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In start of long operation, Fukushima removes first fuel rods

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant completed on Thursday the removal of the first fuel rods from a cooling pool high up in a badly damaged reactor building, a rare success in the often fraught battle to control the site. The batch of 22 unused fuel assemblies, which each contain 50-70 of the fuel rods, ...

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Japan volcano raises new island

A volcanic eruption has raised a new island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, earthquake experts say. Japan’s coast guard and the country’s Meteorological Agency said the islet was about 660ft in diameter and just off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, which is also known as the Bonin islands. The ...

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New questions for PM Harper in Duffy scandal

OTTAWA — The country first learned Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff had personally bailed out Sen. Mike Duffy in a TV news report that aired late at night on Tuesday, May 14. “CTV News has learned that while auditors were going over Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy’s living expenses, Harper’s right-hand man, his own chief of staff, was already ...

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Edward Snowden leaks: UK officials allowed NSA to access British citizens’ personal data

The US National Security Agency (NSA) reached an agreement in 2007 to access information they were not previously allowed to, according to the latest leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden. Previously citizens of the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand had been protected from surveillance from one another’s intelligence agencies under the ‘Five Eyes’ partnership. But under the terms of ...

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US, Afghanistan reach draft deal

Kabul/Washington – The United States and Afghanistan reached a draft agreement on Wednesday laying out the terms under which US troops may stay beyond 2014, one day before Afghan elders are to debate the issue. A draft accord released by the Afghan government appears to meet US demands on such controversial issues as whether US troops would unilaterally conduct counterterrorism ...

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Illinois legalises same-sex marriage

Chicago – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, making the home state of President Barack Obama the 16th to allow such unions. The Illinois law, which takes effect June 1, is the latest in a series of recent victories for gay rights, coming after Hawaii’s governor signed gay marriage ...

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US drone strike kills eight in Pakistan

The US unmanned drone fired three missiles on the school killing students and teachers, local security sources said. They said eight people were killed in the early morning strike, the first US drone attack in the…

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Truck bomb, attacks kill at least 48 in Iraq

Sinan Salaheddin Associated Press Comments Baghdad — A truck bomb tore through an outdoor vegetable market in northeastern Iraq, the deadliest of a series of attacks Thursday that killed at least 48 people, officials said. The explosion in the town of Sadiyah, some 90 miles northeast of Baghdad, is the latest in a wave of attacks that has swept across ...

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With FARC negotiations on table, Colombian president seeks 2nd term

November 21, 2013 — Updated 1629 GMT (0029 HKT) Juan Manuel Santos Calderon in New York on September 24, 2013. Bogota, Colombia (CNN) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos officially announced he will seek re-election, a decision that could affect the ongoing peace talks between the government and the FARC. “You elected me to strengthen the results that we had ...

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Utah town forgets to hold elections – again

Just before what would have been Election Day earlier this month, a new city employee in charge of overseeing the voting in the Wasatch County mountain town of…

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