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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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Australia ready for gay marriage, says Kevin Rudd

Prime minister, a practising Christian, hits back at religious right by saying Bible preaches universal love among all people Kevin Rudd pledges to legalise gay marriage within 100 days if Labor is re-elected. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images The Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has launched an impassioned defence of same-sex marriage just days before the general election, telling a religious ...

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Nokia to sell mobile phone unit to Microsoft

Struggling Finnish firm Nokia will sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft for €5.44 billion, the company announced Monday, ending its longtime run as a leading mobile device manufacturer to focus on services and network infrastructure. By News Wires (text) Beleaguered Finnish company Nokia announced Tuesday the sale of its mobile phone unit to Microsoft for 5.44 billion euros ($7.17 ...

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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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Veteran broadcaster David Frost dies

Sir David Frost, the journalist and broadcaster whose lengthy career covered everything from cutting-edge 60s satire to heavyweight interviews and celebrity gameshows, has died of a heart attack on a cruise ship, his family said. The 74-year-old, whose programmes included That Was The Week That Was and The Frost Report, was to have given a speech on board the Queen ...

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George Bush mistakenly announces Nelson Mandela’s death

Though he remains in critical condition, former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from the Pretoria, South Africa hospital he has received treatment in since June, to continue his recovery at home. When the news broke that Mandela left…

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Senegal’s Macky Sall appoints new prime minister

Senegalese President Macky Sall appointed Justice Minister Aminata Touré (pictured) as the country’s new prime minister on Sunday after sacking the previous government, Touré told state radio By News Wires (text) President Macky Sall of Senegal appointed Justice Minister Aminata Toure as prime minister after sacking the previous government on Sunday, Toure told state radio. “The president has asked me ...

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