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    Putin becomes eighth-degree black belt

    Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, rides horses while shirtless. He catches massive fish and gives them a kiss. He tranquilizes tigers.

    He also is apparently pretty good on the mat.

    Putin, 62, has been awarded a karate black belt, the Russian Kyokushin-kan Karate-do Federation said Friday.

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