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The Times, Jan. 28, 2015

A photo of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was allegedly used by Russian special forces for target practice, says The Times on Wednesday's front page. An inquiry into the dissident's death began in London Tuesday, with claims made by Ben Emmerson QC — the lawyer acting on behalf of Litvinenko's widow — that Litvinenko was assassinated on the orders of the Kremlin, to stop him from exposing Vladimir Putin's links to Russian organized crime at a trial in Spain.

Litvinenko died in 2006 after two Russian hitmen laced his tea with a lethal dose of polonium-210 at a London hotel.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Times is a British daily national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register and became The Times on Jan. 1 1788.

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

Colombia's star product: coffee beans.

Julián López de Mesa Samudio

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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