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Great Weekend Reads

Another look at stories you might have missed this week.

Oscar Pistorius was released on bail, John Kerry preps for his maiden international trip as secretary of state, and South Korea talks nuclear weapons.

No matter how you cut it, it's been a big week for the world. Here is a sampling of stories you might have missed.

Oscar Pistorius granted bail (LIVE BLOG)
South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, will be released on bail. 

 

 

Japanese turn against whaling
Report says hunt cost government $8.5 million a year, unsold meat leaves 6,000-ton stockpile.

 

 

 

The plight of Shiites in Pakistan
Pakistani Shiites are desperate for help. Can they get it from their own government?

 

 

'Searching for Sugar Man' star tours South Africa
With a documentary about his unlikely career up for an Oscar, the American musician Rodriguez returns to his fervent fans in South Africa.

 

 

 

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman: Most-wanted drug lord suspected dead in shootout
Most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is suspected to be dead after a shootout in Guatemala near the Mexican border.

 

 

John Kerry prepares for inaugural trip as secretary of state
John Kerry lays out his world vision and defends foreign spending ahead of his first tour as secretary of state.

 

 

 

South Korea calls for development of nuclear weapons
US ambassador responds that it would be a "huge mistake."

 

 

 

 

In Nigeria, oil divides the rich and poor
In Warri, Nigeria, oil barrons bunker themselves off from the desperate poor, who are left without a steady income of basic services.

 

 

 

India: Hyderbad bomb blasts labeled 'terror attack'; at least 15 killed
Police are calling the series of bomb blasts a "terror attack" and the US State Dept. called it a "cowardly attack."

 

 

 

Number of the Day: 15
That was the percentage of Americans who approve of the job that Congress is doing. Just how bad is it? Here are eight things they consider better than US lawmakers.

 

 

 

True/False: 9 international films to watch this year
The True/False film fest is celebrating its 10th year with a range of gripping documentaries and dramas from around the world.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/130222/great-weekend-reads