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The world's largest arts festival, Edinburgh's Fringe, is best known for comedy. British humor isn't for everyone, but if it's your cup of tea you'll find this year's best jokes, as selected by a UKTV channel and the public, after the jump.

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Nineteen people were killed in a crowd panic at a free German dance music festival. Officials have launched an investigation into the deaths, which reportedly occurred after authorities repeatedly were warned about dangerous conditions. About 1.4 million people attended the event in Duisburg.

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A stampede of worshipers at an Indian temple killed at least 140 on Sunday, many of them women and children. Rumors of a landslide had caused thousands of pilgrims to flee the site, trampling others.

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It's easy in New Orleans these days to read meaning and purpose into every lyric or song choice -- was Sheryl Crow commenting on the housing crisis by covering "Gimme Shelter," or was she just doing a Stones tune? Also, it's impossible to take in all the music and all the messages emanating from the Jazz Fest's 10 stages. Still, a good deal of what I did catch was timely, topical and worth remembering.

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Hordes of artists, free-thinkers, nudists and stoners are about to descend on the Nevada desert to worship a neon statue. Burning Man is back, and the event map?a work of art in and of itself?is now available for viewing.

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We usually don't like to point to mud fights, but on something as deadly serious as global warming, we thought it proper to call out conservative Internet kingpin Matt Drudge, who tried to peddle the apparently false story that Gore & Co. were hypocritically environmentally unfriendly at the Cannes Film Festival.

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