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Top things Google says Russians are
Thousands of miles lie between Russia and the U.S. – and that distance does nothing to diminish the thousands of myths Russians and Americans have about each other. What are some of the most strongly held ideas and misconceptions Americans have about Russians and vice versa? We asked Google.

Russia steps up crackdown against Bitcoin payments
The office of Russia’s Prosecutor General has warned companies and individuals against using Bitcoin, following a similar move by the country's Central Bank. Last week, the Central Bank declared that Bitcoin was not legal tender, but now Russia’s security agencies have taken the ban on the currency a step further.

Soldiers in South Sudan photographed wearing backpacks donated for children
Photographs of the misappropriated supplies surfaced at an awkward time for the United Nations, which issued an urgent appeal for $1.27 billion in aid for South Sudan on Tuesday.

Air New Zealand slammed over 'sexualised' safety video starring Sports Illustrated swimsuit models
Air New Zealand's new "highly sexualised" safety video featuring bikini-clad models from Sport Illustrated magazine has been criticised for objectifying women. Air New Zealand says it has produced the "the world's most beautiful safety video", dubbed "Safety in Paradise".

US committed to defend Japan in territorial rift with China
The US stressed its commitment to the defense of Japan and stability in the Asia-Pacific region against a backdrop of territorial claims by China.

Pope agrees to Sri Lanka trip, honours Korean martyrs
Pope Francis on Saturday turned his focus to Asia, announcing a possible trip to Sri Lanka and approving the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs. The beatification ceremony for Paul Yun Ji-chung and his 123 fellow martyrs -- who were killed for their Catholic beliefs between 1791 and 1888 -- will take place in South Korea on August 15, the Vatican said in a statement.

PM says no Internet censorship in Turkey
Turkey's prime minister hit back at suggestions that new Internet regulations will limit freedom of expression, ahead of a planned demonstration in Istanbul against the curbs on Saturday.

Airlines To Passengers: Book Directly With Us Or We Will Punish You
Frontier Airlines changed its website to on Wednesday, a simple enough move if it weren't for the message the company issued in the process, which went something like this: Forget the traditional online travel booking sites -- book with us or we will punish you.

Attorney General Eric Holder: Federal Government Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Across All 50 States
Attorney General Eric Holder has said he will extend federal recognition of same-sex marriages to all states, including those in which they are not legal or recognized currently at the state level, CNN reported.

Will Mexico Surpass Brazil As Latin America’s Largest Economy?
For a long time, Mexico and Brazil were like two sides of a the same coin. Both had strong emerging economies, both were oil rich, and both were working hard on their international trade relationships.

Icy Illinois River Impedes Barge Traffic
Icy waters on the Illinois River brought barge traffic to a virtual halt this week, slowing transportation of grains and other raw materials to export terminals at the U.S. Gulf with no relief expected as forecasts call for more bitter cold weather in the coming days, officials said on Friday.

Joe Biden compares New York's LaGuardia Airport to facilities in 'some Third World country'
Vice-President Joe Biden says New York's LaGuardia Airport could use some major improvements — and that's putting it mildly.

Food and frescoes in ancient Puglia
If only this could translate into a scratch-and-sniff article. Right now, you’d be effortlessly smelling the scents that have made Italy famous: the baking loaves and focaccia (along with the rosemary and olive oil drizzled on top) that baker, Joseph Calucci, swiftly slides on a two-metre-long peel out of a cavernous 300-year-old firewood oven in Altamura, an ancient walled city in Puglia.



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