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In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now

The Taliban have threatened to disrupt Afghanistan's presidential election this Saturday. But in some areas where the group once wreaked havoc, the Afghan security forces are now in control.
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Japan Must Halt Whaling Program In Antarctic, Court Says

Japan's government had argued that whales were hunted for research purposes. The International Court of Justice said there wasn't enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds of whales.
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Two Koreas Exchange Live Fire, Lob Shells Into Sea

There were no casualties reported. None of the artillery shells are thought to have hit land. The exchange began after a rare announcement by the North that it would be conducting a live-fire drill.
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Only 'Ocean Junk' Found So Far As Search For Jet Continues

Planes and ships continue to look for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia. But there's no sign of the jet or the 239 people on board. They disappeared on March 8.
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Russian City Honors Oscarless Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio's been nominated for 4 Oscars but hasn't won any. Chelyabinsk, in a region known for producing cast iron and cast iron sculptures, has made an "Ascar" for DiCaprio.
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U.N. Report Raises Climate Change Warning, Points To Opportunities

In many ways, the world is "ill-prepared" for the dangers, scientists say in a new report. They also say efforts to improve energy efficiency and cut water consumption could help make a difference.
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Taliban Warn Afghan Voters Not To Go To The Polls Saturday

While the candidates hold huge rallies, the Taliban have been staging suicide attacks. They've targeted election offices and civilian compounds in Kabul in an effort to derail Saturday's election.
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Legal Action Initiated Over Malaysian Flight's Disappearance

A Chicago law firm is taking the first legal action against Malaysian Airlines and Boeing, the maker of the 777 that disappeared over the Indian Ocean, on behalf of the families of the passengers.
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Ukrainians Open Their Homes To Crimean Refugees

Even before Russia's annexation of Crimea, residents began fleeing the area. Volunteers in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine have offered their homes to displaced women, children and military families.
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Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

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