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Pistorius shoves race, crime and punishment in South Africa's face

PRETORIA - As Oscar Pistorius spent his first day behind bars this week, a suspected child rapist and murderer went on trial at the same Pretoria court in a case that has also provoked fierce debate about crime and punishment in post-apartheid South Africa.

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Ebola gives U.S. 'preppers' another reason to prepare for worst 22 Oct 2014

- With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances.

Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet's quest to heal her homeland 22 Oct 2014

LONDON - Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war.

Tate Modern's Serota named most powerful person in contemporary art 1:05am BST

LONDON - The man who runs London's Tate Modern - an art gallery in a former power station that looms over the River Thames - was named on Thursday the most powerful figure in the world of contemporary art.

U.S. pastor defrocked over son's same-sex wedding faces Methodist council 22 Oct 2014

MEMPHIS Tenn. - A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, made an appeal to hang onto his ordination before a Methodist judicial council on Wednesday.

Millions view talking dogs online spoof of U.S. Supreme Court 7:29pm BST

WASHINGTON - A comedy sketch with dogs portraying members of the U.S. Supreme Court - picture Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Chihuahua - had scored more than two million YouTube views by Thursday, drawing attention to the high court's secretive ways via some cheap laughs.

When the well runs dry 6:25pm BST

In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home.

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