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Hiker Catches Volcano's Eruption On Video, And Is Overtaken By Ash

The sudden eruption in central Japan surprised and stranded hikers, and caused one death. A hiker managed to shoot video of the shocking sight of an immense billowing gray cloud speeding toward them.
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For Missions Over Hostile Syria, Air Force Unwrapped Its Newest Jet

Available since 2005, the $90 million F-22 fighter was simply more machine than the military had needed - until there were worries about whether Bashar Assad's air defenses would stand down.
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How To Keep 'Political Order': Make Modest Promises, And Deliver

Francis Fukuyama, a former neo-conservative thinker, says that people worldwide still want democracy, but many transitioning nations are ill-equipped to give it to them.
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Is Obama's War-Powers Shift Hypocrisy, Or Inevitable For A President?

Despite his liberal bona fides and campaign objections, President Obama's foreign policy decisions look very much like those of his predecessors.
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One Former Marine Documents His Return To A Broken Iraq

A decade ago, Benjamin Busch was the provisional U.S. military mayor of a town called Jassan, near the Iranian border. On his recent return, he found a far different, sadder, more frustrated place.
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To Become Oil Barons, ISIS Has Sold To Neighbors And Enemies

Existing black-market structures have helped the Islamic State convert oil into cash - and their customers have included their ardent foes across borders in Turkey and Southern Iraq.
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Progress In Nuclear Talks With Iran Is Still Glacial

One expert says that the negotiators in the room are inclined to move faster, but the deeply opposed domestic constituencies leave both sides skittish.
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Catalonia Defies Spain As Leader Signs Decree For Breakaway Vote

Catalonia's leader has set a November date for a vote on whether the northeast region of Spain should become independent. Spain's central government has said it will block the vote.
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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.
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Denying Ebola Turns Out To Be A Very Human Response

There's a long tradition of denial, superstition and wishful thinking when it comes to health. Ebola is no exception. It's all too human to let fear interfere with facts.

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