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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies at Age 69 [VIDEO]

Kim Jong Il, the eccentric leader of North Korea since 1994, has died at the age of 69.

North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported that after “great mental and physical strain,” he passed away of a heart attack at 8:30 a.m. Saturday while on a train during a “field guidance tour.”

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Baby Born in Philippines Declared World’s Seven Billionth Person

Danica May Camacho was born in Manila, Philippines just before midnight on Sunday, weighing five-and-a-half pounds.

But a much larger number will always be associated with the baby girl, as the UN has declared her the world’s seven billionth person.

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Google Reports 70 Percent Increase in Takedown Requests by US Government

In an effort to highlight global censorship campaigns, Google’s biannual transparency report revealed a 70 percent increase in takedown requests by the US government and law enforcement agencies.

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Indian Girls Named ‘Unwanted’ Get to Choose New Names [VIDEO]

An Indian district held a renaming ceremony on Saturday that allowed more than 200 girls whose names mean “unwanted” to choose new monikers for themselves.

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BlackBerry Outage Causing An Uproar In The U.S.

Attention all BlackBerry phone users: I might guess you aren't reading this on your BlackBerry! Why is that? Reports have spread of world wide BlackBerry outages. I myself am not on a BlackBerry but our very own Michelle Wolfe just texted me on hers which must mean Montana

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Amanda Knox Freed After Italian Court Overturns Murder Verdict [VIDEO]

Amanda Knox, the American woman convicted of murder by an Italian court in 2009, has been freed after an appeals court overturned the decision on Monday. Her co-defendant and former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was cleared as well.

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Nelson Mandela and Roger Federer Are the Two Most Respected People in the World

It should come as no huge surprise that a poll of more than 50,000 people in 25 different countries would find Nelson Mandela the most respected and trusted person in the world.

But the next spot may be a bit more surprising.

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Polish Spiderman Impersonator More Supervillain than Superhero [VIDEO]

What if, instead of being bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him superhuman abilities, Spiderman was just some regular powerless guy who dressed up in a red and blue costume with silly string cans? Of course, since he wouldn’t be able to fight crime, he would have to wreak havoc on the unassuming citizenry.

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New ‘Superbug’ Strain of Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

Gonorrhea, a bacterial sexually transmitted infection, used to be easily treated with antibiotics. But now, a "superbug" strain of the STD has been found in Japan and scientists fear it could become a global public health threat.

"Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it," said Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who discovered the strain with Japanese colleagues.

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US Named Funniest Country; Germany Named Least Funny

Maybe we should work on exporting some knock-knock jokes.

The US has been named the funniest country in a Badoo.com survey of 30,000 people from 15 nations around the globe, while Germany - long known for its poor sense of humor - kept up the stereotype by finishing at the bottom.

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France Bans Saying ‘Facebook’ And ‘Twitter’ On TV And Radio

The French government is notorious for banning the use of English words as a way of maintaining French language and culture.

However, a recent ruling by the French government, which now makes it illegal to speak the words "Facebook" or "Twitter" on television or radio newscasts, isn't as shocking as you might think.

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Assisted Suicide Crusader, Dead at 83

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the controversial supporter of assisted suicide, died this morning at a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He was 83.

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