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What a Wonderful World


British sovereign Queen Elizabeth II's traditional Christmas message to her subjects for 2006 was the first to be offered as a podcast. (

The Guardian

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A 23-story building planned for Dubai will be modeled on the iPod. The "iPad" will resemble an Apple MP3 player mounted on its docking stand, complete with a six-degree tilt. (

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The Guardian

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Fake pesticides are believed to make up as much as 30 percent of the market for such chemicals in Kenya, leaving livestock and crops unprotected at a cost of $50 million a year. (

The East African

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/Nairobi)

The Namibian government recently banned all fishing along the entire 2,000-mile length of the Zambezi River after officials detected a massive

E.coli

contamination. (

The Namibian

/Windhoek)

A Nepalese teenager who some believe to be the reincarnation of Buddha recently reappeared after a mysterious absence of more than eight months. Ram Bahadur Bomjan had been sitting under a peepul tree in the village of Ratanpuri for almost a year, praying and reportedly forgoing food and water, when he disappeared. He reappeared in the village of Piluwa Dec. 25, sporting long hair and nails and having gained weight, although press reports say that he contends he lived on forest herbs during the preceding months. He now carries a sword. (IndiaeNews.com)

Ghasiram Majhi walked into the police station at Sambalpur, India, recently carrying a woman's severed head. He had chopped off Tapaswini Sekhardeo's head with an axe after she had argued with his wife and then walked almost two miles with the head to turn himself in. (IndiaeNews.com)

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