Global Politics

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Global Politics

European Union prepares to adopt 24th official language as costs mount, calls for English rise

In the European Union, every language is an official language. Government officials speak in the official language of their country, and those comments are then translated into 22, soon to be 23, other languages. All of that costs $1.4 billion per year — and that total will increase when Croatian becomes an official language later this year.

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Iran launches research rocket

Iran announced today that it has launched a research rocket into space. The rocket is carrying a mouse, two turtles, and about a dozen worms. John Pike is Director of GlobalSecurity.org. That's a defense information website based in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Iran marks 1979 revolution

Pro-government Iranians have been rallying to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the rally to attack the West. The opposition is trying to stage counter-demonstrations. The World's Laura Lynch has the story.

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Radio royalties

Hairdressers in Barcelona are threatening a rebellion over a government plan to make hair salons pay royalties for playing the radio in their shops. Sarah Rainsford reports from Barcelona.

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Mistaken identity

Freelance journalist Alon Tuval has the misfortune of looking a lot like one of the suspects in the Dubai case. He says even friends are mistaking him for one of those involved. He's in Jerusalem now. Katy Clark checks in with him.