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Saint Wenceslas Murdered by His Brother

During his reign, the Good King Wenceslaus, as he was known, was noted for his piety and worked vigorously to strengthen Christianity in Bohemia. His religion and his friendly relations with King Henry I—with whom he had negotiated a peace when Henry invaded—caused discontent among the nobles, and Wenceslaus was assassinated by his brother Boleslav I, who succeeded him. By the 11th century, he was already recognized as the patron saint of Bohemia. What legends exist about the saintly king?

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Child Soldiers

Children have been used extensively in military campaigns as direct combatants, porters, spies, and sex slaves throughout history, even in societies where such involvement is regarded as immoral, and the practice remains widespread today. Hundreds of thousands of child soldiers can be found throughout the world, with an estimated 100,000 in Africa alone. Under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, conscripting or enlisting children under what age constitutes a war crime?

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Confucius

Positive evidence concerning the life of the Chinese sage Confucius is sparse, and modern scholars base their accounts largely on the Analects, a collection of sayings and conversations apparently recorded by his disciples. Distressed by the constant warfare between the Chinese states and by the venality and tyranny of the rulers, Confucius urged a system of morality and government that would promote peace and stability. According to tradition, he compiled or edited what corpus of books?

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