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Japan's new 'Coke Plus' contains a laxative ingredient

Those who grab a Coca-Cola Plus in Japan are definitely getting something extra: a laxative and the government's seal of approval.   The Wall Street Journal reports on the unlikely sounding "

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Little kids in Portuguese town celebrate Epiphany ... smoking cigarettes

Villagers in a remote Portuguese town in Portugal celebrated the Epiphany in their old traditional way, which includes children as young as 5 years old smoking cigarettes.   And some were fuming. A Mess

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Iranian oil tanker burning for third day, may explode as crew still missing

A stricken Iranian oil tanker continued to burn out of control for a third day in the East China Sea as rescue boats struggled Tuesday to locate missing sailors before the vessel explodes.   The tanker Sanchi,

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American woman who allegedly called ex-Zimbabwe leader a 'sick man' freed ‘for now’

A 25-year-old American woman facing up to 20 years in a Zimbabwean prison for allegedly tweeting the country’s former dictator was "a sick man" was freed Thursday -- “for now.”   Ma

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Pop star arrested in Egypt over suggestive music video

An Egyptian pop singer has become the second woman in less than a month to face punishment in the country after a music video posted online was deemed by critics as "an attack on society."   Prosecut

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Top US commander wants more aggressive Afghan push this year

WASHINGTON –  The top American commander for the Middle East wants a more aggressive Afghan military pressuring Taliban and other insurgents over the normally quieter months of Afghanistan's winter, and th