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In one particular part of Beijing, stray cats are more than welcome

If you're a stray cat in Beijing, the Forbidden City is the place for you. The museums there use stray cats to protect their artifacts from rats and other vermin. In Ukraine, they're less interested in stray cats and more interested in Bitcoins — the cryptocurrency may be a quick way to support the protesters who are still camped in Independence Square.

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They were married in the morning, now this couple makes their first Buddhist offering together

My translator and I tagged along with a couple of Buddhist monks wearing maroon robes, wrapped in the formal style covering necks and arms. I thought they were headed out for their morning walk to gather offerings. But after winding through narrow alleys into another Yangon township, I learned that they were headed instead to the home of some longtime-devotees. A young couple had been married that morning, and now wanted to make their first offering as husband and wife.

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Awaiting President Obama in Myanmar

President Obama is due to visit Myanmar on Monday. It's a sign of how far the Asian country has come on reform in the past few years. Many Burmese are welcoming Obama's visit, including young people who are studying the American system of government.