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  • In Pictures Queen Elizabeth's birthday

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth, celebrating her 85th birthday, takes part the traditional Royal Maundy Service at Westminster Abbey, on April 21. According to Buckingham Palace, it was the first time the Queen's birthday had fallen on Maundy Thursday.

  • Opinion France's burqa ban: A brave step that we Muslims should welcome

    France’s ban on wearing the niqab in public defends secular society – and the rights of Muslim women like me. Liberals bemoan the ban's infringement on personal freedoms. But Islamists who mandate that women wear the veil are incorrectly interpreting the true message of the Quran.

  • Color me black? Alien planets with two suns sprout dark trees.

    Color me black? Alien planets with two suns sprout dark trees.

    If Tatooine had trees, would they be black? Scientists say that a planet with two suns might have black or gray plants, not green. Why is that?

  • What Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William could do for Britain

    What Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William could do for Britain

    Many see the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the elegant commoner, as an opportunity for a royal rapprochement with Britain’s middle class.

  • In Pictures Top-selling albums worldwide

    Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' of 1982 has sold more than 120 million copies, making it the best-selling album of all time in the world. Featuring such monster hits as 'Beat It,' and 'Billie Jean,' and, of course, the title track, the late pop icon's signature album has an indelible place in music history.

  • Orange Prize for fiction 2011 shortlist

    Orange Prize for fiction 2011 shortlist

    Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year, the Orange Prize for Fiction honors "excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world." Last year's winner was American author Barbara Kingsolver for her novel "The Lacuna." The 2011 award will be announced on June 8, 2011, and the winner will be one of these six novelists.

  • When it comes to Facebook, EU defends the 'right to disappear'

    When it comes to Facebook, EU defends the 'right to disappear'

    New European Union rules planned for later this year will put the EU on the leading edge of privacy laws. The moves could have a profound effect on companies like Facebook.

  • April Fool's Day history: five best-ever pranks

    April Fool's Day history: five best-ever pranks

    April Fool's Day history has been marked by many good pranks, but here are five of the most creative ever.

  • In Pictures Elton John's showmanship

    Sir Elton John performs at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2010. Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) was knighted in 1998. The English singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist has worked with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin since 1967, collaborating on more than 30 albums.

  • What Qaddafi loses with Moussa Koussa's defection

    What Qaddafi loses with Moussa Koussa's defection

    Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, who as former intelligence chief is intimately familiar with Qaddafi's most notorious operations, defected from the Libyan regime yesterday.