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Do animals have orgasms?

Well, probably, but how can you tell?<p>Ah, the age-old question. When animals are going at it like, uh, animals, how does it end? Is there an animal version of the Big O?<p>It's a bit hard to say, actually. "The short answer is that we don't know much about orgasms in other species -- in fact, …

Sentenced to debt: Some tossed in prison over unpaid fines

<b>By Lisa Riordan Seville and Hannah Rappleye, NBC News</b><p>Cash-strapped cities and states increasingly are trying to tap a previously overlooked pot of money – uncollected fines, fees and other costs imposed by civil and criminal courts – in order to help them balance their books.<p>And when people don’t …

German Chancellor moves to cool EU-China trade dispute

<b>German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to reach an agreement with China over import tariffs and avoid triggering a damaging trade war.</b><p>Earlier China's Premier Li Keqiang had warned he was unhappy with European Union probes into Chinese pricing practices in a number of industries.<p>The EU …

Farc peace talks: Colombia unveils major breakthrough

The Colombian government and leftist Farc rebels have announced a major breakthrough in peace talks aimed at ending nearly half a century of …

Anti-gay marriage protesters clash with riot police in Paris

Riot police have clashed with hundreds of troublemakers in Paris at the end of a largely peaceful march by tens of thousands of people opposed to France's new gay marriage law.<p>The main demonstration saw three separate processions converging on the Invalides esplanade, filling the huge promenade …

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Xi threatens “lifetime” consequences for officials who hurt the environment

China’s president has laid down a stark warning to government officials: if you sanction a project that damages the environment, you’ll be held responsible. For life.<p>Given the sharp growth in Chinese environmental activism, it’s not surprising that Xi Jinping is keen to be seen taking action. In …

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U.S., China set the stage for Obama-Xi summit

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon began discussions with Chinese officials Monday for a summit between their two presidents that will confront divisive security issues while trying to overcome a growing distrust between the governments.<p>Donilon and State Councilor Yang …