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The New British Invasion

With the dollar getting weaker all the time, the ailing housing market is getting a little relief from an unexpected source: foreigners. Brits in particular have been tempted by bargain homes in glamorous locales such as Manhattan, where one-third of all new condominiums are selling to foreign buyers.

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Japan Hunts Humpbacks

Under the pretense of scientific research, a fleet of Japanese whaling ships is hunting the humpback whale for the first time in decades. The whaling mission plans on killing roughly 1,000 animals in all, including 50 or so humpbacks. While Japanese officials claim the purpose of the mission is to study whale organs, the meat from the animals will be sold commercially.

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AP photo / Damian Dovarganes

WGA Strikers to Return to the Table Nov. 26

An end may be in sight for striking television and film writers and their studio bosses if negotiations, now set to resume Nov. 26, are effective.  However, WGA West President Patric Verrone cautioned union members to stand their ground in an e-mail titled “Don’t Break Out the Champagne Just Yet.”

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Study Raises Doubts About ADHD Meds for Kids

Here’s a study that the makers of Ritalin probably won’t love:  Researchers working on the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children With ADHD, which has been tracking 600 kids in treatment for ADHD since the 1990s, now question earlier findings about the effectiveness of medication and raise new concerns. 

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AP photo / Kyodo News

Outrage in Okinawa Over Edited History Books

Japan’s education ministry has generated protest in Okinawa by erasing one of the country’s worst moments from history textbooks.  Okinawans who lost loved ones when the Japanese army ordered them to commit suicide during World War II are bitterly battling the historical omission.

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British troops in Basra
AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

Violence in Basra Drops 90% After British Withdrawal

Perhaps Basra can be seen as a test case for the rest of Iraq with regard to withdrawal and its effects:  According to Maj. Gen. Graham Binns, the commander of British forces in Basra, there has been a “remarkable and dramatic drop in attacks” since the majority of his troops withdrew from the city.

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Bangladeshi victims
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Cyclone Kills Hundreds

A deadly cyclone that made landfall in Bangladesh on Friday has displaced hundreds of thousands and killed at least 2,300 (updated), a number that is expected to rise because thousands remain missing and the true extent of the damage has not yet been determined.

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news.bbc.co.uk

India Snubs the Dollar

The dollar has simply fallen too low for India, which will no longer accept the greenback at its many tourist sites, including the Taj Mahal. Tourism ministry officials said they had to move quickly in order to protect Indian revenues from the dollar’s free fall. Remember when the dollar was like gold in the developing world?

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AP photo / Ron Edmonds, File

Karl Rove’s Newsweek Gig

It’s really only a matter of time, after a member of the current administration steps down, before he or she re-emerges on the political and/or cultural scene.  Take Karl Rove, for example, who, not to be relegated to some contrived yet lucrative “consulting” position (not yet, at any rate), will write about the upcoming elections for Newsweek.

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Saudi Court Punishes Rape Victim

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail by an appeals court because she was riding in a car with a man when she was attacked and gang-raped by seven men. It is forbidden in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to be together. She was 19 at the time of the attack.

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