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Year of the Dragon may burn Putin, light up for Pacino Friday, 20 Jan 2012
TAIPEI (Reuters) - The coming Year of the Dragon will bring actor Al Pacino good fortune, but Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin needs to watch out -- he may lose vast sums of money.  Full Article
Macho urinal game makes a splash in Japan Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 
TOKYO (Reuters) - Three years ago the "Toylet" was just a pipe-dream for developers at Japanese video game maker Sega, but now the urinal video game has been rolled out at pubs across the nation.  Full Article 
U.S. clamps ban on pythons, yellow anacondaThursday, 19 Jan 2012 
MIAMI (Reuters) - The United States announced a ban on Burmese pythons on Tuesday, after years of unsuccessful efforts to eradicate the giant snakes from the Everglades National Park in Florida. Full Article 
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Will 2012 see more strong men of Africa leave office?
There are many reasons for being angry with Africa ’s strong men, whose autocratic ways have thrust some African countries back into the eye of the storm and threatened to undo the democratic gains in other parts of the continent of the past decades.  Blog 
Operation Somalia: The U.S., Ethiopia and now Kenya
Ethiopia did it five years ago, the Americans a while back. Now Kenya has rolled tanks and troops across its arid frontier into lawless Somalia, in another campaign to stamp out a rag-tag militia of Islamist rebels that has stoked terror throughout the region with threats of strikes.  Blog 
Could Islamist rebels undermine change in Africa?
Creeping from the periphery in Africa’s east and west, Islamist militant groups now pose serious security challenges to key countries and potentially even a threat to the continent’s new success.  Blog 
The children of Dadaab: Life through the lens
Through my video “The children of Dadaab: Life through the Lens” I wanted to tell the story of the Somali children living in Kenya’s Dadaab. Living in the world’s largest refugee camp, they are the ones bearing the brunt of Africa’s worst famine in sixty years.  Blog 
Who among the seven longest serving African leaders will be deposed next?
Several African leaders watching news of the death of Africa ’s longest serving leader are wondering who among them is next and how they will leave office.  Blog 
Was South Africa right to deny Dalai Lama a visa?
Given that China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner and given the close relationship between Beijing and the ruling African National Congress, it didn’t come as a huge surprise that South Africa was in no hurry to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama.  Blog 
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