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Quebecer Edith Blais talks writing and moving on after 450 days as hostage in Africa

Edith Blais' kidnapping and everything that happened in between, are chronicled in "The Weight of Sand," which was released in French earlier this year and is now being published in translation. It recounts the agonizing and dangerous months she spent as a hostage: being shuttled from camp to camp at gunpoint, sheltering under trees, enduring insects, sandstorms and crippling boredom, embarking on hunger strikes and, eventually, breaking free.

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UN chief warns China, U.S. to avoid new Cold War

Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their 'completely dysfunctional' relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the rest of the planet.

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