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Japan Shows Off Largest Warship In 60 Years

It's being called a destroyer, or perhaps a helicopter carrier. But by any name, Japan launched a new warship Tuesday that is its largest since World War II. The ship was shown to the public on the anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and at a time of rising tension with China.
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FATBERG! 15-Ton 'Lump Of Lard' Removed From London Sewer

It's the largest congealed lump of wet wipes and food fat ever found in the city's sewer system. Workers spent about three weeks working to hack it up and haul the pieces away. If they hadn't, raw sewage might have started spurting out of manhole covers.
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Assessing New Threats From Al-Qaida

The U.S. warned American citizens to leave Yemen, closed diplomatic posts in the Middle East and Africa, and issued a worldwide travel alert.

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India Accuses Pakistan Of Killing 5 Soldiers

But Islamabad denies the charge. The developments come amid attempts to revive diplomacy between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
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'Depart Immediately,' State Dept. Tells Americans In Yemen

Already on alert across the Middle East and North Africa because of intelligence about possible terrorist attacks, the U.S. has now issued a very specific warning about travel in Yemen.
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Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture

Every two years, Venice hosts the largest and oldest noncommercial art exhibit in the world. It's a dizzying and eclectic array of sights by both celebrity artists and total unknowns. More than 150 artists from 88 countries will be on display through November.
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GM Looks To China To Boost Car Sales

General Motors set a July sales record in China. That country is already the most important auto market in the world. It could be where GM maintains global dominance.
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Space Robot Designed As Companion For Japanese Astronaut

Japan has launched a humanoid robot bound for the International Space Station to keep one of its astronauts company.
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Interpol Asks For Help Tracking Escaped Al-Qaida Inmates

Interpol has issued a global alert asking for help tracking hundreds of terrorism suspects who have escaped from prisons over the past month. The global police organization's alert came just days after the State Department announced that it is closing nearly two dozen diplomatic missions in a roster of Muslim countries. But officials say the two security alerts aren't directly related.
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Ambassadors Question Decision To Close Mideast Embassies

The State Department is keeping many of its embassies and consulates in the Muslim world closed this week "out of an abundance of caution." U.S. intelligence sources have been raising concerns about threats "emanating from the Arabian Peninsula." Britain and France are also concerned and have temporarily closed their embassies in Yemen. The U.S. list of closures is longer in part because the threats aren't specific enough, but the State Department is also far more cautious in the wake of last year attack in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others were killed.

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