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Must Reads: Charming snakes, Jeremy Lin and unease in Egypt

February 26, 2012 | 12:00 am

Jeremy Lin shakes hands after playing in a basketball game at a school in Chinia.

From an identity crisis among Indian snake charmers to a woman vying to be the first female president of Mexico, here are five stories you shouldn't miss from this week in global news:

Rise in crime intensifies in once-safe Egypt

India snake charmers have identity crisis

For China, Jeremy Lin is an inspiration -- to a point

Mexico presidential candidate Vazquez Mota embraces role

Largely unnoticed, Maarat Numan, Syria, fends off a regime

-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles

Photo: U.S. basketball player Jeremy Lin shakes hands after playing in a friendly game at the Pinghu middle school in his family's ancestral home in eastern China's Zhejiang province in May 2011. Credit: Agence France-Presse / Getty Images