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Berlin Swimming Pool Hosts Underwater Opera

A specially composed opera with a difference premiered in a Berlin swimming pool this week, with singers performing in and out and even under the water.

"Aquaria Palaoa" is the brainchild of Claudia Herr, a champion swimmer in her youth before turning to singing, who plays the lead role, diving into the Stadtbad Neukoelln pool in her green evening dress.

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Brazil Trafficker’s 12 Fingers All Over The Crime

You could say his fingerprints -- all 12 of them -- were all over the crime. An accused drug-trafficker was nabbed by police in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina after they confirmed his identity through the betrayal of a rare birth defect: six fingers on each hand.

"We had indications that it was him, but because he presented his brother's papers as identification we had no proof," police commissioner Enio de Oliveira Matos told Globo's news website G1.

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Claude Choules, Last WWI Combatant, Was Anti-War

The last World War I combatant, who has died aged 110, was staunchly anti-war and snubbed remembrance activities despite a 41-year navy career which began when he was just 14, Agence France Presse reported.

Britain's Claude Choules, nicknamed "Chuckles", witnessed the 1919 scuttling of the German fleet and saw out World War II as a demolitions expert in Western Australia.

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Sony Shares Fall as CEO Apologizes for Massive Data Breach

Chief Executive Howard Stringer apologized for "inconvenience and concern" caused by the security breach that compromised personal data from more than 100 million online gaming accounts as the company’s shares dived.

The electronics giant firm was 2.80 percent down by noon in Tokyo trade Friday, after earlier plunging 4.1 percent as Japanese markets reopened following the Golden Week holiday.

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Smokey the Cat Roars her Way into Guinness Book

It's official: Smokey the cat has roared her way into Guinness World Records having achieved the loudest purr by a domestic cat.

Guinness said Thursday the gray-and-white tabby earned her place with record-setting 67.7 decibels. In a video on the cat's website, the 12-year-old, ordinary-size feline purrs with a sound akin to the cooing of an angry dove.

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Report: Surgery Better for Younger Prostate Patients

Surgery appears to be a better treatment option for early prostate cancer than "watchful waiting," particularly for younger patients, according to a Swedish study published Thursday.

In the first clinical trial examining the impact of surgically removing the prostate gland, the team followed 347 randomly chosen patients for the procedure, and closely watched 348 others, according to the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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How The Raid on Bin Laden's Hideout Unfolded

The latest accounts of the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden's compound reveal the shooting was over quickly, that only one man ever fired on the American commandos and that the al-Qaida chief had an AK-47 in his bedroom when he was killed.

According to U.S. officials and media reports, here is how the operation unfolded:

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White Powder-Filled Letters Sent to U.S. Schools

U.S. authorities are investigating some 29 letters that have been packed with suspicious white powder and delivered to Washington-area schools, local media reported late Thursday.

The powdered material is, however, thought to be harmless cornstarch, said FOX 5 News, citing an official source.

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Netanyahu: Sarkozy Says Palestinians Must OK Israel as Jewish

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy that France wants the new Palestinian government to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

"What I heard from President Sarkozy is that they must recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people," Netanyahu said outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, after a meeting he described as "good, far-ranging and friendly".

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Frattini Says Libya Ceasefire Possible in Weeks

A ceasefire in the Libyan conflict could be reached within weeks, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Thursday following a meeting of the international contact group on Libya.

"A few weeks is a realistic period" to secure a truce, Frattini said on Radio Uno in reply to a question.

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