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$163.2 Million Art Heist in Switzerland

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  • Three armed and masked men stole four masterpieces by Cezanne, Degas, van Gogh, and Monet worth $163.2 million from a Zurich museum. Sunday's art heist was one of the largest ever in Europe. The still-at-large robbers stole the paintings from the E.G. Buehrle Collection. — ABC News

  • Military rulers in Burma (Myanmar) said they would hold a national referendum in May to approve a new constitution. Democratic elections will follow in 2010, the first since 1990. The country's military junta came under international scrutiny last October after it violently repressed prodemocracy demonstrations. — The Christian Science Monitor
  • The European Union has proposed sweeping immigration reform in an attempt to combat illegal immigration, terrorism, and organized crime. Non-Europeans, including citizens of the US and other countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter, would need to submit biometric data before crossing Europe’s border. — The New York Times

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