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UPDATE: Libyan Dictator Muammar Gadhafi Killed by Rebels in Sirte

Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi, who’s been in hiding since August when a NATO-backed rebel force seized his headquarters in Tripoli, was killed on Thursday after rebels stormed his hometown of Sirte, where the last remnants of troops loyal to him were hiding. He was 69 years old.

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Is Muammar Gadhafi Dead? [GRAPHIC PHOTO]

According to media outlets, Libyan officials are announcing the death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi by wounds suffered when an eight-month-old revolution effort overran his hometown of Sirte.

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Nelson Mandela and Roger Federer Are the Two Most Respected People in the World

It should come as no huge surprise that a poll of more than 50,000 people in 25 different countries would find Nelson Mandela the most respected and trusted person in the world.

But the next spot may be a bit more surprising.

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Yikes! Amazon UK Sees Giant Spike in Sales of Aluminum Bats, Clubs During London Riots

As the London enters another day of rioting, looters and bystanders have taken to the web to arm themselves. Amazon’s UK site has seen scary-high spikes in sales of blunt objects over the past 24 hours, including a 50,000% spike in clubs and a more than 35,000% spike among different aluminum baseball bat models.

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What Are the Most Depressed Countries in the World?

According to a multi-national survey of over 9,000 adults by the World Health Organization, France and the United States are the two most mentally depressed countries in the world.

Twenty-one percent of French citizens have had a major depressive episode, followed by the United States, at 19.2 percent. Belgium, New Zealand and The Netherlands are also among world’s most depressed nations, by this metric.

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New ‘Superbug’ Strain of Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

Gonorrhea, a bacterial sexually transmitted infection, used to be easily treated with antibiotics. But now, a "superbug" strain of the STD has been found in Japan and scientists fear it could become a global public health threat.

"Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it," said Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who discovered the strain with Japanese colleagues.

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Coke Billboard in the Philippines Reduces Air Pollution

Billboards are usually just meant to promote a product or Donny and Marie Osmond’s latest casino residency, but this sign in the Philippines is doing a lot more — it’s reducing air pollution, too.

Coca-Cola and the World Wide Fund for Nature (known Stateside as the World Wildlife Fund) collaborated on a 60-by-60 foot billboard made of 3,600 potted Fukien tea plants. The plants are potted in discarded bottles from Coca-Cola company products and specially modified to grow sideways with an efficient drip irrigation watering system. The billboard can absorb as much as 46,800 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

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Swedish Preschool Does Away With Boys and Girls

The “Egalia” preschool in Stockholm, Sweden is taking that nation’s goal of breaking down gender roles in early education to the extreme.

Not only are boys encouraged to play with toy kitchens, and girls with building blocks, but the pronouns “him” and “her’ (or “han” and “hon” in Swedish) are banned from usage.  Instead, everyone is refereed to with the invented pronoun of “hen.”

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US Named Funniest Country; Germany Named Least Funny

Maybe we should work on exporting some knock-knock jokes.

The US has been named the funniest country in a Badoo.com survey of 30,000 people from 15 nations around the globe, while Germany - long known for its poor sense of humor - kept up the stereotype by finishing at the bottom.

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France Bans Saying ‘Facebook’ And ‘Twitter’ On TV And Radio

The French government is notorious for banning the use of English words as a way of maintaining French language and culture.

However, a recent ruling by the French government, which now makes it illegal to speak the words "Facebook" or "Twitter" on television or radio newscasts, isn't as shocking as you might think.

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Osama bin Laden Dead: Recapping 24 Unforgettable Hours in History

A late-night announcement made from the White House's East Room on Sunday set the world aflutter, and news of the death of Osama bin Laden quickly spread across the globe.

President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that bin Laden had been killed and his body taken into U.S. custody in Pakistan.

Word of the death of Al Qaeda's leader quickly spread, and politicians, celebrities and athletes began releasing statements while crowds gathered across the country in celebration of bin Laden's death.

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Osama bin Laden Killed in Pakistan, President Obama Confirms

In a stunning development, President Barack Obama confirmed late Sunday evening that Osama bin Laden, the leader of terrorist group Al-Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed Sunday in Pakis

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