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East Timor bids farewell to peacekeepers after 13 years
East Timor bids farewell to peacekeepers after 13 years

The UN ends its peacekeeping mission in East Timor Monday after 13 years of boots on the ground in Asia's youngest nation following a bloody transition to independence.

East Timor bids farewell to peacekeepers after 13 years
Louis XVI. Photo courtesy of carmagnole-liberte.fr
Dried squash holds headless French king's blood: study

Two centuries after the French people beheaded Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, scientists believe they have authenticated the remains of one such rag kept as a revolutionary souvenir.

Dried squash holds headless French king's blood: study
Asian student survivors of Hiroshima to be honoured
Asian student survivors of Hiroshima to be honoured

Hiroshima University said Thursday it would bestow honorary doctorates on three former students from Southeast Asia who survived the 1945 atomic bombing of the Japanese city.

Asian student survivors of Hiroshima to be honoured
'Lost tribe' members migrate from India to Israel
'Lost tribe' members migrate from India to Israel

Fifty members of an Indian community believed to be descendants of one of the lost tribes of Israel arrived on Monday in the Jewish state, completing their immigration.

'Lost tribe' members migrate from India to Israel
Popol Vuh: the Mayan holy book
Popol Vuh: the Mayan holy book

Before the creation of the Earth, there was only silence and darkness, only the sky and the sea until the deities Tepeu and Gucumatz created trees, animals and man -- so says the Mayan holy book.

Popol Vuh: the Mayan holy book
India condemns N. Korea rocket launch, tests own missile
India condemns N. Korea rocket launch, tests own missile

India condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Wednesday even as it tested one of its own ballistic weapons, which were developed when India was a nuclear pariah itself.

India condemns N. Korea rocket launch, tests own missile
A human rights activist holds up a portrait of late former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. ©REUTERS
Pinochet knew details of rights abuses: ex-judge

Late Chilean general Augusto Pinochet was well aware of crimes committed by his secret police during the country's military dictatorship.

Pinochet knew details of rights abuses: ex-judge
Xi's Shenzhen visit a sign of reform: Chinese media
Xi's Shenzhen visit a sign of reform: Chinese media

China's new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has signalled his commitment to push for economic reforms by visiting the city of Shenzhen, the historic hub of modernisation.

Xi's Shenzhen visit a sign of reform: Chinese media
Public to get access to ancient Mexican beach rock carvings
Public to get access to ancient Mexican beach rock carvings

Thousands of years ago, long before Spanish conquistadores raided Mexico, ancient people carved circles, spirals and drawings of bow hunters into volcanic rocks dotting a Pacific beach.

Public to get access to ancient Mexican beach rock carvings
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North Korean 'unicorn' claim lost in translation

An apparent North Korean claim to have uncovered a "unicorn's lair" that created an Internet storm was partly the result of mistranslation by Pyongyang's much-mocked propaganda machine.

North Korean 'unicorn' claim lost in translation
Largest 'dirty war' trial opens in Argentina
Largest 'dirty war' trial opens in Argentina

A trial involving almost 800 cases of human rights abuses during Argentina's 1976-1983 military junta got under way Wednesday, chronicling the use of torture and murder during the dictatorship.

Largest 'dirty war' trial opens in Argentina
Philippines says 146 Marcos paintings missing
Philippines says 146 Marcos paintings missing

More than 140 paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and other masters which were bought with stolen funds by former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos remain missing.

Philippines says 146 Marcos paintings missing
Gun from Australia's Kelly gang sells for $126,000
Gun from Australia's Kelly gang sells for $126,000

A gun used by the brother of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly during their gang's infamous last stand against police in 1880 has sold for Aus$122,000 (US$126,000) at a Melbourne auction.

Gun from Australia's Kelly gang sells for $126,000
Genius or clown? Paris show weighs Dali legacy
Genius or clown? Paris show weighs Dali legacy

Twirling his waxed moustache, Salvador Dali's larger-than-life figure was beamed into millions of homes in the 1960s, his televised antics bringing huge fame, but burning his bridges with the art world.

Genius or clown? Paris show weighs Dali legacy
Vandals steal ancient rock carvings in California
Vandals steal ancient rock carvings in California

Vandals have stolen at least four ancient rock carvings, apparently using cement-cutting circular saws to slice them out of a valuable archeological site in California.

Vandals steal ancient rock carvings in California
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Water tensions overflow in ex-Soviet Central Asia

The ex-Soviet states of Central Asia are engaged in an increasingly bitter standoff over water resources, adding another element of instability to the volatile region neighbouring Afghanistan.

Water tensions overflow in ex-Soviet Central Asia
50 years since Solzhenitsyn Gulag story shocked USSR
50 years since Solzhenitsyn Gulag story shocked USSR

The Soviet Union 50 years ago allowed publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's landmark account of life in the Stalin prison camps "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich", shocking readers by revealing a hitherto hidden horror.

50 years since Solzhenitsyn Gulag story shocked USSR
Radium Mine' by Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson. Photo courtesy of ca.news.yahoo.com
Painting tied to Manhattan Project to be auctioned

A 74-year-old painting depicting the Canadian mine that produced uranium for the world's first atomic bomb will go under the hammer in Toronto on November 22, set to fetch up to Can$300,000.

Painting tied to Manhattan Project to be auctioned
Obama wins re-election, makes history again
Obama wins re-election, makes history again

US President Barack Obama swept to re-election Tuesday, creating history again by defying the undertow of a slow economic recovery and high unemployment to beat Republican foe Mitt Romney.

Obama wins re-election, makes history again
Myanmar minorities fight to save mother tongue
Myanmar minorities fight to save mother tongue

For half a century a single precious copy of a textbook kept the language of Myanmar's Shan people alive for students, forced to learn in the shadows under a repressive junta.

Myanmar minorities fight to save mother tongue