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In Tsunami's Wake, Fierce Debate Over Japan's 'Great Wall'

The government wants to build sea walls that will be 30 feet high in places and stretch for more than 200 miles. Some say the $8 billion effort is too costly and will ruin the beaches.
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In Iraq, Anbar Faces Extremists Stronger Than Those U.S. Fought

The extremists now committing a wave of attacks in Iraq's Anbar province are significantly better trained, funded and equipped than the al-Qaida-linked groups American soldiers battled there.
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U.S. Checks For Stolen Passports, But Other Nations Fall Short

Two men apparently boarded Malaysia Airlines flight 370 with stolen passports. The U.S. has safeguards to prevent that from happening on U.S.-bound flights, but other nations are not as diligent.
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How An Aircraft Can Fall From The Sky Midflight

There's much conjecture about what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared over the weekend. But planes can experience everything from bad weather to technical failures.
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What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia

The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.
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Plane Lost, Uncertainties Regained

The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is all the more troubling given how certain we seem to be about everything around us. Has technology inoculated us from reality?
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QUIZ: What Came Out Of World War I?

World War I shook up the world in a dramatic way — and from that chaos emerged inventions, words and other things we still use today. Can you identify them all?
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Drug Cartel Boss Dies A Second Time

Nazario Moreno, leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, is dead — again. He was wrongly confirmed dead in 2010, but now, Mexican authorities claim they know "100 percent" that they killed him.
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In Crimea, Public Relations Can Be As Dangerous As Politics

In Ukraine, a dangerous "information war" is being waged by volunteers who are trying to win support in Crimea, where there is a near-total information blackout of pro-Ukrainian opinions.
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Pending Russian Response, Kerry's Travel Plans Are Up In The Air

Before Secretary of State John Kerry agrees to visit Russia, the State Department says it wants to see concrete evidence that Russia's ready for serious discussions on ending the crisis in Ukraine.

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