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Ambrose Bierce

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SWAT Team Retrieves Elián González from Relatives in Miami

In late 1999, 5-year-old Elián González and his mother left Cuba on a boat with a dozen other people seeking asylum in the US. Elián's mother and several others died during the voyage, and Elián was found on an inner tube by fishermen off the coast of Florida. He was released into the custody of his uncle in Miami, but his father in Cuba pressed for his return. The custody dispute ended in an armed raid on the Miami house, and Elián returned to Cuba with his father. What has he said since?



German East Africa

Nearly three times the size of modern-day Germany, German East Africa was a colony that spanned what is now Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. German commercial agents arrived in the area in 1884. In less than a decade, the German government took control of the area and began establishing plantations and railroad and harbor projects. Discontent with their administration led to widespread rebellion, but the revolt was unsuccessful. When did Germany lose control of the colony?

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Rita Levi-Montalcini

A dual citizen of Italy and the US, Levi-Montalcini did her most important work with American biochemist Stanley Cohen. Studying mouse tumors implanted in chicken embryos, the pair isolated a nerve-growth factor in 1952, the first of many cell-growth factors found in animals. For this discovery, they were awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In 2001, she was made a "senator for life" in the Italian senate. In what unusual place did Levi-Montalcini build her first laboratory?

Last updated on Monday, 22nd April 2013

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