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11:17 AM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
This photo taken in 1993 and released by the WWF shows a Saola in Vietnam when it was captured. (Photo: AP)
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Every weekend USA TODAY takes a bite-sized look in approximately 180 characters per item at the past week's top stories from around the world.

'Asian unicorn'

A horned, antelope-like creature known as the 'Asian unicorn' was caught on camera in Vietnam for the first time in 15 years. The saola was captured by a camera set up by the WWF and the Vietnamese government.

Price isn't right

Venezuela intensified a perceived fight against "bourgeois parasites" by threatening to force more stores to sell their merchandise at cut-rate prices.

Kids rule

China made its first major change to its "one-child policy" in nearly 30 years to grapple with a massive shift in its population toward the elderly, who cannot work and need support, say experts.

Dynastic in Japan

Caroline Kennedy arrived in Japan to take up her role as U.S. ambassador. Kennedy is the first woman to serve in the post and her arrival has been hugely anticipated locally.

Cricket star's final test

India's cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar played his final match in Mumbai. Tendulkar is a sporting and cultural hero to millions and tickets for his last game could have been sold ten times over.

Mayor without portfolio

The Toronto City Council voted 39-3 to strip controversial Mayor Rob Ford of key executive powers. Ford is threatening legal action.

Equine cuisine

Britain's Princess Anne said Britons should consider changing their attitude towardeating horse meat. She said that a market for horse meat would help the welfare of horses.

Wood through the trees

Brazil's government reported that the annual destruction of its Amazon rain forestjumped by 28% after four straight years of declines.

Ban on the ban

Albania rejected a request to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.The refusal left the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons without a country to host the eradication of Syria's estimated 1,000-metric ton arsenal.

Typhoon Haiyan

Incredible stories of fear and the fight for survival from people caught up in the typhoon in the Philippines continued to filter in more than a week after the storm ravaged the island nation. Aid also finally started to arrive.


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