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Hugging gains ground among circumspect Chinese

Posted: May 11, 2014 at 5:52 a.m.

BEIJING -- Of all the changes to sweep China since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 -- stock markets, private cars, fashion -- one prohibition seemed to endure: no hugging.

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An election official prepares voting booths Saturday at a poll station in Mariupol, Ukraine, ahead of a regional referendum today.

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Nigerian Islamists hit town, raze span

Women attend a rally calling on the Government to rescue the school girls kidnapped from the Chibok Government secondary school, in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday May 10, 2014. The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government. The waiting has left parents in agony, especially since they fear some of their daughters have been forced into marriage with their abductors for a nominal bride price of $12. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau called the girls slaves in a video this week and vowed to sell them. "For a good 11 days, our daughters were sitting in one place," said Enoch Mark, the anguished father of two girls abducted from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. "They camped them near Chibok, not more than 30 kilometers, and no help in hand. For a good 11 days." (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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