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Afghan Officials Arrest 5 with 11 Tons of Explosives

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Afghan security forces arrested five men Saturday who possessed 11 tons of explosives, which they are suspected to have possessed in order to attack the capital of Kabul.

The men were arrested on the outskirts of Kabul, where they were driving a truck with Pakistani license plates. The truck contained 400 bags holding explosives hidden beneath sacks of potatoes, reported MSNBC. Three of the men were Pakistani terrorists, while the other two were Afghani collaborators. All five confessed to being trained by the Pakistani Taliban.

According to the New York Times, the explosives were also intended to be used in assassinating Afghanistan's second vice president, Karim Khalili.

On the same day the men were arrested, other attackers took over buildings in Kabul. The Taliban posted video clips of their attack plots on heir Alemara website.

Avalanche Buries 135 in Pakistan

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An avalanche crashed down on a military base in Pakistan close to the India border Saturday, leaving 135 people, including 124 soldiers, missing, reported BBC News.

No survivors have yet been found since 6 a.m. Saturday, when the 70 feet deep snowdrift covered the Gayari base, located on the side of the 49-mile-long Siachen Glacier in the Himalayas, reported the New York Times.

According to Time, the Siachen Glacier is known as the world's highest battlefield, where more people have died from weather conditions than from combat.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since 1947 over Kashmir, and have kept troops from both countries stationed on the Siachen since 1984.

An avalanche in 2010 killed 24 Pakistani troops, which was previously the largest loss in an avalanche until Saturday.

Canada to Stop Producing Pennies

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The Canadian government announced in its budget plan Thursday that it will stop minting pennies and completely withdraw them from circulation.

This change will save taxpayers $11 million and financial institutions about $20 million. Prices will also be rounded to the nearest nickel, reported Bloomberg. It costs 1.6 cents to make a penny, 35 billion of which have been produced since 1908.

According to Time, the U.S. is headed down a similar track. The Obama Administration's most recent budget included a proposal to reduce the cost of producing pennies and nickels to help curb federal deficit. U.S. pennies currently cost 2.4 cents to make, and nickels cost 11.2 cents.

Canada will produce its last pennies in April, and will discontinue distributing them a few months later, Time said.

Creator of Red Bull Dies

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Chaleo Yoovidhya, the created of the Red Bull energy drink and the world's 205th richest person, died in Bangkok March 17.

Before he became worth $5 million, Yoovidhya was born to poor Chinese immigrants in northern Thailand. He went on to found T.C. Pharmaceuticals in 1962, which was what led him to develop Krathing Daeng, said the Washington Post.

Krathing Daeng, which means "red bull" in Thai, was marketed toward laborers and farmers who needed an energy boost, reported the New York Times. An Austrian salesman, Dietrich Mateschitz, tried Yoovidhya's concoction and the two eventually went into business together. Red Bull was officially mass produced in 1987.

Yoovidhya's personality, however, differed largely from those who use Red Bull as their drink-of-choice on a Friday night out. The Red Bull creator was so reclusive that according to his son, he hadn't given an interview in 30 years, reported the New York Times. Yoovidhya was so much of a recluse that media sources have had difficulty agreeing on how old he was when he died. His reported ages range from 80 to 90.

As for his family, Yoovidhya had 11 children over the course of two marriages. Yoovidhya's son Chalerm held a 2 percent stake in the Red Bull company.

Strauss-Khan Speech Sparks Protests

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At least three people were arrested when over 100 angry protesters greeted former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Khan at Cambridge University last Friday.

Police charged a 20- and 21-year-old Cambridge man and woman, respectively, with criminal damage, and also charged a 19-year-old man with obstructing a police officer. A fourth woman was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, but will not face charges, BBC reported.

The protests, which included chants of "DSK, go away," ignited in response to a private speech on economics Strauss-Khan delivered by request of the Cambridge Union Society, the university's debate society.

Strauss-Khan, 62, has been linked to several sex scandals over the past year. Although he has not yet been convicted by any of his sexual assault and rape charges, the scandals halted his campaign for president of France and caused him to step down from his IMF position, according to CNN.

"In order for us to be a neutral forum promoting free speech, without caveats or conditions, we can't engage in any kind of judgement on people," Katie Lam, president of the Cambridge Union Society, told BBC News.

But according to some students, including Francesca Williams, 21, the controversy over DSK's appearance had nothing to do with free speech. "They're inviting a man who hates women," Williams said, according to The Associated Press. "I don't think DSK should be given the privilege of speaking in front of a private audience."

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