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Crying Uncle
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Crying Uncle

An effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set on fire during an anti-North Korean rally on the second anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il in central Seoul December 17, 2013. North Korea's political and military elite publicly pledged their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, less than a week after he ordered the execution of a powerful family ally in a rare public purge. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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Murder in the Air

Twenty-five years on, a Lockerbie widow recalls the day she lost a husband and her three small children lost a father
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Waking the Dead

A new study finds that patients in a vegetative state can recognize familiar faces
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Kicking Ash

A town digs out of a volcano’s destruction stronger but dustier
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The History Behind the Quidditch World Cup

Every year since 1473, according to the J.K. Rowling series, the wizards of the world have gathered to contest the Quidditch World Cup, the single most popular sporting event in the wizarding world—Gobstones championships notwithstanding.