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Strong 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Tokyo Area

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has shaken the Japanese capital of Tokyo and surrounding areas, according to the US Geological Survey.

Activists: North Korea Lured U.S. Journalists Into Trap

Christian activists who work on the North Korean border believe two American television reporters may have blundered into a trap when they were detained in March and say their arrests led to a crackdown on refugees.

3 of 9 Presumed Victims Recovered

The National Transportation Safety Board says three of nine presumed victims of a helicopter-plane collision over the Hudson River have been recovered.

Iraq Presses Iran on 3 Detained American Hikers

Iraq's foreign minister asked Iran's ambassador to Baghdad to explain the circumstances surrounding the detention of three Americans hikers caught crossing the border between northern Iraq and Iran.

Putin Determined to Kill Me, Says Georgian President

Georgia’s pro-Western President said yesterday that Vladimir Putin remained determined to kill him as part of his ambition to restore Russia’s former Soviet empire.

Now Hiring: Everywhere You Didn't Want to Work

People who have been out of work for months are lining up for jobs at places they once considered unthinkable: slaughterhouses, sewage plants, prisons.

Iran Resumes Mass Trial of Activists, Protesters

Dozens of opposition activists and protesters stood trial in Tehran Saturday on charges of rioting and plotting to topple the ruling Islamic system after the disputed presidential election, Iran's state media reported.

Pakistan Acknowledges Helping in Strike That Killed Mehsud

Local intelligence officials acknowledged Saturday that a CIA missile strike that killed Pakistan's Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was carried out with Islamabad's help.

Boy Dies After Mom Says GPS Left Them Stranded

An 11-year-old boy died in the intense heat of Death Valley National Park after he and his mother became stranded in one of the world's most inhospitable areas and survived for several days.

Officials: U.S. Intel Turns Corner on Targets in Pakistan

The steady drum beat of high-profile kills in Pakistan — including Usama bin Laden's son and Baitullah Mehsud, commander of the country's Taliban — suggests that U.S. intelligence on the ground has crossed a significant threshold.