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American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev, flying east over the Pacific Ocean, surpassed the previous record of just over 5,200 miles set in 1981 for gas-filled balloons.
Raif Badawi is being punished for insulting Islam. He was flogged Jan. 9, part of a sentence of 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, along with a decade in prison. Two previous rounds were also canceled.
Jeptoo, the three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, tested positive for EPO, a performance-enhancing drug. Last year, she was well on her way to winning the World Marathon Majors championship.
Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country's institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China's leaders and political system.