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New Egyptian Demand: Better Pay

Good morning. Egypt's military outlawed protests and suspended the constitution Sunday. NPR's Corey Flintoff tells Morning Edition workers are raising a sore point: stagnant wages. Reuters says Egyptian police officers and bank workers are demonstrating in Cairo but the Egyptian military declared a bank holiday.

SUICIDE BOMBING IN KABUL

NPR's Quil Lawrence tells NPR Newscasts a bomb exploded in the City Center Mall: "a very flashy mall, it's probably the fanciest shopping mall in all Kabul." Agence France Press says two mall guards were killed and two other people hurt.

SURPRISES AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS

A Canadian indie-rock group took Album of the Year honors: Arcade Fire of Montreal, defeating Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Eminem. A second surprising group nabbed both Record and Song of the Year - Lady Antebellum, for "Need to Know", dubbed by the Washington Post as a gorgeous ballad about a boozy late-night booty call. BTW: Rolling Stone rated Arcade Fire's work fourth on its Best Albums of 2010 (Kanye West was first).

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Supoj Jaengmoraka,right, and Maratee Sukamanee, left, swing out on rappelling ropes during their wedding ceremony Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 in Thailand. i i

Supoj Jaengmoraka,right, and Maratee Sukamanee, left, swing out on rappelling ropes during their wedding ceremony Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 in Thailand. Wason Wanichakorn/AP hide caption

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Supoj Jaengmoraka,right, and Maratee Sukamanee, left, swing out on rappelling ropes during their wedding ceremony Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 in Thailand.

Supoj Jaengmoraka,right, and Maratee Sukamanee, left, swing out on rappelling ropes during their wedding ceremony Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 in Thailand.

Wason Wanichakorn/AP

The Nation notes 'eccentric' weddings were the rage this weekend in Thailand, ahead of Valentine's Day: nuptials were held underwater, featured elephants, or were held while rappelling down mountains in Prachinburi Province.

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