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Beijing is getting ready to put on a massive military parade. 

The Chinese Communist Party has done these types of processions before. After all, that’s sort of the purpose of the grand plaza of central Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. 

But Thursday will be the first time the Chinese government pulls out all the stops to mark the end of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japan. 

In the West, we call it World War II. 

Nazi gold train fever is spreading across Poland

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There's a case of gold fever in Poland. A pair of treasure hunters reportedly located a Nazi-era train filled with gold — and it's causing quite a stir.

But when sorting fact from fiction in this story, the BBC’s Adam Easton says there’s not a scrap of documentary evidence that this train actually exists. But the legend does have longevity, dating back to the end of World War II.

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A train station in Hungary is the latest place where the migrant crisis is playing out.

Hungarian officials have closed the Keleti station to stop migrants from continuing their journey in Europe. Many started their journey in Greece or Italy and want to get to Germany.

But for now, the trains aren't going anywhere.

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In Britain, as in many countries, there is a growing demand for sperm donors from couples who are unable to conceive on their own. Increasingly, demand is outstripping supply.

Last year, the British government came up with a solution: Set up a national sperm bank to make it easier for couples to get access to medically checked sperm. 

India is gripped by a celebrity murder case

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A media frenzy is engulfing India, over a sensational celebrity murder case.

The victim is a young woman whose body was found, strangled and badly burned, in a forested area near Mumbai in 2012. Police now believe the victim is socialite Sheena Bora.

Last week, police made three arrests, including Indrani Mukherjea, one of her ex-husbands and their driver. Mukherjea is the wife of media mogul Peter Mukherjea. He’s the former CEO of a Fox-owned TV network, Star India, and has appeared regularly in lists of the most powerful people in India.

A SHT show links people and art through posters

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What do you get when you combine poster designers from Seattle, Havana and Tehran?

A SHT Show of course.

Seattle-based curator and designer Daniel Smith first came up with the idea for a Seattle–Havana–Tehran Poster Design Show 10 years ago when he visited Cuba on a cultural exchange.

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Gerard Depardeiu, Steven Seagal, Mickey Rourke — and now Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst, all have something in common: Russia.

In an interview Tuesday with Russian radio station Rock FM, Durst said that he wants to become a Russian citizen. But, apparently, he needs some help.

“I wouldn’t mind getting a Russian passport,” Durst said according to Russian media. “If you have communication with the relevant authorities, which could assist with obtaining it — share.”

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With 20 days to the election, the only sure thing in Greece is more uncertainty.

New opinion polls out of Greece show waning support for the leftist political party Syriza and its popular leader, former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

A Miami soccer promoter could take down FIFA, if he flips

Sep 1, 2015
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The federal investigation that uncovered corruption at the highest levels of soccer is still going on.

It started back in May with the indictment of 14 people. Nine were officials with FIFA, soccer's global governing body. The other five were marketing executives.

Most of the accused are fighting extradition to the US.

But not Aaron Davidson. He's an American living in the Miami area. And he could be crucial for investigators if he decides to flip on FIFA's top leaders.

So who was McKinley and why did he have a mountain?

Sep 1, 2015
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The US government has officially renamed the tallest mountain in North America. What was previously Mount McKinley, in Alaska, is now Denali. Denali is one of the ancient Native American names for the mountain.

Who was William McKinley?

William McKinley was the 25th president of the United States, and famously had absolutely nothing to do with Alaska. He was one of four sitting presidents to be assassinated.

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Tequila can have a pretty rough reputation as far as spirits go. But have you ever had really good tequila? Perhaps an organic brand?

Mexican tequila producers are hoping their high-end products will appeal to Chinese consumers with a strong desire for Western luxury items. The Mexican government recently negotiated an end to Beijing's ban on the liquor. (China had longed tried to protect its sprits, but has now lifted its ban on tequila.) Soon, China could become the second-largest export market for Mexican tequila, behind only the US.

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Writer Cecilia Balli remembers the first time she saw the US-Mexico border fence, the built-up version of it in South Texas in 2008.

“When I first drove by it on the way to my uncle’s house, it shocked me. It’s desolate land. To me, it’s very beautiful land. I’m from here. I’m very rooted here, and all of a sudden I see this 18-foot steel fence. It looked like a scar, like a cut that’d just been sutured.”

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There was a powerful blast on Sunday in the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra and now another site of cultural importance has been mostly reduced to rubble — the Temple of Bel.

Considered one of the most prominent sites in Palmyra's archaeological complex, satellite photos released by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research show the blast destroyed the complex's main building.

In Turkey, Sufi music is used to decrease patient stress

Sep 1, 2015

The intensive care unit of Istanbul Memorial Hospital looks like any modern hospital anywhere. But it definitely doesn’t sound like one.

Dr. Bingür Sönmez, a cardiac surgeon for more than 30 years, plays traditional Sufi songs on the ney flute for his patients.

"What we are doing in intensive care, we are playing Sufi music to our patients to calm down, to make them feel much better,” he said.

A panel in New Zealand has now whittled hundreds of crowdsourced national flag submissions down to four. And if this Guardian live feed of the unveiling is accurate, the Kiwi’s aren’t happy.