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World News: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, NKorea, Australia Updates

Posted: 09/01/2013 - Attacks in southern Afghanistan kill at least 18... Suspected US drone kills 3 militants in Pakistan... Protesters rally over lawmakers' pensions in Iraq... Yemen premier unharmed after attack by gunmen... NKorea blames US threat for aborting envoy's trip... Change of Guard coming in Australia?... Czech train collides with cows, killing 17 of them...

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Day in History: WWII Starts; Tokyo Earthquake; Korean Airline Shot Down; Elvis Buys Mom Caddy

Posted: 09/01/2013 - On September 1 - On September 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland. In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed some 140,000 lives. In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet airspace. In 1956, Elvis Presley bought his mother, Gladys, a pink Cadillac.

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Elephant Polo in Thailand

Updated: 08/30/2013 - More than fifty elephants and a team of Thailand's famous transgender "lady boys" took part in elephant polo in the seaside town of Hua Hin, in Thailand on Thursday (August 29).

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Mexico: Tropical Storm Juliette Kills 1, Brings Damage

Updated: 08/30/2013 - Tropical Storm Juliette blew through the Pacific Mexican tourist resorts of Los Cabos and La Paz early on Thursday (August 29), killing one man, knocking down trees and causing electricity blackouts, local emergency services reported.

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U.N. Urges Patience in Syrian Conflict

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Updated: 08/29/2013 - The White House is preparing to release a report with evidence showing the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people. Lawmakers are pressing for more answers before the US takes action.

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UK: World Gravy Wrestling Championships

Posted: 08/28/2013 - The World Gravy Wrestling Championships were the main course at The Rose 'n' Bowl pub in Lancashire, England on Monday (August 26).

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Tokyo's Toilet Cleaning Social Club

Updated: 08/28/2013 - A group of adults and children assemble at a public toilet near a station in Tokyo on a Sunday morning at 6am.

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Germany Opens Offshore Wind Park

Posted: 08/27/2013 - It is supposed to become the main source of energy in the future: offshore wind energy. German economy minister Philipp Roesler on Monday (August 26) opened the offshore wind farm 'Bard 1' in the North Sea off the coastline of the German town of Emden.

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Japanese Rocket Fails to Take Off

Posted: 08/27/2013 - Japan's first new rocket in 12 years failed to lift off on Tuesday (August 27), dealing a potential blow to Japan's hopes of a larger share of the growing, multi-billion dollar satellite launch industry.

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U.S. Close to Action on Alleged Syrian Chemical Warfare?

Updated: 08/26/2013 - The United States may be on the brink of getting involved in another conflict in the Middle East. The Obama Administration says there's little doubt Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Now President Obama is weighing his options, which could include a military strike.

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Tropical Storm Fernand Expected to Weaken

Posted: 08/26/2013 - Tropical Storm Fernand is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the day as it brings heavy rains to eastern Mexico.

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US News: 50 Years Later; Yosemite Sequoias at Risk; Shootings; Julie Harris obit; Historic Shipwreck

Posted: 08/25/2013 - King's son says `The task is not done'... Justice Dept. files against Louisiana school vouchers... Yosemite takes steps to protect sequoias from fire... Service held for Hannah Anderson's mom, brother... 3 dead, 2 wounded in Fla. truck company shootings... Cops: 20-year-old man killed 99-year-old NY woman... Snowden suspected of covering electronic tracks... Probe begins after 2 barges get loose in Arkansas... Julie Harris, Broadway star, dies at 87... Beam that could be part of historic shipwreck gets CT scan... DC zoo will try again for exam of baby panda... 68 dogs found after fire reported at NYC home... 25 years in making, Hindu encyclopedia is complete...

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Syrian Update: US Puts Forces Closer, Weighs Response; Syria, Iran Weigh In

Posted: 08/25/2013 - US moves forces toward Syria, inquiry continues... Syria warns US not to intervene militarily... Hagel says US still weighing response to Syria... Iran leader condemns chemical weapons use in Syria... Aid group tallies 355 dead after Syria attack... UN official in Syria to press for chemical inquiry...

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World News: Scotlish Chopper; Amanda Knoxl; More Money for Greece?; Japan Spill; Aussie Croc

Posted: 08/25/2013 - 4 die when helicopter crashes off Scotland... Lawyer: Amanda Knox won't attend new Italy trial... EU official: Greece may get another $13.36 billion... South Africa: Mandela unstable at times... Extremists slit throats of 44 in northeast Nigeria... Death toll in Lebanon bombings rises to 47... Pakistani militants split on talks offer... China reporter detained after questioning official... Seam possible cause of Japan nuke plant tank leak... Fatal crocodile attacked suspected in Australia...

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