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Iraq wave of violence kills 50

Iraqi policemen and people gather at the site of a car bomb in Talibiya in Baghdad. Photo: AFP Baghdad: A wave of coordinated car bombs ripped through Shi’ite areas of Baghdad on Tuesday, the deadliest attacks in nationwide violence that killed 50 people, as Iraq grapples with surging unrest. The bloodshed added to concerns that Iraq is edging towards a ...

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As Tensions Rise In Middle East, Iran Claims To Have Overhauled Warship

On the cusp of foreign intervention in Syria, the Iranian government claims to have affixed state-of-the-art radar and weapons systems on one of its warships. The purported upgrades include domestically produced radar system that can detect cruise missiles and stealth technology, as well as new weapons system that will “improve performance and firepower.” The claims come through Iranian state-run media, ...

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Six killed as smuggled ammunition explodes on Turkey-Syria border

ANKARA (Reuters) – A consignment of live ammunition exploded as it was being smuggled into Turkey, killing six people on the border with Syria on Tuesday, the provincial governor’s office said. The ammunition mixed with scrap metal was being taken into Turkey’s Hatay province from Syria, the…

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Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

Recent revelations that the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has been gushing radioactive water into the ocean have forced the Japanese government to step in amid concerns that the plant’s operator, TEPCO, is unable to manage the crisis. Japanese Prime…

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Russian reports: 2 missiles fired in Mediterranean

MOSCOW — Russian state-owned news agencies say Russian radar systems have detected two “ballistic objects” fired from the central Mediterranean toward the eastern part of the sea. RIA…

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Rogge Leaves IOC in Sturdy Shape After 12 Years

Twelve years after taking over an IOC recovering from its worst ethics scandal, Jacques Rogge is leaving with the Olympic body in much sturdier shape but facing serious challenges. The 71-year-old Belgian steps down as president next Tuesday after steering the International Olympic Committee through a period of relative stability that spanned three Summer Olympics…

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Egyptian helicopter gunships attack Sinai militants

Egyptian helicopter gunships have attacked militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula in a continuing effort to control the largely lawless region. Government troops have stepped up their crackdown on militants in the peninsula bordering Gaza and Israel, arresting suspects and destroying…

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Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea

Return visit: Former basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives at Pyongyang airport. Photo: Reuters Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has arrived back in Pyongyang, Chinese state media report, after he said he was going to see his “friend” North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, whose regime has jailed a US citizen. Korean-American Kenneth Bae, 44, has been held prisoner in the North ...

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Markets Jump as Syria Action Is Delayed

Stocks on Wall Street rose Tuesday after President Obama opted to seek Congressional authorization for military action against Syria, a move that was likely to delay any strike for at least several days. In early trading the Standard & Poor’s 500-share index gained 1 percent, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.7 percent and the Nasdaq composite was 1.2 percent ...

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Verizon and Vodafone strike record deal

Verizon Communications has agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone out of its US wireless business. The deal marks the third biggest corporate takeover in history. US telecom giant Verizon and Vodafone announced Monday that the…

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