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Chinese Tea Farmer Finds Twin Bears in Forest

A farmer in Beijing found twin black bear cubs in the forest where he was gathering tea leaves, the Star Tribune reported.

The tea farmers name was Tian Shougui, and found the animals after he heard them crying in the forest.

The tea farmer took them into his home to save their lives without knowing they were bears.

The twins Asiatic black bears, a boy and girl, confirmed by a local animal welfare experts.

Internet Freedom Lessoned in Russia

Due to recent attacks on popular Russian Websites, a top official proposed a ban on Skype, Gmail and Hotmail Friday, the Washington Post reported.

The proposal was due to the fact that the use of the Websites were "uncontrolled."

Bloggers believed that the cyber attacks were because of shadowy government agencies.

Attacks have targeted LiveJournal and Novaya Gazeta.

Rice Latest Nuclear Concern In Japan

As the planting season begins in Japan, there are fears that the radiation has come to rice, causing a huge damper in the national diet, the Star Tribune reported.

The radiation in the rice is believed to be cause from contaminated soil that the rice was harvested in.

Milk and vegetables were the first foods to raise concerns about radiation and Japan's agriculture.

A ban has been placed on any soil found to contain high levels of radioactive cesium. Farmers will be compensated if they cannot grow rice.

Five civilians have been left dead and 46 have been injured during the second day of protests over the burning of the Koran in Florida, the Star Tribune reports.

Riots broke out burning cars and damaging shops Saturday morning in the city of Kandahar.

Even though the Koran was burned on March 20, Afghans didn't find out until four days later when their President Hamid Karzai informed them, condemning it.

A pastor at the church, Wayne Sapp, says he doesn't feel his church is responsible for what happened.

A member of an expert Japanese panel announced that a tsunami could put its reactors in dangers, but a Japanese government agency that had been evaluating the plant for years said it was safe, The Washington Post reports.

The nuclear plant was Fukushima Daiichi, and seismologist Yukinobu Okamura warned of tsunami in 2009 at a series of meetings to discuss the readiness of the Japanese nuclear plants.

An executive from Tokyo Electric Power Co. disagreed with Okamura, saying an earthquake would be a bigger threat.

When the 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck, Daiichi held its ground. It was the tsunami, with its 20-foot waves that hit the plants backup power supply, which resulted in large releases of radiation.

At Least 36 Killed By Suicide Bomber At Pakistani Funeral

A funeral being held by anti-Taliban militia was hit by a suicide bomber Wednesday, killing at least 36 people, The Washington Post reported.

According to Pakistani media, the bomber was a teenager pretending to be attending the funeral.

The boy moved into the crowd just as prayer started and blew himself up, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The funeral, which around 500 people attended, was for the wife of one of the militia members.

4 Americans Killed By Somalian Pirates On Yatch

Four Americans that were being held hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were found dead on their Yatch Monday according to the U.S. military, NPR said.

The Americans, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle, and Jean and Scott Adam of California, were shot and killed by the pirates. They had been traveling on waters between Oman and Somali when their yatch, named Quest, was taken over by the Somali pirates.

U.S. troops took control of the boat and brought 15 pirates into custody and killed two. The pirates had already killed the Americans before the troops boarded the boat, Reuters said.

More than 3,000 Tunisians arrived by boat to a small Italian island recently, and Italy's minister hopes to send armed forces to Tunisia to reduce the flow of the Tunisian immigrants, the New York Times reported.

The immigrant holding center island, called Lampedusa, closer to Tunisia than the Italy mainland,was reopened Sunday and now has hundreds of immigrants sleeping outside due to lack of facilities.

This sudden surge of immigrants is because of last month's protests over poverty and unemployment in Tunisia, where President Ben Ali was overthrown, BBC reported.

Immigrants hope to get to Italy to move on around Europe and find work.

Egypt Protest Continue As Labor Strikes Break Out

Thousands protest in Egypt and joined each other in strike Thursday, Star Tribune reported.

The protests, specifically focused on Mubarak resignation have expanded into anger over low wages and unemployment.

Vice President Omar Suleiman said that there could be a "coup" unless protestors agreed to negotiate terms, Huffington Post reported.

Mubarak Announces He Won't Run Again For President

Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President, says Tuesday that he will step down after the next election from his 30-year rule and not run again as president, according to NPR.

After a week of anti-government protests, Mubarak gave in. "I never wanted power or prestige," saying on state TV that "I can honestly say that I was not intent in standing for the next elections." (NPR)

President Obama spoke to Mubarak before his announcement and insisted on a rapid transition. An "orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now," Obama said. (The New York Times)

Mubarak will remain in his current position until the next presidential election in September, according to The New York Times.

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