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Daniel Pearl Is Kidnapped

Pearl was serving as the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau chief when he was kidnapped by a group of Pakistani militants claiming he was a CIA agent. The kidnappers e-mailed a lengthy list of demands to US officials, and just nine days later, Pearl was killed by his captors. Shortly thereafter, a videotape of his beheading was leaked on the internet through a Jihadist website. Which high-powered Al Qaeda operative later confessed to decapitating Pearl with his "blessed right hand"?



The African Wild Dog

The African wild dog has the strongest bite, relative to its mass, of any existing carnivorous mammal. Also known as the "painted dog," the species can be identified by its mottled black, yellow, and white coat. Wild dogs once freely roamed sub-Saharan Africa, but they are now threatened by hunting, disease, and habitat loss. With fewer than 3,000 remaining in the wild, they have been named the second most endangered carnivore in Africa. How do they bring meat back to their dens after a hunt?

Born on a day like today



Stendhal was the pen name of Marie-Henri Beyle, a prominent 19th-century French writer. His work, though unappreciated by the Romantic writers who dominated literature during his lifetime, has gained widespread acclaim in the last century for its irony and psychological complexity. His major novels include The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma, and his early work, On Love, is a psychological analysis of love that predates Freud. What is Stendhal Syndrome?

Last updated on Friday, 23rd January 2009

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