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In pictures: Devastated by mudslide, Washington town digs out

Tuesday’s rain turned the mud covering Oso, Wash. into a virtual quicksand, placing further strain on rescue efforts

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Mike Stoller on the Musical Universe of the Brill Building

As told to Rebecca Milzoff I was born in New York City, and I lived here until I was 16. One of my earliest memories having to do with music in New York was hanging out on 52nd Street at the jazz clubs in the 1940s, like the Three Deuces; … More »

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The Hipster Fred Phelps

By day, Portland’s Grant Chisholm sells retro furniture. By night, he stalks the streets railing against the sin of “homosex”

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Philippine rescuers race to help typhoon-hit towns after deadly Utor

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Philippine rescuers searched isolated towns devastated by deadly Typhoon Utor as barefoot children stood among ruined homes, but early preparations appeared to have avoided mass casualties. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Beijing man builds illegal rooftop villa on apartment block

<!– google_ad_section_start –> When it comes to illegal structures, a rooftop villa built by an eccentric Beijing resident on top of a 26-storey residential building puts Henry Tang’s wine cellar to shame. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Belfast police attacked with petrol bombs, bricks in second night of riots

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hooded youths, some with British flags covering their faces, were involved in the clashes in the north of the city. Police responded by firing baton rounds and deploying water cannon. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Egypt ruling Muslim Brotherhood HQ overrun, ransacked

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The headquarters of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood was overrun by youths who ransacked the building after those inside were evacuated on Monday following a night of violence that killed eight people. By far the bloodiest incident of Sunday’s mammoth and mostly peaceful protests against the Brotherhood and President Mohammed Mursi, it began after dark and continued for hours, with guards inside firing on youths hurling fire bombs and rocks. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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The Appraisal: Cash-in-Hand Buyers Can Come With a Catch

Such buyers sometimes assume that their status should afford certain concessions from the homeowner, like beloved bits of furniture at no extra cost.

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Queen marking Coronation anniversary

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About 2,000 people will join the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey later for a service marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

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Amazon to sell Kindle in China, say reports

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Amazon will start selling its Kindle e-book reader and tablet on mainland China next month, according to several Chinese media reports, in a bid to officially enter an e-book reader market that is booming but fiercely contested. The technology portal Zhongguancun Online raised speculation about the imminent sale earlier this week, when it found a sales-desk for the Kindle hidden at a Suning electronics store in Beijing. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Turning Wine Barrels into Furniture

An Italian organization is bringing new meaning to the concept of rehabbing old materials. Barrique is turning used wine barrels into high-concept furniture—all for the benefit of a renowned substance abuse treatment facility.

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Drug arrests of Hong Kong men prompt fears that city is trafficking hub

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In 13 months more than 500 kilos of crystal meth seized in Australia has come from Hong Kong. The haul is more than ten times that seized in the SAR over the past five years. A total of seven Hongkongers are now facing the Australian courts. Southern China is one of the world’s biggest producer of ephedrine – the main precursor chemical for ice. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Is ex-NPC chief Wu Bangguo’s son latest descendant to be promoted?

<!– google_ad_section_start –> An unusual Xinhua report has led to speculation that China’s state-run news agency has taken a subtle shot at the promotion of a son of one of China’s most powerful political figures. The cryptic report led to online debate on whether Wu Lei, a 37-year-old official soon to be promoted, could be the younger son of Wu Bangguo, the recently retired head of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress.  <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Okinawa doesn’t belong to Japan, says hawkish PLA general

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A hawkish Chinese general has possibly opened a Pandora’s box on territorial disputes in East Asia by saying that the Ryukyu Islands including Okinawa do not belong to Japan. Luo Yuan, a People’s Liberation Army two-star general, has said that Japan could not rightfully claim sovereignty over the islands, because they had started paying tribute to China half a millenium before they had done so to Japan.  <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Burgundy moves its Asia office from Singapore to Hong Kong

<!– google_ad_section_start –> As demand for Burgundy wines heats up in China, the French region has opened a representative office in Hong Kong to step up exports and promote tourism. After six years in Singapore, the Regional Council of Burgundy has moved its only office in Asia to Hong Kong. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Sigmund Freud’s famous couch in need of makeover

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Perhaps the most memorable item of furniture in the world – the couch in Sigmund Freud’s consulting room, sagging under the weight of more than a century of recollected dreams, terrors, traumas and phobias – needs a facelift. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Design Notebook: Lessons in How to Play With Fire

At Jack Sanders’s Heavy Metal camp, welding is the medium but adventure is the mode.

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Germany’s powerful Greens to plot election campaign

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Germany’s Greens, the country’s third-biggest political force, will hold a party congress this weekend, five months ahead of elections in which Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek a third term and the environmentalists could potentially play kingmaker. The Greens party, with its roots in the 1970s anti-nuclear and peace movements, are now mainstream and the preferred choice of well-off urbanites who shop organic and cycle to work. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Government minister says death toll in Bangladesh building collapse rises to 161

<!– google_ad_section_start –> SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Government minister says death toll in Bangladesh building collapse rises to 161. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Venezuela’s parliament launches probe into Capriles

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Venezuela’s government-controlled parliament set up an inquiry on Wednesday into violence over a disputed election that authorities blame on opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Nine people died and dozens were injured after opposition protests against Nicolas Maduro’s narrow April 14 presidential poll win turned violent around the South American nation. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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