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Vietnam War History Records Aussie Alcohol Abuse

An official history of the Australian military in the Vietnam War says alcohol abuse was a significant problem for troops who at times were supplied with the equivalent of more than five cans of beer per soldier daily.

Some Australian commanders regarded beer as a lesser evil than the illicit heroin and marijuana gaining popularity with allied U.S. troops fighting in the conflict.

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Ancient Chinese Bowl to Go Up for Auction in Hong Kong

Ancient Chinese Bowl to Go Up for Auction in Hong Kong

A rare Chinese porcelain bowl made almost 1,000 years ago is expected to fetch more than $10 million when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong next month, Sotheby's auction house said Monday.

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Treasure from Wreck Off Indonesia to Go on Sale

Ancient treasure worth an estimated $80 million dollars which was found in a ship that sank off Indonesia 1,000 years ago is up for sale again, the head of the excavation team said Monday.

The "Cirebon treasure" was discovered in a wreck off the port of Cirebon on Indonesia's Java island and contains about 250,000 precious objects, including crystal, pearls and gold.

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U.N. Complex in New York Gets $2 Billion Facelift

The whirr of saws and buzz of drills flood buildings better accustomed to the speeches of world leaders as the United Nations' iconic headquarters in New York gets a makeover. Gone are the pneumatic tubes and the toxic asbestos.

And blast-proof panes are replacing the original windows — addressing terrorism concerns in a post-9/11 world.

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Greek Police Seize Thousands of Ancient Coins

Greek police have recovered thousands of ancient coins after smashing a large antiquity smuggling ring, media said on Saturday.

Police raided homes in 13 prefectures, mainly in northern Greece, and made 35 arrests. Thousands of ancient coins were found as well as metal detectors, the in.gr news website said.

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Patron Saint's Heart Stolen from Dublin Cathedral

The 12th century preserved heart of the patron saint of Dublin was stolen from a cathedral in the center of the Irish capital, police said on Saturday.

The heart of Saint Laurence O'Toole was taken from Christ Church Cathedral between Friday evening and 12.30pm (12:30 GMT) on Saturday, police said.

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New York Opens First Gay Senior Citizens Center

New York City has opened the first senior citizens center in the United States dedicated exclusively to homosexuals under an initiative sponsored by the mayor's office.

"We considered it the first full-time, full-service senior center for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) seniors in the U.S.," said Christopher Miller, a spokesman for the city's Department of Aging.

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Report: Greek Antiquities Reburied for Lack of Funds

Lack of funding in crisis-hit Greece has stymied archaeological research and leads experts to rebury valuable discoveries to better protect them, a Greek daily reported on Friday.

"Mother Earth is the best protector of our antiquities," Michalis Tiverios, a professor of archaeology at Thessaloniki's Aristotelio University, told Ta Nea daily on the sidelines of an annual archaeological congress in the city.

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Criticism Grows over NYPD's Muslim Spying

New York City's Police Department is facing mounting criticism of its secret surveillance of Muslims across the Northeast, with civil liberties groups demanding an investigation and New Jersey's governor accusing the NYPD of arrogantly acting as if "their jurisdiction is the world."

The intelligence-gathering was detailed recently in a series of stories by The Associated Press, which reported that police monitored mosques and Muslims around the metropolitan area and kept tabs on Muslim student groups at universities in upstate New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The department also sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip with college students.

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3 Books by Hitchens to be Reissued in April

Three of Christopher Hitchens' most contentious books are coming back into print, and debuting in digital form.

Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, announced Thursday that books on three of Hitchens' favorite enemies — Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger and Mother Theresa — will be reissued on paper and as e-books on April 10. Hitchens, the author and polemicist who died in December after an 18-month battle with cancer, would have turned 63 on April 13.

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