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In a rare mass protest, thousands of people from the besieged village of Wukan, China, gather to demonstrate against what they say are illegal land seizures by the government. The villagers accuse local officials of selling 6.5 square miles of their land to boost government revenues. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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In China, Anger Spreads Over Government Land Grabs

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Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist who teams up with the title character in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is the second iconic character that actor Daniel Craig (right, with Christopher Plummer) has tackled in the space of a half-decade. Sony/Columbia hide caption

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From Bond To Blomkvist: Daniel Craig's Next Big Role

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Workers dig at a mine in Chudja, near Bunia, north eastern Congo. The conflict in the Congo, a nation rich in mineral resources such as gold, diamonds, tin, and cobalt, has often been linked to a struggle for control over its minerals resources. Lionel Healing /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Law Aims To Shine Light On Conflict Metals

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An early predecessor to the Hanukkah brews of today, Russian Jew Max Lapides stands with his sons in front of the Bauernschmidt Brewery Saloon in Baltimore, circa 1900. Gift of Rose Sacks. Courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 1988.227.1 hide caption

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With Hanukkah Microbrews, A Taste of Jewish History

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Metropolitan State Hospital employees and supporters gathered outside the hospital in Norwalk, Calif., this summer to protest repeated assaults at the hands of mental patients, and what they called dangerous working conditions. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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In Calif. Mental Hospitals, Assaults Rarely A Crime

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Jake Finkbonner, shown with his father, Donny, and mother, Elsa, nearly died after contracting a flesh-eating bacterium. His family and friends prayed for a miracle, and now the Vatican has declared that his recovery was considered a miracle by the church. Barbara Bradley Hagerty/NPR hide caption

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Vatican Declares Boy's Recovery A 'Miracle'

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