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Japan official vows help in resolving nuke crisis

Japan’s industry minister pledged urgent government action Monday to curb leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters that lax maintenance by the plant’s operator was largely to blame for the series of leaks from storage tanks at the plant, which was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. “The urgency ...

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Iraq bombings: at least 47 killed in day of terror

Car bombs, roadside bombs and shootings killed at least 47 people in Iraq on Sunday, police and medical sources said, as tensions intensified between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims across the Middle East. Sunni Muslim insurgents and the al-Qa’ida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq have significantly increased their attacks this year. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the highest monthly ...

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Hague hints at Syria military move

The Foreign Secretary declined to be drawn on the options being considered by Western allies but would not rule out the possibility of air strikes or other measures being taken within days. And he told MPs demanding the recall of parliament from its summer break ahead of any British involvement in any such intervention that it would “depend on the ...

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Myanmar village rocked by sectarian violence

Htan Gone, Myanmar – Members of a 1 000-strong Buddhist mob torched dozens of homes and shops in north-western Myanmar following rumours that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman, officials and witnesses said, as the country was once again gripped by sectarian violence. The rioters, who sang the country’s national anthem as they rampaged, dispersed after ...

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Of 6 weekend wildfires, firefighters contain only 2

Six wildfires burned across the region this weekend, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry. Four of the fires were still burning Sunday evening, but…

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Egypt courts hear cases against Mubarak, Islamists

Comment () Tweet CAIRO (AP) — Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is being taken by helicopter to a Cairo courthouse to face retrial in connection with the killings of protesters in 2011, the same day as a separate court is to begin proceedings against leaders of his archrival, the Muslim Brotherhood, on similar charges. Police said the deposed president was ...

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Gen. Dunford visits FOB Zangabad, awards badges (The United States Army)

(Source: The United States Army) FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan — Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander visited Forward Operating Base Zangabad Aug. 22, 2013, to view the progress made in Regional Command South. Dunford received a…

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12 Yemeni air force cadets die in Al Qaeda attack

Tweet Sanaa, Aug 25 (IANS) Al Qaeda affiliates Sunday launched a bomb attack on a bus near the air force base in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing 12 air force cadets, officials and witnesses said. “A bus carrying 24 air force…

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Arrests in Egypt go beyond Islamists

CAIRO – Having crushed the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian authorities have begun cracking down on other dissenters, sometimes labeling even liberal activists or labor organizers as dangerous Islamists. Ten days ago, the police arrested two left-leaning Canadians – one of them a filmmaker specializing in highly un-Islamic movies about sexual politics – and implausibly announced that they were members of ...

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Australia’s opposition leader pledges stronger economy if elected PM

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott, favorite to win September 7 elections, launched his campaign on Sunday promising to build a stronger economy, putting bulldozers on the ground and cranes in the skies. Polls show Abbott is poised to end six years of Labor rule and sweep into office on a pro-business platform of ...

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