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has said that he will ignore a request by the police to give himself up because he fears that the US has secret plans to extradite him to Washington.

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