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  1. Deadly Chinese Blast, Bali Eruption and Putin on DC Ice

    Know This: An explosion has reportedly killed at least two people and injured dozens in the Chinese port city Ningbo. The Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupted Saturday evening, sending ash 13,000 feet into the air and disrupting flights in the area. And soldiers have been deployed in Pakistan to control violent clashes in the capital, Islamabad, that resulted from changes to legislators’ Islam-oriented oath.

    Ice Capade: “The financial newspaper Vedomosti, citing Kremlin sources, reported that the project was developed by a Moscow consulting agency called IMA-Consulting, which holds a reported $600,000 contract to promote the country’s presidential election in March.” — Background on Washington Capitals hockey star Alex Ovechkin’s “PutinTeam” effort to promote Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of his expected re-election campaign.

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