Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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LOOK, BUT DO NOT TOUCH

As museums go, the one in Zendagan, Afghanistan, was such a bomb - literally - that experts were put to work dismantling it. At the request of the Taliban movement, UN specialists defused hundreds of live land mines, mortar shells, rockets, grenades, and other ordnance left over from various battles in the war-ravaged country. The exhibit was meant to teach residents the explosive potential of various devices they might come across in their travels. But any one of them, if it had blown up, could have set off a chain reaction, destroying the town.

MAY WE SEE YOUR PROOF, SIR?

Two Japanese are currying no favor with the Indian subcontinent because of their application for a patent. Hirayama Mokoto and Ohashi Sachiyo seek recognition as the "inventors" of the spicy powder that flavors the food of hundreds of millions of south Asians. If successful, they can claim royalties on all products containing it that enter Japan. The government of India reportedly views the matter "with concern. …

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