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  • Prosecutor Briefs U.N. on Alleged Crimes in Darfur
    The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court briefs the U.N. Security Council on the court's investigation into crimes committed in Darfur, Sudan. Luis Moreno Ocampo says his first case will prove crimes against humanity.
  • Iranians Vote Friday for Assembly of Experts
    Iranian voters go to the polls Friday in local elections. The ballots will include candidates for the Assembly of Experts, a group of clerics responsible for selecting Iran's next supreme leader.
  • A Cinematic Ode to Shanghai's Vanishing World
    Shanghai has a population of almost 18 million, but only 632 protected historic sites. Its distinctive traditional architecture is rapidly disappearing, and along with it, a way of life. A local filmmaker has produced an ode to these vanishing neighborhoods.
  • Hollywood Partners with China for 'The Painted Veil'
    The China of the past is what feature film director John Curran was seeking when he scouted locations for The Painted Veil, which opens next week. It's based on the Somerset Maugham book set in China in the 1920s. It stars Naomi Watts and Ed Norton. The movie studio producing the film went into a partnership with the Chinese government to get it made.
  • Botswana Bushmen Win Right to Return to Land
    A Botswana court ruled Wednesday that the country's Bushmen, also known as the Basarwa, were illegally removed from their land in the Kalahari desert.
  • Laser Treatment May Aid Prostate Patients
    Men with enlarged prostates often have uncomfortable side effects and undergo invasive medical procedures to treat their symptoms. Now, these men may choose an alternative laser treatment which is far less invasive.
  • Ballroom Dancers Waltz to Healthier Hearts
    Italian researchers have found that just 21 minutes of dancing, three times a week can match the cardiovascular benefits from working out on a treadmill or bicycle. The news is good for those who hate to work out -- but love to dance.
  • Paulson, Bernanke in Beijing for Economic Talks
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, along with other cabinet-level officers, are in Beijing for talks with senior Chinese officials on trade and economic concerns, including the huge U.S. trade deficit with China.
  • Company Holds or Ships No-Fly Items from Airport
    A new kiosk at Chicago's O'Hare airport may help some passengers who have items confiscated by airport security. For a fee, they can leave the items in storage, or arrange for shipping to their home or destination.
  • Enron's Skilling Begins Serving Prison Term
    Jeffrey Skilling began serving 24 years in a minimum security prison Wednesday in Waseca, Minn., for his role in the $11 billion Enron scandal. Skilling will likely have to work, as required by the bureau of prisons, earning between about 25 cents and a dollar an hour for jobs like washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms or making police uniforms.

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