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This is how these 12 countries will punish you for insulting their heads of state

When the king of Bahrain recently upped the penalty for anyone found guilty of “offending” him, it reminded us just how many countries count defaming their head of state a crime. It may be par for the course in the United States, but in dozens of nations around the world, badmouthing your commander-in-chief will earn you fines, imprisonment or even a flogging. Here are 11 countries where it's an offense to offend, and one where it soon might be.

Newspaper apologizes for cartoon showing swastika flying over Canada's parliament

Readers have been slow to forgive over satire that was 'simply aligning the Harper government’s policies with the Nazis.'

That time North Korea’s Kim Jong Un got swarmed by time-traveling female fighter pilots

The Western world got the chance to step back in time thanks to a series of photos released by North Korea's news agency this week. What the photos seem to tell us is that North Korea’s air force is populated by a sassy bunch of gals just over the moon for a fella named Kim Jong Un. North Korea is totally prepared for World War III, with uniforms left over from the last World War.

Billionaire Richard Branson has turned his private Caribbean island into a rare animal sanctuary

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, is super rich - so rich that he owns a 72-acre private island, called Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands. Among Branson's guests there are some 300 different species of rare and endangered animals, including Galapagos tortoises and six species of lemur that are native to Madagascar and nearly extinct.

Watch Chinese artist Li Hongbo's mind-blowing take on classical sculpture

Li Hongbo builds whimsical, strange, and beautiful sculptures by layering several thousand paper sheets - individually gluing each one to the next - until the stack is large enough to start shaping. Then he shaves, chisels, sands, and cuts. He's made amorphous blobs that stretch and twist, a large log that turns into a massively long worm, and many more things that are awesome.

#LondonPoo: South Londoners are apparently having a really crappy time

Late last night in London #poonami began trending. Why, you ask? A pipe burst, flooding Clapham Road in Kennington, South London, with what looked like a deluge of excrement. The murky river, which trapped residents in their homes and flooded basement flats, triggered the catchy hashtag #londonpoo. 
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