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India's very own T.Rex
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Move Over T. Rex, Rajasaurus Is Here

Rajasaurus, anyone?

India's native dinosaur discovered as recently as the early 2000s has been fittingly given an Indian name: Rajasaurus narmadensis, or "regal reptile of the Narmada," is a predator that lived roughly 65 million years ago, a Smithsonian Mag story recently notes.

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True Fiction

True Fiction: Leonardo DiCaprio Wades Into War Over Water In India

Around the world, local water shortages are a very real sign of the effects of climate change. Drought conditions in certain areas of India have recently left some cities reeling, leading to new political tensions. Meanwhile, last weekend, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Washington, D.C. and around the United States to demand more environmental protection. Leonardo DiCaprio, whose foundation has long fought against global warming, was front and center.

For our latest installment of True Fiction, we imagined a visit by DiCaprio to a small, drought-afflicted village in India.

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Breakfast, anyone?
Geopolitics

Macron-Le Pen, 13 French Newspapers On Unprecedented Election

PARIS — After France's two main political parties fell short in Sunday's first round voting, next month's second round will feature a showdown of centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Macron, 39, of the brand new En Marche ! party came in first with 23.7% of the vote, while Le Pen of the National Front party (founded by her father) collected 21.5% of ballots.

This is the first time in France's Fifth Republic that the Socialist Party (PS) and the recently renamed Republican Party (LR) were knocked out in the first round. Ahead of the May 7 runoff to determine the next occupant of the Elysée presidential palace, here's a look at how 13 French newspapers reacted:

le figaro le pen macron french election 2017

Le Figaro — "The Right K.O."

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Cell at the Hague prison
Geopolitics

A Model Prison For Those Accused Of The Most Heinous Crimes

Behind the high walls of a Dutch penitentiary, a handful of accused war criminals are housed in a one-of-a-kind prison that aims to embody the ideals of justice.

THE HAGUE — For a long time, a dictator's or warlord's career tended to end in exile or violent death. International justice has added another option to closing the reign of a tyrant. For 22 years, dozens accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes have found themselves on the banks of the North Sea, waiting for and living through their trials from behind the walls of a new kind of prison, created inside a Dutch penitentiary.

In the residential Scheveningen district of the Hague, the Haaglanden penitentiary may appear as just another building. Neighboring houses are built along its brick walls, cyclists pass without even looking at the old entrance, a portal with crenelated towers like that of a movie set. Now almost empty, this penitentiary, once the largest in the Netherlands, still shelters certain prisoners. Since 1995, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and, since 2002, those of the International Criminal Court, have been incarcerated in a specially constructed building in the compound.

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St. Petersburg Metro Bombing On Front Pages In Russia

A candle-lit vigil for the victims of a bombing in St. Petersburg was pictured on the front page of Russian newspaper Izvestia. In an article entitled "St. Petersburg Survived," the paper reported that the Monday attack had failed to cause mass panic in the city.

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Westminster Bridge after March 22 attack
Geopolitics

Around The World, 31 Newspapers React To London Attack

A British-born attacker killed four and injured about 40 others yesterday in an attack on Westminster in the heart of London. The attack coincided with the one-year anniversary of the Brussels bombings, leaving police on high alert around Europe. Here's how international newspapers reacted to the attack on the British capital:

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Italian Magazine: Behind Bars Of Trump Presidency

Il Sole 24 ORE magazine, March 17, 2017 — Photo: Charles Ommanney

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