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July 17, 2019

Cabinet of curiosities: 15,000 ink samples at Secret Service
In a cabinet inside a modest laboratory in downtown Washington are rows and rows of ink samples in plastic squeeze bottles and small glass jars. To the untrained eye, it's just a bunch of blackish liquid with strange names like "moldy sponge" or "green grass." But to the U.S. Secret Service agents who use the samples, they are the clues that could save the president from an assassination attempt. Or stop a counterfeit ring. Or identify the D.C. sniper. Here's a look inside.
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July 16, 2019

2 rare Barbary lion cubs born in Czech zoo
Two Barbary lion cubs have been born in a Czech zoo, a welcome addition to a small surviving population of a rare lion subspecies that has been extinct in the wild. Here's a closer look at the cubs.
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July 13, 2019

Indonesia returning 57 containers of developed world's waste
Indonesia is sending dozens of containers of waste back to wealthy nations after finding it was contaminated with used diapers, plastic and other materials, adding to a growing backlash in Southeast Asia against being a dumping ground for the developed world's rubbish. Take a look at some of the rubbish.
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July 12, 2019

8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings added to World Heritage list
The work of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was recognized Sunday as eight of his buildings, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Los Angeles' Hollyhock House and the Unity Temple in suburban Chicago, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Here's a look at some of those buildings.
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July 12, 2019

At Tehran symphony, music lovers seek escape from reality
Aficionados of Western classical music have carved out a niche for themselves in Iran, where cultural expression remains tightly controlled by strict rules imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. And perhaps surprisingly, musicians in their 20s and 30s perform for overwhelmingly young audiences. Here's a look at the symphony.
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July 11, 2019

Melania Trump depicted in wooden statue in native Slovenia
A life-size sculpture of the U.S. first lady has been unveiled in her hometown of Sevnica, drawing mixed reactions from the locals. The rustic figure was cut from the trunk of a linden tree, showing her in a pale blue dress like the one she wore at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. Her face is depicted in a naive local style.
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July 9, 2019

Migrant child drawings depict jail-like scenes of detention
In one drawing, stick figures sleep on the ground under blankets watched by other figures with hats. Another picture has frowning stick figures behind what appears to be a chain-link fence. One shows two toilets in a small room. All of the drawings include imposing jail-like bars covering most of the canvas. They were done by children asked to depict their experience in Border Patrol custody and photographed by an American Academy of Pediatrics volunteer last week.
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July 11, 2019

In Queens, revered Jewish leader's burial site draws crowds
Men and women, young and old, make their way from around the city, the country and the world to this unassuming site, the burial place of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to pay their respects to the life and teachings of the revered Jewish leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement who died twenty-five years ago in June 1994. Let's take a closer look.
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July 10, 2019

Japanese collector returns ancient artifacts to Cambodia
Millennium-old Cambodian artifacts displayed in a Japanese collector's home for two decades have been returned to the Southeast Asian country's National Museum. The 85 artifacts are mostly small bronze items and include statues of Buddha and the Hindu god Shiva, plus jars, ceramics and jewelry. Here's a look at the artifacts
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July 10, 2019

Lithuanian couple crowned 'wife carrying' world champions
A Lithuanian man and his wife have won the world "wife carrying" title, leaping over timber and wading through waist-high water to beat dozens of other couples for a second year running. The prize is the wife's weight in beer. Vytautas Kirkliauskas and his wife Neringa Kirkliauskiene cleared a grueling 253.5 meter (278-yard) obstacle course in 1 minute 6.72 seconds Saturday. That was just a tenth of a second ahead of former six-time world champion, Finland's Taisto Miettinen and his new partner Katja Kovanen.
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July 9, 2019

Royal baby Archie christened at private Windsor ceremony
The youngest member of Britain's royal family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was christened at Windsor Castle on Saturday in a private ceremony — too private for some royal fans. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was baptized in the castle's private chapel by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England.
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July 8, 2019

Spain: Pamplona kicks off running of bulls festival
The blast of a traditional firework on Saturday opened nine days of uninterrupted partying in Pamplona's famed running of the bulls festival. The blast was met by an eruption of joy from revelers, who sprayed each other with wine, staining in pink the traditional attire of white clothes and a red scarf.
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July 9, 2019

Iraq celebrates naming Babylon a UNESCO World Heritage site
Iraq on Friday celebrated the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision to name the historic city of Babylon a World Heritage Site in a vote held in Azerbaijan's capital, years after Baghdad began campaigning for the site to be added to the list. The 4,300-year-old Babylon — now mainly an archaeological ruin and two important museums — is where dynasties have risen and fallen since the earliest days of settled human civilization.
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July 9, 2019

Hometown of first on moon ready to launch 50th celebration
A small Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son's history-making walk 50 years ago this month. The hometown of Neil Armstrong has expanded its usual weekend "summer moon festival" to 10 days of Apollo 11 commemorations. Tens of thousands of visitors — the biggest crowds here since Armstrong's post-mission homecoming — are expected. There will be hot air balloons, '60s-themed evenings, concerts, rocket launches and a visit from five other Ohio astronauts. And "the world's largest moon pie," all 50 pounds of it.
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July 8, 2019

Mothers rally as Hong Kong's divide shows no sign of closing
Hong Kong's political divisions showed no sign of closing as students rebuffed an offer from city leader Carrie Lam to meet and a few thousand mothers rallied in support of young protesters who left a trail of destruction in the legislature's building at the start of the week. "Don't feel lonely, dad and mum will support you," read one of many handwritten messages held aloft at a "Hong Kong Mothers" rally Friday. Here are some photos from the rally.
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July 8, 2019

Alaskans put away jackets, get out sunscreen amid heat wave
Alaskans who routinely pack knit caps and fleece jackets in summer on Friday were swapping them for sunscreen and parasols amid a prolonged heat wave. Residents of Anchorage and other south-central cities completed a fifth week of above-normal temperatures, including a record high 90 degrees on Thursday in the state's largest city.
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July 8, 2019

We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest on Thursday, just a few hot dogs shy of breaking the record he set last year. In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 opponents, the California native far exceeded his nearest competitors, but didn't quite make or pass the 74-dog mark he reached in 2018. When asked how he felt after the contest, Chestnut, 35, said, "I feel like I should eat a couple more." Here are some photos from the annual event.
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July 8, 2019

Concerts, fireworks and a military parade mark July Fourth
The national holiday to mark America's birth as a country was filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and, of course, fireworks. Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York and other places around the country held massive celebrations with big name artists like Jennifer Hudson, Luke Bryan and Carole King. But Independence Day wasn't free from politics, as President Donald Trump's plan for a celebration in Washington featuring a display of tanks, fighter jets and a stealth bomber garnered support from some and protests from others. Here are some highlights from celebrations around the country.
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July 6, 2019

Tens of thousands join gay pride parades around the world
Tens of thousands of people turned out for gay pride celebrations around the world last week, including a boisterous party in Mexico and the first pride march in North Macedonia's capital as well as one of the highest turnouts for New York City's parade. Here's a look at some of the celebrations.
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July 5, 2019

Marches by rival groups lead to clashes; 3 people arrested
Competing demonstrations spilled into the streets of downtown Portland on Saturday, with fights breaking out in places as marchers clashed. At least three groups had planned rallies or demonstrations at different sites in the city, including members of the so-called Proud Boys and anti-fascist groups that include "antifa," and the fights occurred when participants of the opposing groups met. Here are some photos of the march.
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July 4, 2019

Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production
Peter van Wingerden's dairy farm smells just like any other farm — the rich aroma of cow manure and grass hangs in the air around the unusual stable housing the cattle. The farm itself is far from traditional. Moored in a small harbor in Rotterdam's busy port, the farm is a futuristic three-story floating structure where one robot milks the cows and another automatically scoops up the manure that gives the enterprise its familiar smell. Here are some photos of the dairy.
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July 3, 2019

'Tough to lose your brothers': Funerals held for bikers
A motorcyclist who was among seven killed in a collision with a pickup truck last week was a family man, proud Marine and dedicated public servant, mourners said Friday at a funeral that drew about 200 people, including leather-clad bikers and law enforcement officers. The funeral for Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, New Hampshire, was held at a church in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The rumbling of motorcycles echoed through town as dozens of bikes made their way to the service.
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July 3, 2019

NASA: Intense work under way on rocket for future moonshots
Crews are working around the clock at a NASA rocket factory, intent on meeting a new fall 2020 deadline to test launch a mega-rocket designed to propel astronauts to the moon and beyond, a space agency official said Friday. "I came out here in the middle of the night ... talking to people who were working on the engine section, working hard through the night," NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard said on a press tour at New Orleans' Michoud Assembly Center.
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July 1, 2019

'Baby Trump' blimp now a world traveler, rallying point
He was born in a London pub and now his clones are floating all over the U.S. — quite literally President Donald Trump increasingly is being tailed and trolled by an angry diaper-clad caricature armed with a cell phone. He's Baby Trump, the blimp who has become synonymous with resistance to the American president. The origins story for Baby Trump began ahead of the president's visit to London last year when a group of activists gathered at a local pub to brainstorm ideas for a protest statement sure to get under Trump's skin. They succeeded beyond their wildest expectations, with a 20-foot blimp that flew near Parliament during the protests surrounding Trump's first visit to the United Kingdom and made a return appearance this summer when the president came for a state visit.
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July 1, 2019

Canadian, Russian, American back on Earth from space station
Three astronauts safely returned to Earth on Tuesday after spending more than six months aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule with astronauts from Canada, Russia and the United States landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 8:47 a.m., less than a minute ahead of the scheduled time, on Tuesday after a 3 ½ hour flight from the orbiting lab.
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July 1, 2019

Orangutans, polar bears make a splash as Europe swelters
Orangutans at a Vienna zoo got buckets of water, lemurs in Rome enjoyed fruit icicles and a polar bear took to a pool in Germany as much of Europe sweltered Tuesday in an early summer heat wave. Authorities warned that temperatures could top 104 Fahrenheit in some parts of the continent over the coming days, the effect of hot air moving northward from Africa.
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June 30, 2019

Malaysia detains 4 Indians, seizes drugs, 5,255 turtles
Malaysia authorities have arrested four Indians and seized more than 14 kilograms of drugs and over 5,000 turtles from their luggage at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Senior customs official Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusof said Wednesday that agents found a total 5,255 red-ear slider baby turtles kept in small baskets from the luggage of two Indian nationals who flew in from Guangzhou, China on an AirAsia flight on June 20.
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June 30, 2019

Rome doctors warn of health hazards from city's garbage woes
Doctors in Rome are warning of possible health hazards caused by overflowing trash bins in the city's streets, as the Italian capital struggles with a renewed garbage emergency aggravated by the summer heat. Trash disposal is a decades-long problem for the Eternal City. Rome was left with no major site to treat the 1.7 million metric tons of trash it produces every year since the Malagrotta landfill was closed in 2013.
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June 28, 2019

Summer solstice: 10,000 watch sunrise at Stonehenge
Dancers, musicians and revelers have watched the sun flicker over the horizon at Stonehenge, celebrating the summer solstice at the Neolithic stone circle. The sun rose behind the Heel Stone, which traditionally marks the spot on the horizon for the sunrise, at 4:52 a.m. June 21. Here are some photos of the festivities.
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June 28, 2019

Woody Guthrie's children named Mermaid Parade king and queen
Woody Guthrie's children, Arlo and Nora Guthrie, are king and queen of this year's Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Saturday's colorful spectacle of participants in zany aquatic costumes ushered in the New York summer for the 37th time. Here are some photos of the event.
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June 30, 2019

Flying Wallendas safely cross Times Square on high wire
Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement. Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he said he was nervous. His sister, Lijana Wallenda, joined him recently for the first time since her near-fatal accident in 2017, when she broke nearly every bone in her face.
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June 29, 2019

Thousands march for LGBT rights in Ukraine's capital
Thousands of supporters of LGBT rights have marched through the center of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, under a heavy police presence to separate them from opponents. Here are some photos from the parade.
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June 28, 2019

Feds probe 'quality' of repairs on plane in Hawaii crash
Federal investigators will review repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that became inverted before crashing shortly after takeoff on Oahu's North Shore, killing all 11 people on board in the deadliest civil aviation accident since 2011. The same plane that crashed Friday sustained substantial damage to its tail section in a 2016 accident while carrying skydivers over Northern California.
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June 29, 2019

Thai cave boys mark year since ordeal with Buddhist rites
The 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach who grabbed global attention last year when they were trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks have marked the anniversary of their ordeal start with a religious ceremony.
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June 28, 2019

Scamp the Tramp wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest
Scamp the Tramp will never win a beauty contest. But he's won an ugly one. The bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch took top honors June 21 at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Here's a look at some of this year's ugliest dogs.
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June 26, 2019

German firefighters rescue squirrel stuck in manhole cover
Firefighters, police and a veterinary clinic combined forces to rescue a red squirrel that had gotten its tiny head stuck in a manhole cover in the western German city of Dortmund.
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June 26, 2019

Study: Lethal plastic trash now common in Greece's whales
A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash — mostly bags — in the animals' stomachs, which can condemn them to a slow and painful death. In the worst case, a researcher said Friday, a 17-foot young sperm whale beached on the Aegean island of Mykonos had swallowed 135 plastic items weighing a total of 7 pounds. This blocked its stomach, grossly distending it, while the animal itself was emaciated and had starved to death.
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June 26, 2019

Bear enters Montana home, settles in for nap in closet
Authorities say a black bear somehow locked itself inside a Montana home and then nestled onto a closet shelf that wasn't too hard, wasn't too soft, but just right for a nap.
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June 26, 2019

Explosions, fire rock US oil refinery; gas prices could rise
Explosions and a blaze at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast sent a fireball into the sky and shook homes before dawn Friday, though authorities reported only a few minor injuries and said the air was safe to breathe. The fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex was deemed contained and controlled but continued to burn late Friday afternoon
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June 25, 2019

LGBT refugees allege harassment in Kenya, a rare safe haven
LGBT refugees allege they have been harassed by police in recent weeks in Kenya, which is a rare regional haven for the gay community yet maintains that gay sex is illegal. LGBT refugees allege they have been harassed by police in recent weeks in Kenya, which is a rare regional haven for the gay community yet maintains that gay sex is illegal.
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June 24, 2019

Seattle campaign finance program gives voters $100 to donate
A first-of-its-kind public campaign finance program in Seattle gives voters vouchers worth $100 to pass on to any candidate they want. Now in its second election cycle, advocates say the program can level the political playing field, although its first round in Seattle showed mixed results.
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June 20, 2019

Trump protesters rally at gay bar blocks from arena speech
Opponents of President Donald Trump's reelection announcement Tuesday in Florida rebuked his administration's policies at a rally outside a gay bar with performances by a mariachi band and a drag queen, speeches by a transgender woman and women who had abortions and the appearance of a 20-foot-high blimp of a scowling Trump in a diaper. "The goal is to get under his skin," said Mark Offerman, the handler of the blimp known as "Baby Trump." Here's a look at the protest.
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June 20, 2019

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch
Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second term. Addressing a crowd of thousands at Orlando's Amway Center, Trump complained he had been "under assault from the very first day" of his presidency by a "fake news media" and "illegal witch hunt" that had tried to keep him and his supporters down. Here are a few photos from the rally.
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June 20, 2019

Photographer recounts facing Dallas gunman
Waiting outside a federal courthouse, photographer Tom Fox took in Dallas' 8 a.m. bustle. People dressed for work got out of cars. A homeless man danced on a street pole. But when what initially sounded like a truck backfiring clarified into gunshots, the routine assignment for a veteran journalist morphed in a moment. As shots echoed off the tall buildings, an armed officer dashed past The Dallas Morning News photographer. A man came around the corner half a block away and Fox pulled out his long lens — focusing in on green military-style garb, a mask and a belt full of ammunition. The gun barrel swung around. Fox squeezed off a last frame. And he ran for cover behind a column in the building's façade. Here are some of the photos he captured.
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June 19, 2019

Aging grand hotel highlights the ethnic division in Cyprus
This grand hotel still manages to hold onto a flicker of its old majesty despite the mortal shell craters and bullet holes scarring its sandstone facade. Amid war in the summer of 1974 that cleaved Cyprus along ethnic lines, United Nations peacekeepers took over the Ledra Palace Hotel and instantly turned it into an emblem of the east Mediterranean island nation's division. It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of glitterati high-heels on the hotel's floors was replaced by the thud of soldiers' combat boots. Here's a closer look at the hotel.
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June 18, 2019

Paris zoo gives orangutan Nenette a 50th birthday party
Nenette, one of the world's oldest Borneo orangutans in captivity, has celebrated her 50th birthday at a zoo in Paris, where she has lived almost all her life. Birthday cake, wrapped boxes and visitors singing "Happy Birthday" were part of the party held Sunday for Nenette at Menagerie, a zoo in the Jardin des Plantes gardens. Here are some photos from her party.
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June 17, 2019

Massive protests draw apology from Hong Kong leadership
Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony. Nearly 2 million of the city's 7 million people turned out, according to estimates by protest organizers. Here are some images from the protests.
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June 16, 2019

New German exhibition explores Rembrandt's career
Around 100 works spanning Rembrandt's career are going on show in the German city of Dresden in an exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist's death. The exhibition at the Kupferstich-Kabinett museum opened Friday and runs through Sept. 15.
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June 14, 2019

Greece: Athens mosque likely to open in September
Greece's education and religion minister says the country's long-delayed first state-sponsored mosque is likely to begin operating in September, about three years after its construction was approved by parliament. Kostas Gavroglou spoke Friday during a visit to the nearly complete mosque on the outskirts of Athens' city center, accompanied by representatives of the Muslim community. Its construction has been controversial, with some opposing a mosque in the Greek capital.
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June 14, 2019

Near-erasure of Cambodian opposition makes noodles a target
The bitter rivalry between Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and his self-exiled chief political rival Sam Rainsy has sometimes played out in deadly violence. But on Sunday, soup rather than blood was likely to be spilled. The two titans of Cambodian politics normally agree over nothing but made stunningly similar calls to their followers this past week. They both said all Cambodians should gather with their neighbors on Sunday and sit for a meal of num banh chok, a popular Cambodian rice noodle soup usually eaten at breakfast.
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