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Iron Dome buys Israel time

Opinion: Israel's missile defense system is more than a military asset. It counters political risk.

Earthquake rocks northern Japan; tsunami warning issued

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake early Saturday struck offshore not far from Fukushima, Japan -- the epicenter of a nuclear crisis following a massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami -- the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.

Dinosaur skeletons returned to Mongolia

Dinosaur skeletons illegally smuggled in to the United States have been turned over to the Mongolian government in a repatriation ceremony Thursday.

Controversial South African ad faces no action

A television commercial that prompted complaints for its portrayal of a white woman feeding a young black boy like a dog will not be formally investigated, South Africa's advertising watchdog has ruled.

Iraq's top diplomat replaced, sources say

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish member of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government, has been replaced, according to two senior Iraqi government officials.

Volunteering for feel-good vacation

How often have you been on vacation and barely left your resort? It's all too easy to stick to the tourist trail when you have little time available and are in unfamiliar surroundings.

Space junk belly flops to Earth

A fireball seen in Australia's night sky was actually space debris from Russia's Soyuz rocket, astronomers say.

Veteran diplomat de Mistura tapped as U.N.'s Syria envoy

Staffan de Mistura -- who has been the United Nations' top emissary in Iraq, Afghanistan and other once-volatile locales -- is moving on to Syria, in the hope of turning the tide after years of war there.

4 journalists sentenced to hard labor in Myanmar

Four journalists and an executive from a Myanmar magazine have been sentenced to 10 years of hard labor on charges of violating state secrets by claiming the military was making chemical weapons.

Israel: Rocket fired from Lebanon

Israel was attacked from a second front, but it is unlikely that a rocket fired from Lebanon signifies the widening of a crisis that has left at least 100 dead in Gaza.

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