Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont's 14-bis biplane takes off from a French field in 1906.
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It's Ash Wednesday, and while we freeze up here in New England, the people of Brazil are picking up the mess after four days of rampage and decadent partying during their legendary Carnival celebrations. But even if Carnival's reputation is due to the wild dancing, singing and flirting, it is also a time to open up and be what you want but can't — or are afraid — to be. It's a celebration of the imagination and of personal freedom, a marriage of the sacred and the profane.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) say the video shows an Iranian shipment bound for Gaza.
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The Israeli military claims to have seized a ship carrying advanced Iranian-made weaponry bound for Gaza.
The Israel Defense Forces "intercepted an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. The operation took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning," the IDF said in a statement on its website.
-- DAVID BYRNE of the Talking Heads and author CHRIS RUEN are two members of the high-profile collective known as the Content Creators Coalition. They explain why they believe radio and streaming services should pay musicians more to play their songs, and what they're doing to achieve that.
We've got more context on the Ukraine crisis today. Natalia Antelava tells us about the Tatars of Crimea and we hear the view from Ukraine's neighbor Poland as well. Plus a conversation about the pop culture that informs Americans views of Russia.
Also today, the upside of failure with the curator of an exhibit called "Fail Better" at the Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin. He's full of interesting examples of spectacular human failures that ultimately led to great success.
Debo Adegbile, shown at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 when he was an attorney with the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the NAACP.
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Eight Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, joined Republicans in a vote to block President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Delegates from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march from Tiananmen Square to the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Tuesday in Beijing.
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China said Wednesday that it plans to increase defense outlays by more than 12 percent, to nearly $132 billion, this year in the face of what a top military official described as increasingly severe security challenges for Beijing.