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The debate surrounding Olympic yoga

May 25, 2016

Few people in the US think of yoga as a sport, let alone an Olympic sport, but that's not the case in India, where yoga expert Gopal Ji says it's been a competitive sport for over 1,200 years.

Ji is spearheading the movement to get yoga into the Olympics. In competitions, competitors are judged on balance, strength, poise, flexibility and grace. Ji says yoga as sport is popular in India and it's different than how Americans view it‹as primarily therapeutic means of relaxation.

When Wilmot Collins and his wife Maddie arrived in Ghana after escaping the Liberian civil war in September 1990, he weighed just 90 pounds. Maddie was about 87 pounds. They were starving, dehydrated and sick. Both had to be rushed to the hospital.

Renewed controversy over heavy American military presence on the Japanese island of Okinawa swirled as President Obama arrived in Japan for the G7 summit. Just a week earlier, a former U.S. Marine allegedly raped and killed a local Okinawa woman, triggering protests on the island.

The Afghan Taliban have announced their next leader: Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, an extremist scholar with no military experience.

With the announcement, the Taliban confirmed that their previous leader, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan last week.

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Ronit Shy, a 48-year-old mother of three, was shocked when she was among 200 Israelis chosen for a recent housing lottery.

"I didn't believe it. I answered the phone and thought they were pulling my leg," says Shy, who is divorced and works two jobs. She says there were 6,000 entrants.

Her current home in Rosh Ha'ayin — an Israeli suburb of Tel Aviv tucked up against the West Bank, where she's lived her whole life — is a duplex created from a bungalow tossed up decades ago when the town was quickly built for a influx of immigrants.

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It was the tasting that revolutionized the wine world.

Forty years ago today, the crème de la crème of the French wine establishment sat in judgment for a blind tasting that pitted some of the finest wines in France against unknown California bottles. Only one journalist bothered to show up — the outcome was considered a foregone conclusion.

"Obviously, the French wines were going to win," says George Taber, who was then a correspondent for Time magazine in Paris. He says everyone thought "it's going to be a nonstory."

In the wake of a spectacular $81 million heist involving Bangladesh's central bank, the top official for the messaging system used to move billions of dollars every day throughout the global banking system says he's going on the offensive against cybercriminals.

Gottfried Leibbrandt, chief executive of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), announced the plan today in Brussels.

The fish people kill to own

May 24, 2016

People love having exotic fish in their aquariums. They'll pay big money for them, even when it's illegal. And it turns out that some people will kill for the right fish.

Author Emily Voigt descended into this crazy underworld for her new book, "The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession and the World's Most Coveted Fish," which tells the tale of what is perhaps the world's most sought-after aquarium fish: the Asian arowana.

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