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Official: Dock found in Ore. is debris from Japan

Posted: 06/07/2012 - A nearly 70-foot-long dock that floated ashore on an Oregon beach was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year's tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, a Japanese Consulate official said Wednesday.

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US official: Al-Qaida No. 2 killed by US drone

Updated: 06/05/2012 - The death of Abu Yahya al-Libi is a significant blow to the terror network, which has lost a string of top leaders at the hands of the American drone program.

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Nigeria morgue scene of sorrow after plane crash

Posted: 06/05/2012 - Anxious families and diplomats crowded into a hospital in Lagos on Tuesday and tried to identify corpses from a plane crash that killed the 153 people aboard the airliner and an unknown number of others on the ground.

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Queen Elizabeth II's reign: 60 years of milestones

Posted: 06/05/2012 - Her 60 year reign began amid gloomy post-World War II austerity, but Queen Elizabeth II has seen social and technological changes transform the world from her seat on Britain's throne.

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More than 20 detained in Moscow over rally protest

Posted: 06/05/2012 - Police on Tuesday detained at least two dozen people protesting outside the Russian parliament as it debated a controversial bill that would raise fines 150-fold for people taking part in unsanctioned rallies.

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Pope's butler formally questioned in leaks probe

Posted: 06/05/2012 - The pope's butler was formally questioned Tuesday in the investigation into the leaks of the pope's papers, a scandal that represents one of the gravest security breaches in recent Vatican history.

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China tells US to stop reporting Beijing's bad air

Updated: 06/05/2012 - China told foreign embassies Tuesday to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular U.S. Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in Beijing.

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Officials: CIA drone targets al-Qaida's No. 2

Posted: 06/05/2012 - A CIA drone strike Monday targeted al-Qaida's second in command, Abu Yahia al-Libi, in Pakistan, but it was unclear whether he was among those hit, U.S. officials said.

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Israel asks Arab visitors to open emails to search

Posted: 06/04/2012 - When Sandra Tamari arrived at Israel's international airport, she received an unusual request: A security agent pushed a computer screen in front of her, connected to Gmail and told her to "log in."

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US concerned by Azeri-Armenian tensions

Posted: 06/04/2012 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday kicked off three days of diplomacy in Europe's Caucasus, expressing concern about recent clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan

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Libyan militia takes control of Tripoli airport

Posted: 06/04/2012 - A group of disgruntled militiamen took over the country's main airport on Monday, storming it with heavy machine guns and armored vehicles and forcing airport authorities to divert flights, a security official said.

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Afghan government praises dead British soldier

Posted: 06/04/2012 - The Afghan government on Monday praised a British soldier who was killed by militants during a successful mission to rescue a kidnapped Afghan police officer.

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Putin defends Russia's human rights record

Posted: 06/04/2012 - Under pressure from the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday defended his country's human rights record, claiming that Russia has no political prisoners

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UN nuke chief to meet with Iranian officials

Posted: 06/04/2012 - The U.N. nuclear agency chief on Monday announced new talks with Iran and urged it to sign a deal that would relaunch his long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran worked secretly on atomic arms

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Oddities in Chinese stock index evoke Tiananmen

Posted: 06/04/2012 - China's share benchmark has fallen afoul of the country's Internet censors by appearing to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

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Vatican criticizes US nun's book on sexuality

Posted: 06/04/2012 - The Vatican on Monday sharply criticized a book on sexuality written by a prominent American nun, saying it contradicted church teaching on issues like masturbation, homosexuality and marriage.

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Soviet crooner 'Mr Trololo' dies in Russia

Posted: 06/04/2012 - Eduard Khil was a beloved Soviet crooner who won sudden international stardom two years ago when a 1976 video of him singing "trololo" instead of the song's censored words became a global Internet hit.

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NGO urges assistance to Syrian refugees

Posted: 06/04/2012 - A Washington-based NGO called on the world Monday to assist Syrian refugees, saying they are stretching the meager resources of Jordan and Lebanon and pose risks to their political stability.

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