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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. He abdicated his kingship twice, once in favor of his father and once in favor of his son, King Norodom Sihamoni. What is Sihanouk's official Cambodian title, and what is its translation?



William S. Burroughs

Burroughs was an American novelist, essayist, social critic, painter, and spoken-word performer whose two dozen books controversially blend homosexuality, science fiction, drug use, and underworld depravity. Much of his work is semi-autobiographical, drawn from his experiences as a long-time opiate addict. A primary member of the Beat Generation, he was an avant-garde writer whose style and ideas influenced popular culture as well as literature. Who did Burroughs accidentally kill in 1951?

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Vladimir Putin

Former President and current Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin has sought to reassert the central government's authority over the various regions and administrative units of Russia as well as over elements of the independent media. His aggressive response to the separatist movement in Chechnya earned him much popularity with the Russian public. An athlete as well as a politician, Putin is ranked as a Master of Sports in judo and sambo and is friends with what mixed martial arts champion?

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