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Nepal Bans Sale of Marijuana at Hindu Festival

Nepalese authorities have banned the sale of marijuana during a popular Hindu festival at which holy men traditionally smoke the drug and share it with young men and women, police said Thursday.

About 500,000 devotees attended the festival Wednesday at Katmandu's Pashupati temple, considered the most revered Hindu shrine in Nepal.

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Gadhafi's Namesake in UAE to Change His Name

A namesake of embattled Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi has rushed to change his name in "solidarity" with Libyan people, an Emirati daily reported Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Sudanese Moammer Gadhafi who lives in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates is trying to change his name "in solidarity with the Libyans whose blood was shed" during an uprising against the Libyan leader, Arabic daily Emarat Alyoum reported.

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Royal Wedding Sick Bags Making a Splash

If the British royal wedding is too much to stomach and you're fed up of Wills and Kate being rammed down your throat, then a souvenir sick bag could be just to your taste.

Graphic artist Lydia Leith has produced the special item to help those who risk being nauseated by all the pomp and ceremony when second-in-line to the throne Prince William marries Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29.

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Dance Transforms Inmates in Taiwan 'Jail of Art'

When Wang, 24, went to jail three years ago he had no idea he would end up in a bid to break a record for most inmates dancing together.

Wang is one of more than 2,000 inmates in Changhua Prison in central Taiwan who routinely take part in mass dancing sessions as part of a larger program aimed at reforming prisoners through art and creativity.

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Youth-friendly Oscars Show Gets Thumbs Down

Oscars organizers had touted this year's show as more youth-friendly, aiming to draw younger funkier movie-goers into the time-worn Academy Award experience -- but initial reaction was skeptical.

Sunday's co-presenters James Franco and Anne Hathaway made joke reference to the youth-chasing aim within minutes of the start: Franco called her hip, to which she replied: "You look very appealing to a younger demographic as well."

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Last U.S. Veteran of WWI Dies at Age 110

Frank Buckles, who lied about his age to get into uniform during World War I and lived to be the last surviving U.S. veteran of that war, has died. He was 110.

Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died peacefully of natural causes early Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. Buckles turned 110 on Feb. 1 and had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of World War I in Washington, D.C.

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'DJ Gadhafi' Takes Internet by Storm!

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi may be reviled by many of his own people and the international community, but he's enjoying an unexpected surge of popularity -- as a music video star.

A remix of a rambling 75-minute speech Gadhafi delivered on Tuesday, set to dance music and featuring the strongman alongside footage of two gyrating girls, has gone viral on the Internet.

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Breast Milk Ice Cream… Anyone?

Ice cream made with breast milk has proved a big hit in a London restaurant, with the first batch sold out within days of going on sale, its makers said Friday.

The ice cream, called Baby Gaga, is made with milk expressed by 15 women who replied to an advertisement posted on an online mothers' forum.

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Ecstasy-Like Chinese Drug Seized in France

French customs have smashed a ring smuggling the new 4-MEC synthetic drug and seized 52 kilos (115 pounds) of the Ecstasy-like stimulant sent from China, officials said Friday.

"This is the first time this kind of product has been seized in France," customs spokesman David Cugnetti told journalists in the eastern city of Lyon of the drug that is so new it is not yet illegal.

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Fox Enjoys High Life on Britain's Tallest Tower

A death-defying fox clambered up Britain's tallest skyscraper and lived the high life on the 72nd floor of the tower in central London for nearly two weeks, officials revealed Friday.

The intrepid animal climbed to the top of the Shard, which is more than 288 meters (945 feet) high and still under construction, where it enjoyed panoramic views over the British capital and lived off builders' scraps.

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