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Revelry Time In Rio

Roman emperors and space aliens will party together this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. So will sultans and vampires, landless peasants and medieval knights, a few thousand drummers and countless topless dancers. No, it’s not the bar scene from “Star Wars,” it’s the Rio Carnival parade, the centerpiece of the annual four-day bash of drinking, dancing and sex that ushers in Lent. The revelry starts tonight and lasts through Ash Wednesday. Above, a worker walks past decorations prepared by one of the neighborhood clubs, called schools, for the fierce parade competition.


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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

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North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.