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Do not drop gnocchi into a boiling pot of water while shirtless and very close to said pot.

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'Enemy Central' in eastern Afghanistan

This BBC story looks at Kunar province, which borders Pakistan in eastern Afghanistan. This part is disturbing: Despite several major American offensives in Kunar over the past year, the militants keep re-grouping – many of them foreign fighters with al-Qaeda backing. The trouble it has had in this area has led US forces to use […]

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China announces arrest in village shooting

Chinese authorities have arrested a commander who reportedly ordered police officers to open fire on a village protest this past week. An excerpt: The arrest comes after officials broke several days' silence to say that three villagers were shot dead in the protest, in Guangdong province. Local residents have alleged that up to 20 people […]

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The U.S. military's information machine

An NYT story on the U.S. military's “psychological operations” initiatives. An excerpt: The media center in Fayetteville, N.C., would be the envy of any global communications company. In state of the art studios, producers prepare the daily mix of music and news for the group's radio stations or spots for friendly television outlets. Writers putting […]

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When older women boink teenage boys

From “cool moms” to Mrs. Robinson-style teachers, more U.S. women are going to jail for sex with teenage boys. But if the encounter caused no lasting harm, this NYT article asks if a crime was committed. An excerpt: The last few months have produced a spate of cases where women are prosecuted for having sex with […]

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