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Sihanouk Abdicates Cambodian Throne

Since 1941, Norodom Sihanouk has held countless positions in Cambodia—including king, prince, president, prime minister, and head of state. He saw Cambodia through difficult years during the Vietnam War, the reign of the Khmer Rouge, and the occupation of his nation by Vietnamese forces in the late 1970s. What is Sihanouk's official Cambodian title, and what does it mean?




Jellyfish are marine invertebrates with umbrella-shaped bodies made of a semi-transparent jellylike substance. They feed on small animals that are paralyzed by the stinging cells in jellyfish tentacles. Most jellyfish cause no more discomfort to humans than a minor sting, but contact with the tentacles of the subtropical Portuguese man-of-war or the Australian box jellyfish can be life-threatening. What is the best way to treat a jellyfish sting?

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Vladimir Putin

Putin has been Russia's president since December of 1999. A former KGB agent, he has sought to re-assert the influence of Russia on the world stage and quell the separatist movement in Chechnya. The Putin administration has also put several Russian oligarchs on trial in an effort to contain and reverse the damage to the economy caused by insider capitalism, leading to debate over whether the administration is reformist or autocratic. Putin is a 6th degree black belt in what martial art?

Last updated on Saturday, 7th October 2006

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