'Bei Bei' the giant panda cub makes public debut at National Zoo

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  • Jan 17, 2016
A nearly five-month-old giant panda made his public debut on Saturday at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, where he mostly slept through visits by dozens of tourists eager for a first glimpse at the pudgy cub.Bei Bei was born on Aug. 22 to th...
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Robert Loggia, 'Scarface' and 'Big' actor, dies at 85

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  • Dec 05, 2015
Robert Loggia, the gravelly voiced character actor who danced with Tom Hanks on a giant floor keyboard in "Big," fought aliens in "Independence Day" and trafficked in drugs in "Scarface," died on Friday at age 85, his widow said.Loggia, who was nominat...
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Mexican artist Toledo mourns disappeared, murdered in new show

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  • Dec 17, 2015
OAXACA, Mexico Bloodshot faces, baked into ceramic pots, grimace in pain. Gnarled fingers poke from ashen clay. A skull and hands, the only remains of a body, grip the top of a wall, trying to escape.They are among more than 100 pieces created by Franc...
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'The Kiss' and other Rodin bronzes up for auction in Paris

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  • Feb 11, 2016
PARIS Five small bronze statues by French 19th century sculptor Auguste Rodin will be auctioned in Paris next week, including a cast of his celebrated "The Kiss", which is estimated at 1.5 to 2 million euros ($1.70-2.27 million). The five statues, to b...
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How the world learned its lesson and got a climate deal

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  • Dec 13, 2015
PARIS It was an agreement born from a fear of failure, delivered by the smoothness of French diplomacy.Six years earlier, countries had bitterly walked away from global climate talks in Copenhagen without a deal. The decision to reassemble in Paris to ...
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As Indonesian forests burn, new anti-fire agency feels heat

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  • Apr 04, 2016
JAKARTA As forest fires raged like never before across Indonesia last year, President Joko Widodo announced he was setting up a special agency to tackle the annual scourge that shrouds parts of Southeast Asia in choking haze. But, with this season's fi...
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Japan whaling fleet returns from Antarctic hunt with 333 whales

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  • Mar 24, 2016
TOKYO Japan's whaling fleet returned on Thursday from its Antarctic hunt after a year-long suspension with a take of more than 300 whales, including pregnant females.The International Court of Justice ruled in 2014 that Japan's whaling in the Southern ...
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Todt optimistic of resolving qualifying problem

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  • Apr 02, 2016
MANAMA Formula One stakeholders will meet on Sunday to decide what to do with the much-criticized new qualifying format, with the head of the sport's governing body saying he is confident of reaching a solution."I am optimistic that we will get a unani...
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Fiji declares curfew nationwide as powerful cyclone Winston approaches

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  • Feb 20, 2016
Fiji declared a nationwide curfew on Saturday, as airlines suspended flights and the prime minister warned people to seek refuge from a cyclone that could prove to be the Pacific island nation's most powerful on record.After twice hammering outlying is...
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Filmmaker Coppola cements legacy

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  • Apr 30, 2016
Veteran filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola left a permanent mark on Hollywood on Friday, after his hands and feet were imprinted in cement to be displayed at the landmark TLC Chinese Theatre. The ceremony honored the 77-year-old Oscar-winning director’s ...
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