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Fort Hood Shooter Forcibly Shaved in Prison

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved. Maj. Nidal Hasan began growing a beard in the years after the November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. The beard prompted delays to his court-martial because it violated Army grooming regulations. Hasan is at…

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Sudan: Oil Will Keep Flowing

After meeting on Tuesday with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan said oil from South Sudan would continue to flow through his country’s pipelines. Although Mr. Bashir had ordered the pipelines closed and accused South Sudan of supporting rebel movements in his country, the order was never carried…

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More than 2 million have fled Syria, UN says

BEIRUT — As the United States debates whether to strike at Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday that the number of Syrians who have fled their homeland has exceeded 2 million, a figure rising daily as the conflict in that country continues to rage. The U.N. and refugee agencies highlighted the gloomy milestone in a bid to spur international support ...

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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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