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On Anniversary of Ghandi's Death, Citizens in India Protest Government Corruption

Coinciding with the 63rd anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's death, hundreds gathered on the streets of New Delhi on Sunday to protest the corruption they say is rampant in the Indian government. Similar demonstrations took place at more than 50 cities ...

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As Tomorrow's Million Person Protest Approaches, Egypt Shuts Down Internet Again

The Internet in Egypt is dead.  The government has shut it down again in a desperate stand against the million person march scheduled for tomorrow. Peaceful assemblies have started throughout Cairo and various providences surrounding it, as well as in ...

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Buddhism Without Beliefs – A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Buddhism Without Beliefs A Contemporary Guide to Awakening As in all the major religions, there is a wisdom behind the theology of Buddhism that informs the believer in daily life. Stephen Batchelor would argue that the difference with Buddhism is ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Major blizzard headed for Chicago; city prepares for the worst

As of 8:39pm Central Time, the National Weather Service is issuing a blizzard warning for the Chicago metro area. The blizzard is being called "life threatening" and forecasts predict it will last through until Wednesday [...]

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Israel's Netanyahu Fearful of Egypt Unrest

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he fears Egypt could end up with a radical Islamic regime as in Iran. Netanyahu said that he is paying close attention to developments out of Cairo. Egypt is Israel's closest ally in the ...

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"Obama kill switch" bill back on the table–while Obama decries Internet shut off in Egypt

We've asked the question before--and it's worth asking again. If there were mass protests in the United States, could the government press a "kill switch" and shut off the Internet as what happened in Egypt? Such a bill exists, and it's back on the table despite Obama's protests about the Internet shut off in Egypt [...]

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Mystery of 200 Cow Deaths Solved – Preacher has moldy potato in his face

In mid-January, 200 dead cows were discovered in Portage County, Wisconsin, unleashing speculation that the biblical apocalypse was around the corner.  Perhaps the most vehement of these end times warnings came from Indiana preacher Paul Begley, who proclaimed that the ...

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Winter Storms Inspire Interest in 2011 Groundhog Day

With the National Weather Service predicting more major winter storms to blanket the Eastern states, some folks are wondering what sort of weather will be predicted by a rodent on Groundhog Day. This year, Groundhog Day falls on Wednesday, February ...

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Al Jazeera: Friday, January 28 is 'The Day Egyptians Lost Their Fear'

Al Jazeera calls Friday, January 28 "the Day Egyptians Lost Their Fear." The news station captured footage from the eastern side of the Nile that showed thousands of protesters crossing over to Cairo via the Kasr al-Nil Bridge and police ...

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Scientology Opens Record Number of Churches During the Year 2010

The Church of Scientology says that it has opened a record number of churches worldwide last year.  Among these new churches are "Ideal Orgs" — described by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as centers "to provide all services of the ...

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Pew Forum: Global Muslim Population to Increase 35 Percent in Next 20 Years

Over the next two decades, the Muslim population is expected to grow at twice the rate as the non-Muslim population, according to research by a Washington-based nonpartisan, nonadvocacy organization. The world's Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% ...

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Teenage Christian Says She Saw Hell and Warns that People Who Listen to Michael Jackson Music Are Getting Trapped in Satan's Web

Angelica Elizabeth Zambrano Mora of Equador claims that when she was 17, she died for 23 hours and was personally given a tour of heaven and hell by Jesus. Her mother, a devout Christian, says the girl died but admits ...

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King John II Sigismund of Transylvania: Religious Tolerance in Sixteenth Century Transylvania

While John Calvin was busy executing heretics in Geneva(he had Michael Servetus executed by slow burning at the stake in 1553 for denying the Trinity) and the Zwinglians were busy devising new novel methods for executing Anabaptists, the dowager Queen of Transylvania Queen Isabella and her son John Sigismund blazed the trial on the path of enlightened religious tolerance in the 16th century.

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