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Racism, War -- and Laughs for Arab-Americans

Osama bin Laden, racial profiling, airport security, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- and that was just the opening for Arab-American comedians at a New York festival.

No topic was too edgy at the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in a packed Manhattan club on Wednesday. And for a group often marginalized, if not mistrusted, since the September 11 attacks, it was a chance to unwind.

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Treasure Hunters Eye Huge Silver Haul from WWII Ship

When the SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat 70 years ago, it took its huge silver cargo to a watery grave. U.S. divers are working to recover what may be the biggest shipwreck haul ever, valued at some $210 million.

Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration on Monday confirmed the identity and location of the Gairsoppa, and cited official documents indicating the British ship was carrying some 219 tons of silver when it sank in 1941 in the North Atlantic some 300 miles (490 kilometers) off the Irish coast.

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Art on Display from WWII Internment Camp in U.S.

Inside a storefront in downtown Little Rock's busy River Market district is an art exhibit that brings to the surface the emotions felt by the victims of a dark chapter in U.S. history: paintings, sculpture and drawings by inmates of a Japanese internment camp during World War II.

The works were created at the Rohwer Relocation Center in southeast Arkansas, one of 10 camps set up to hold Japanese detainees who were forced from their homes after the U.S. entered the war.

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Indian Temple Treasure Vault to Stay Locked

The final vault of an Indian temple where a 22-billion-dollar hoard of jewels and gold has been found will remain shut until already recovered treasure has been documented, a court said Thursday.

The Supreme Court, which has been overseeing operations at the 16th-century temple in the southern coastal state of Kerala, said the assets should be properly preserved before new work can begin.

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WikiLeaks' Assange Furious as Autobiography Hits Shelves

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denounced an unauthorized autobiography as it hit bookshops in Britain on Thursday, after he failed to prevent the publisher printing an unfinished manuscript.

"Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography" is the result of more than 50 hours of interviews between Assange and a ghost writer that was handed over to British publisher Canongate in March.

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Philippines Eats, Sells Biodiversity Riches

A Philippine brown deer hobbles on three legs in a tiny mud pit of a pen at a government-run wildlife rescue center, a grim symbol of the country's rapidly vanishing flora and fauna.

The deer was a victim of a snare set by villagers hunting it for food that claimed its front right foot six years ago, forcing the old male to live out the rest of its days a long way from home at the animal shelter in Manila.

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UNIFIL Holds International Day of Peace Festival

The UNIFIL held a festival of Lebanese homemade traditional food and handicrafts at its headquarters in Naqoura on Wednesday to mark the 30th International Day of Peace.

Local authorities, religious leaders, representatives of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the international community were present at the ceremony were

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Mathematician Fights Bucharest's 'Cultural Parricide'

It takes courage to defend Bucharest's rich architectural heritage against real estate speculators and corruption. Yet 41-year-old mathematician, Nicusor Dan, took up the challenge and has made some unexpected wins in court.

Once called the "little Paris of the Balkans" because of its exquisite architecture and booming cultural life, the Romanian capital has suffered a long agony.

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Mao's Grandson to Teach Grandfather's Philosophy

He is a major general in the Chinese army, a political advisor, an author and a blogger, and now the grandson of China's revolutionary leader Mao Zedong has taken up a university teaching post.

Mao Xinyu is to be a part-time teacher of his grandfather's philosophy, taking on a class of 65 students at Guangzhou University's Songtian Professional College, according to a statement on the school's website.

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Bulgaria Opens its First Museum of Socialist Art

Twenty-two years after the fall of its communist regime, Bulgaria opened on Monday its first-ever museum of the state-sponsored, propaganda art characteristic of that era.

The Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia exhibits some 77 sculptures, 60 paintings and 25 smaller plastic art works created between 1945 and 1989 by the most renowned sculptors and painters of the time.

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