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How Christians Observe Good Friday Around the World

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Before the celebration of a resurrection on Easter, Christians pay respect and remember sacrifice.

In the Christian faith, Good Friday — the Friday before Easter Sunday — marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the last day of Holy Week, or Jesus’ last week of earthly life.

From Palestine to Port-au-Prince, Christians commemorated the life of Jesus by taking to the streets in parades on Friday, some more solemn in their…

Internet Freedom Crackdown: China Jails Blogger, Shuts Down Sites

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China is stepping up its long-running crackdown on Internet freedom this week, launching a new campaign to purge the web of porn while jailing a blogger for spreading “rumors” online.

Qin Zhihui, a blogger with a large following, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in jail for posting inaccurate reports on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, according to news reports. He is the first Chinese netizen to be sent to jail under an anti-rumors law enacted last year

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Google’s Project Tango Will Power NASA Robots in Space

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Just two months after Google announced Project Tango — an experimental Android-powered smartphone with 3D sensors — its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team is working to get a prototype inside the International Space Station to assist NASA astronauts with chores and tasks.

The 5-inch smartphone, which comes with 3D-tracking and mapping capabilities via its camera, will be attached to a robot (on a robotic platform called NASA Spheres) with the ability to navigate the station. The…

Archaeologists Find Ancient Puppy Paw Prints on Roman Tiles

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The paw prints and hoof prints of a few meddlesome animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeologists in England.

“They are beautiful finds, as they represent a snapshot, a single moment in history,” said Nick Daffern, a senior project manager with Wardell Armstrong Archaeology. “It is lovely to imagine some irate person chasing a dog or some other animal away from their freshly made tiles.”

The artifacts, which could be nearly 2,000 years…

North Korea’s Marathon: A Rare Chance to Tour Pyongyang on Foot

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News from North Korea is rarely positive and often exaggerated. Recent rumors coming out of the country have included everything from executions by packs of dogs to government-mandated haircuts, and the outlandish stories are made all the more believable by even stranger firsthand accounts.

It’s enough to make the thought of a North Korean marathon sound mundane. But the 27th annual Mangyongdae Prize Marathon was opened to foreign amateur runners for the first time this year, allowing some…

28 Confirmed Dead as South Korean Ferry Goes Completely Underwater

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The sunken South Korean ferry is now completely underwater, further reducing the chances of rescuing some of the roughly 270 people that are still missing, CNN reports. Until Friday, a part of the ship’s hull was still sticking out of the water

Rescuers have managed to breach the hull and enter the second deck of the ferry which sunk off the coast of Jindo Island on Wednesday, but did not find any bodies. The operation was stopped due to rough weather conditions, and the divers had to…

28 Confirmed Dead as South Korean Ferry Goes Completely Underwater

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The sunken South Korean ferry is now completely underwater, further reducing the chances of rescuing some of the roughly 270 people that are still missing, CNN reports. Until Friday, a part of the ship’s hull was still sticking out of the water

Rescuers have managed to breach the hull and enter the second deck of the ferry which sunk off the coast of Jindo Island on Wednesday, but did not find any bodies. The operation was stopped due to rough weather conditions, and the divers had to…

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Brooklyn Net Andrei Kirilenko Is Bringing Russia Its First Hooters

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Amid simmering tensions between the Kremlin and the White House, can Russians and Americans find any cultural common ground?

NBA player Andrei Kirilenko of the Brooklyn Nets thinks there’s one place where Russia and the West can put politics aside. That place is Hooters, which Kirilenko is introducing to his home country by opening Russia’s first franchise of the notorious — and quintessentially American — boobs-and-buffalo wings chain in Moscow later this month.

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5 Innovations That Will Transform India in the Next 5 Years

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MUMBAI, India — Following the United States and China, India is the world’s third largest Internet population. The country is projected to be home to 243 million Internet users by June 2014 -– but that’s still only a fraction of the country’s 1.2 billion population

As access to the Internet penetrates deeper into the Indian population, it is changing the ways politicians campaign, companies lead and people connect.

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The Insane, Probably Fake, Plan to Brighten the Moon

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It sounds like the plot of a James Bond movie: There’s a plan afoot to make the moon brighter in the night sky, potentially saving the world billions of dollars in power costs running street lamps.

How would such an ambitious idea even be possible? By strategically placing highly reflective material on the lunar surface. A lot of it.

The project is called Brighter Moon, and Swedish parent company Foreo says it has already secured…