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For a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, the United Kingdom has an astonishing wealth of regional accents. Read more»

North Korea has vowed to disregard the 1953 truce that ended the Korean War, in response to South Korea's joint military drills with the U.S. Read more»

Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

Cardinals have begun meeting to decide who should be the next pope. Preliminary talks began in Vatican City today, ahead of the conclave at which the world's top Roman Catholic officials will elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor. Read more»

Police in Chicago have geared up for protesters ahead of the NATO summit that begins Sunday.

Three protesters at the NATO summit in Chicago have been charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, police said Saturday. Read more»

The poster for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The Cannes Film Festival has been accused of sexism, after the jury picked 22 movies made by men for its official selection. Read more»

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of "Where the Wild Things Are," has died aged 83 Read more»

Rupert Murdoch

News Corporation's Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to run an international company, British lawmakers have said. Read more»

A new psychiatric report has found confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik sane. The findings could see him sent to prison rather than a psychiatric ward. Read more»

Astronauts who spend more than a month in space are at risk of potentially serious damage to their eyes and brain, a new study suggests. Read more»

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter flies overhead as the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute steams near the Deepwater Horizon spill site on July 4, 2010.

BP has reached a $7.8-billion settlement with thousands of people affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read more»

Karen Handel during her bid for Georgia governor in July 2010.

Karen Handel has resigned as Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Vice President for Public Policy over the breast cancer charity's controversial decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Read more»

Roughly 1 million packets of birth control pills have been recalled, after pharmaceutical company Pfizer said they might not provide the correct dose to prevent pregnancy. Read more»

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton will not stay on as Secretary of State if Barack Obama is re-elected for a second term as president, she told her department Thursday. Read more» 2

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has bowed to pressure and released his tax returns for the past two years. They reveal he paid about 15 percent of his multimillion-dollar fortune in federal income tax, well below the national average. Read more» 1

Scientists have identified a new species of dinosaur, Yueosaurus Tiantaiensis or "Tiantai Yue Dinosaur," from a fossilized skeleton found in eastern China. Read more»

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