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Airborne: Competitors flew at the annual traditional sleigh race in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday.

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Star-struck: At a recent press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, staff writer Scott Baldauf was faced with a dilemma (see story). "You need to talk with several people, all of whom seem to be making for the exits. But across the room, you see a woman who happens to be one of your favorite authors on Africa," Scott says. "What do you do?"

Scott had caught sight of Michela Wrong, a British reporter who has written two books: "I Didn't Do It for You," on the Eritrean-Ethiopian war, and "In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz," about the last days of Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko. "When she was about to duck out, I moved fast and told her how much I enjoyed her work, in that embarrassing way that you do when you meet, say, George Clooney on the street."

Scott says she was quite gracious to her fan – maybe because he restrained himself and didn't ask for her autograph.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Monday, Jan. 7: The Hague, Netherlands Resumption of war-crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

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