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Shinzo Abe Officially Approved as New Japanese Prime Minister

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Shinzo Abe has been confirmed as Japan’s next prime minister, marking a return to power for the veteran politician and his Liberal Democratic Party. Japan’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved Mr. Abe to form a new government Wednesday, ten days after the conservative LDP trounced the Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. The […]

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Holiday Storms Sweep Through Southwestern U.S.

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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At least two people are dead after a severe weather system swept through the southern United States on Christmas Day . Tornadoes touched down in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, damaging or destroying scores of homes and leaving tens of thousands of residents in the region without power. The system also caused winter storms in […]

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Deadly Bombing in Eastern Afghanistan

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide car bomber has detonated explosives near a U.S.-run military base in eastern Afghanistan. Security officials say at least three people were killed. Afghan officials say the attack occurred on Wednesday near a military facility and airport in Khost, a volatile city near the Pakistani border. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which […]

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China Officially Opens World’s Longest High-Speed Rail Line

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The world’s longest high-speed rail line began operations in China Wednesday. The first train of the 2,298-kilometer Beijing-to-Guangzhou route departed from the capital at 9 a.m. local time , with a second train departing an hour later from Guangzhou. Trains on the new route will travel at 300 kilometers an hour, which will reduce the […]

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