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Olympics: 2012 Games a world away from London 1948
Olympics: 2012 Games a world away from London 1948

The razzmatazz of the London 2012 Olympics is a world away from the last Games held in London in 1948, when athletes had to survive on rations, stitch their own kit and wash it themselves.

Olympics: 2012 Games a world away from London 1948
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Historic US town of two goes on auction block

A historic American town with a population of two people will be auctioned off on August 15, the auctioneers Williams & Williams said Thursday.

Historic US town of two goes on auction block
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Tongan wreck may be pirate treasure ship: official

Divers in Tonga have discovered a shipwreck believed to be a pirate vessel that folklore says sank in the 19th century with a hold full of treasure, officials in the Pacific nation said Thursday.

Tongan wreck may be pirate treasure ship: official
Olympics: Heady mantle of world's fastest man
Olympics: Heady mantle of world's fastest man

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis cannot be easy, but Usain Bolt has carried the heady mantle of the world's fastest man with a fun-loving dignity.

Olympics: Heady mantle of world's fastest man
Mystery, anger surround Wallenberg's USSR disappearance
Mystery, anger surround Wallenberg's USSR disappearance

Over 67 years since he disappeared into the Soviet prison system, the fate of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg remains shrouded in mystery despite decades of work to find the truth.

Mystery, anger surround Wallenberg's USSR disappearance
Fifty years on, everyone still wants a piece of Marilyn
Fifty years on, everyone still wants a piece of Marilyn

The first thing you notice when you see Marilyn Monroe's full-length gloves in the storeroom of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is how small her hands were.

Fifty years on, everyone still wants a piece of Marilyn
Sun-powered plane returns home after historic flight
Sun-powered plane returns home after historic flight

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse landed back home in Switzerland late Tuesday after completing the final leg of its historic transcontinental flight.

Sun-powered plane returns home after historic flight
Warsaw to mark start of Nazis' 1942 ghetto deportation
Warsaw to mark start of Nazis' 1942 ghetto deportation

Poland is preparing to mark one of the darkest episodes of the Holocaust, when the country's Nazi German occupiers launched an operation to kill the population of the Jewish ghetto they created in Warsaw.

Warsaw to mark start of Nazis' 1942 ghetto deportation
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Czechs pass $3.6-billion religious property restitution

Czech lawmakers passed a bill Saturday on the restitution of assets worth up to 2.95 billion euros ($3.6 billion) seized from 17 religious denominations by Czechoslovakia's communist regime in 1948-89.

Czechs pass $3.6-billion religious property restitution
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Olympics: Champions suffer bitter twist of fate

Olympic Games medallists don't always live happily ever after.

Olympics: Champions suffer bitter twist of fate
Rolling Stones band members (L-R) Charles Watts, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. ©REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Rolling Stones keep giving satisfaction, 50 years on

Most London shoppers rush by 165 Oxford Street without a second glance -- but it was here 50 years ago that The Rolling Stones played their first gig and changed the landscape of pop music forever.

Rolling Stones keep giving satisfaction, 50 years on
Palestinians hail 'historic' Bethlehem UNESCO move
Palestinians hail 'historic' Bethlehem UNESCO move

The Palestinians hailed Friday's granting by UNESCO of world heritage status to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem as an "historic day for justice."

Palestinians hail 'historic' Bethlehem UNESCO move
Abai Qunanbayuli, Kazakh philosopher and poet.
Unique manyscript written by Abay found in Almaty

A unique manuscript written by Abay Kunanbayev, Kazakh prominent philosopher and poet, was found in the State Museum of Kazakhstan.

Unique manyscript written by Abay found in Almaty
Akhmet Yassaui prophet
Ahmet Yasawi manuscript found in Kokshetau museum

A unique manuscript of legendary Divani Khikmet text, written by Khoja Ahmet Yasawi was found in Kokshetau museum.

Ahmet Yasawi manuscript found in Kokshetau museum