I recently realized that dumping a Python dictionary to the terminal may give different results compared to printing a particular value to the screen. It's best to demonstrate by example using the Python repl.
As you can see dumping the dictionary to the terminal does not display the special characters. Because of this I spent far too long (40 minutes?) trying to figure out why the source of my text was faulty, when in fact it was simply the way I was displaying the text that was faulty.
Lets try the same code using python 3.4
As we can see here Python 3.4 has no problem handling these characters.