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Great Weekend Reads

Another look at stories you may have missed this week.

(News Desk/GlobalPost)

Catholics around the world celebrated the selection of a new pope, while North Korea intensified its sabre rattling against the US and South Korea. In the meantime, physicists have become even more certain that a previously discovered particle is in fact the elusive Higgs Boson, while Ukraine squashes rumors of a secretive killer dolphin training program.

No matter how you cut it, it's been a big week for the world. Here's a sampling of the most important stories from GlobalPost and a look at some of the news you may have missed.

In-Depth Series: Confict in the Koreas
Reports of an assassination on Kim Jong Un emerge as North Korea reportedly launches two missiles. Here is GP's full coverage of the world's most dangerous neighborhoods.



Is Obama to blame for the mess in Afghanistan?

A new book by an administration insider argues a "dithering" White House has led to key missteps in Afghanistan and a loss of American power in the world.



The significance of Pope Francis, first Jesuit pontiff

In electing a member of the Society of Jesus, the Catholic Church, for the first time, elevates a 'foot soldier of the pope' to lead.


Data 'strongly indicates' Higgs boson was found

A subatomic particle discovered last year could be the Higgs boson.




Raw Feed: Horsemeat? Mais non!
Video: World's largest market reacts to horse meat scandal.





War on drugs: What is it good for?
Four decades after President Nixon declared war on drugs, nearly everyone agrees it's time for a truce.





Planet Pic: Maha Kumbh Mela
Maha Kumbh Mela is a festival celebrated every 12 years which encourages millions to wash their sins away in the holy waters near Allahabad.




How the media failed to predict the next pope

Why did so many media outlets fail to include Cardinal Bergoglio in the scores of predictions that surrounded the conclave? Because they didn't follow Nate Silver's lead.




Killer dophins? No, not really.
News about the animals' escape from a military training program in Ukraine was baricated - and not for the first time.