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Weekly Review — January 19, 2016, 11:54 am

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The United States lifts economic sanctions against Iran, Mein Kampf sells out in Germany, and Auckland bans mermaid swimsuits

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Somalia bans Christmas, Canada runs out of candy canes, and a monkey steals a bus

Weekly Review — October 27, 2015, 11:29 am

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Justin Trudeau becomes prime minister-designate of Canada, a three-year-old boy drives a car, and Malaysia bans the Love and Sex with Robots conference

Weekly Review — September 22, 2015, 8:00 am

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Hungarians seal their border, a 14-year-old Somali-American is arrested for brining a clock to school, and scientists launch the Campaign Against Sex Robots

Weekly Review — July 7, 2015, 8:00 am

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Boko Haram kills 200 villagers in Nigeria, the mayor of Sacramento files for a restraining order against his city, and a teenager in Arkansas finds a four-inch centipede in his ear.

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Weekly Review — May 26, 2015, 8:00 am

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The Islamic State seizes Palmyra, McDonald’s employees protest in Chicago, and the brains of nine animals are found on a street in New York

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