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    Sometimes a single photograph says it all. Vladimir Putin's inauguration is being protested by thousands of Russians who marched and rioted in Moscow over the weekend. Photojournalist Julia Ioffe was live-tweeting from the scene when she happened to snap a little boy on his bicycle (with training wheels, no less) facing down a seemingly endless squadron of Russian riot police in helmets and fatigues. The photo is fast becoming an iconic image of the demonstrators' anger at Putin's return to power. Ioffe called the picture "Russia's Tiananmen Square image," comparing it to the memorable shot of a lone man in a white shirt standing in front of a column of tanks during the 1989 protests in Beijing. Ioffe tweeted the picture to her 6,000 followers, and it's being rapidly retweeted and shared on Tumblr blogs. The boy's identity is unknown at this point, but he will no doubt become an important symbol for Russian

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  • Marvel's The AvengersAmerica created instant gratification. Now we have to wait for our own movies?

    "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." "Battleship." Even "The Avengers"— starring good ol' American superheros. (Well, except Thor and Black Widow). All those blockbusters premiered in other countries days, or even weeks, ahead of their U.S. debut.

    We may have ourselves to blame.  Hollywood blockbuster budgets get bloated with special effects and A-list actors (with their A-list salaries), but domestic box office has been in a decline. Man cannot live by 3D alone, and we ungratefully angle for intangibles like plot and dialogue. Overseas cinephiles meanwhile, queue up for whatever rat-a-tat 3D adventures are thrown up on the screen. Movies, after all, have long been America's leading cultural export, and why shouldn't studios reward the most appreciative customers with the first peek?

    Smurfs at the Belgian premiereLook at the size of that international box office: The earnings potential can be exponential, as Hollywood learned in 2010, a

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  • Ron Bufalini, from Ambridge, Pa., looks over the free comic books available at the New Dimensions Comics store on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Cranberry, Pa. Bufalini says he likes to take advantage of the annual give away to look into different genres of comic books as well as get a few of his favorites.
    The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
    Yahoo! and across the Web for Friday, May 4, 2012

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    A cease-fire has done little to stop the bloody clashes in Syria, where residents in the country's largest city have decided to take a stand against the government violence. Far above the madness, a double astronomical event will occupy night-watchers the whole weekend. And those who like a bargain — as in free — may want to check into the neighborhood comic book stores this Saturday for an annual event that has spread to 40 countries. For more reading, here are the searches — and the stories behind them — that you readers have pulling up across the Web.

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    Syria: Aleppo had not participated in the civil war against President Bashar Assad, but the country's largest city became the site of the largest protests against the Syrian president since March 2011. Thousands gathered

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    Swarms of people are now furious with Spirit Airlines. Not because of fare hikes or baggage fees or the lack of leg room -- problems familiar to any flier -- but because of the airline's lack of heart. Jerry Meekins, a 76-year-old Vietnam veteran from Florida who is battling esophageal cancer, bought a $197 ticket to visit his daughter in New Jersey. Two weeks before his trip, his doctors told him his cancer was terminal, and that he should no longer fly. Meekins tried to get a refund from Spirit, but the airline refused, as Meekins had bought a nonrefundable ticket. Protesters are taking to a Facebook page called "Boycott Spirit Airlines," which has over 30,000 "likes" to voice their disgust. Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza tried to explain that a refund would have been issued had Meekins bought the $14 travelers insurance. Maybe so. But how do you put a price on this growing PR backlash? "Shame on you Spirit

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    A politician long oppressed by the opposition now joins them in a country's historic chapter. A man who comes from a long line of daredevils decides on a honeymoon destination for his next trick. And even those who don't know the odds of Daddy Long Legs versus Rousing Sermon versus I'll Have Another will be sipping a southern tradition this weekend. Toast to what you readers have been searching.

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    Aung San Suu Kyi: The politician's roots in Burma's evolution went deep. Her father founded the army and helped win the country's independence from the British in 1947, only to be assassinated that year. Her mother gradually rose in the political ranks, becoming an ambassador to India and Nepal. Kyi received her degrees in England, where she met her husband, and returned in 1998 to

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