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Word of the Day: Zomcom

Zombies have infiltrated Bollywood, and the result is cinematic and comedic gold.
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Members of the Indonesian Zombie Club (IZOC) dressed up in zombie costumes march together in Jakarta on January 27, 2013. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images) (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images)
While Go Goa Gone is certainly not the first stab at the zomcom genre — Zombieland? Shaun of the Dead? My Boyfriend's Back? — the unique Bollywood twist that is inherent in the film promises to add a distinct flavor to the mixture of comedy, camaraderie, action and zombies that define the plotline.

Chart of the day: Obama's Cairo speech to the Muslim world compared to Israel

A visualization comparing US President Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world in 2009 to his speech today in Israel.
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US President Barack Obama (L) greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is Obama's first visit as President to the region, and his itinerary will include meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Lior Mizrahi/AFP/Getty Images)
What can we learn from this graphic aside from Obama's (or his speech writers'?) love to repeat "people," "world" and "must"? The subject of both speeches touched on similar points: Israel has the right to exist, but so does Palestine as an independent state.

Noodle diplomacy strikes again

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is a hit in China for ordering cheap lunch.
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US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, left, is greeted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang upon his arrival at the Zhongnanhai diplomatic compound on March 20, 2013 in Beijing. (Andy Wong/Getty Images)

HONG KONG — Jack Lew is getting off to a good start on his first official visit to China.

The new treasury secretary's meeting with Xi Jinping on Tuesday saw him raising the old bugbears of cybersecurity, intellectual theft and currency manipulation. And his official lunch on Tuesday — a modest, cheap meal of dumplings — made him the darling of the public.

Lavish, taxpayer-funded banquets are the norm in China, and they have increasingly come to symbolize official corruption and excess. Lew's perhaps unwittingly humble lunch gave people further occasion to vent at leaders who pig out on the public dime.

He's also following in the footsteps of former US ambassador Gary Locke, who became a meme in China because of his habit of eating cheap, ordinary meals.

More from GlobalPost: Joe Biden likes his noodles cheap

The South China Morning Post translates a nice post from Beijinger Xu Xun:

After reading today’s news about Lew’s 109 yuan dumpling meal, I was reminded of Joe Biden’s 79 yuan meal in a small Beijing eatery, and Gary Locke’s flight to Beijing in an economy class cabin. I also think of the hundreds of billions of yuan our public servants spend each year on meals, transport and overseas trips, and children in rural China who can’t afford clothes, food or school furniture.


Which country has the highest reported incidents of rape? [DATA]

Australia, Botswana and Lesotho had the highest average per capita of reported rape from 2004 to 2010.
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Data interactive of latest rape reports by country and region.

Outrage of the Day: Rape coverage in the media

The Steubenville rape trial may be over, but the discussion about how rape is covered in the media is not.
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Candy Crowley, CNN anchor. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) (Michael Reynolds-Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
And while the ruling may bring an end to the trial that gained media attention for its lurid text messages, cell phone pictures and videos, and social media posts surrounding the sexual abuse of the girl — the discussion of how rape is reported in the media is far from over.

Macho Moment of the Day: Putin and Seagal, together at last

When you combine Putin's flare for Soviet era nostalgia with Seagal's international star power, you've got yourself one winning combination.
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Vladimir Photo and Steven Seagal together at last. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images) (Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images) (AFP/Getty Images)
The inclusion of Seagal in the Pootie-Poot's physical fitness revival plan is a typical Putin flourish that, while unlikely to carry much political significance, is sure to pack a big PR punch.

Act of God of the Day: Chavez nudges Christ to pick South American pope

Even in death, Chavez's politicking is not over.
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Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez laughs during a news conference while attending the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 20, 2006. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
According to Venezuela's acting President, Nicolas Maduro, when it came down to choosing the next Pope, the late Chavez gave his pal, Christ, some direction — in a southward trajectory, to be specific.

Outrage of the Day: Disposable chopsticks and deforestation

In China, the war on disposable chopsticks is an uphill battle.
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A young Chinese boy sucks up a bowl of noodles (Stephen SHAVER/AFP/Getty Images) (AFP/Getty Images)
Judging by the timeline of events thus far, if the disposable chopstick absolutely has to go, you can be sure that its death will be a slow one.

Fun Fact of the Day: Hunger Games, Vaticano style

In recent memory, the papal conclave has generally been a rather quick affair — but that wasn't always the case.
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Cardinals attend a mass at the St. Peter's basilica before the start of the conclave on March 12, 2013, at the Vatican. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
While this gradual starvation of cardinals as impetus to make a decision is perhaps a necessary evil, we still aren't sure that forcing such a momentous decision on a group of hungry older gentlemen is necessarily the most logical option.

Outrage of the Day: Guinea pig-gate

Grand Valley State University has reached a $40,000 settlement with a student who sued to keep a guinea pig in a campus apartment for emotional support. Cue the outrage and bewilderment.
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This little fella looks like he could calm your depressed and stressed mind. (Justin Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)
Whether you're outraged that Grand Valley State has been forced to give Ms. Velzen a $40,000 settlement for her troubles, or if you're more upset that the university threatened to kick little Blanca to the curb in the first place, I think we can all agree on one thing: this entire situation is overwhelmingly underwhelming.