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Must Reads: Raccoons, vigilantes and free speech

September 30, 2012 |  5:30 am

From raccoons ravaging Germany to the relatives of the last Chinese emperor, here are five stories you shouldn't miss from this past week in global news:

In China, last emperor's kin hold rare reunion

Vigilante justice brings terror to 2 African nations

At U.N., free speech divides West and Muslim nations

In Damascus, Syria, life is disappearing from the streets

Unfortunately for Germany, it's 'a wonderland for raccoons'

-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles

Photo: Philippine Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration near the gates of the presidential  palace in Manila on Friday. A group of Filipinos opposed to an anti-Islam video recently filed a petition to order the government to ban it. Credit: Amiel Meneses / European Pressphoto Agency