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Mullah Omar: The myth and the movement – BBC News

As fresh claims surface that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, the BBC’s Lyse Doucet looks at what the future for the Taliban movement – and Afghanistan – might be without him. Whether or not Mullah Omar is dead or alive, his long absence from public view is posing …

Policy and the Personal –

A lot of people inside the Beltway are tut-tutting about the recent campaign focus on Mitt Romney’s personal history — his record of profiting even as workers suffered, his mysterious was-he-or-wasn’t-he role at Bain Capital after 1999, his equally mysterious refusal to release any tax returns from before 2010. Some …

Rare pink diamond auctioned for $17.4M

A rare pink diamond was sold for a record-breaking price in an auction in Hong Kong on Tuesday. This pink sparkler fetched approximately $17.4 million including the premium, much higher than the expected price. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis.

Israeli archaeologists find rare ancient jewelry

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare trove of 3,000-year-old jewelry, including a ring and earrings, hidden in a ceramic jug near the ancient city of Megiddo, where the New Testament predicts the final battle of Armageddon. Archaeologists who unearthed the jug during excavations at the …