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Filipino drug convict in Malaysia spared from death penalty

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say Malaysia's pardons board has commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence on a Filipino woman convicted of smuggling 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine at Kuala Lumpur's airport. 



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Man sets himself alight on Japan bullet train, second passenger dies: media

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Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after one doused himself in oil and set himself ablaze on Tuesday, media reports said. The train, carrying about 1,000 passengers, made an emergency stop on its way from Tokyo to the western city of Osaka after...(more) 



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Iran's Zarif returning to Vienna with Salehi for nuclear talks: IRNA

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, departed Tehran for Vienna with nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Hossein Fereydoon, a brother and close aide to President Hassan Rouhani, for nuclear talks, state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday. Zarif had flown to Tehran...(more) 




Supreme Court blocks Obama environmental effort

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The Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 ruling, said EPA restrictions on emissions of pollutants by coal-fired power plants improperly ignored costs.  



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Vandals damage a child's grave, family devastated

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A Texas family is devastated after discovering their adopted son's grave vandalized. The family found his marker covered in blue paint and his favorite toys stolen.          



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Two feared dead in Japan bullet train suicide fire: official

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Two people were feared dead Tuesday after an apparent suicide attempt on board a moving shinkansen bullet train in Japan, a spokesman for the operator told AFP. The train -- a super-fast Nozomi bullet train -- was travelling from Tokyo towards Osaka when the fire broke...(more) 



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Qatar's troubled 'kafala' system proves hard to change

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Despite claims of its imminent demise, Qatar's controversial "kafala" sponsorship system -- which critics say is a direct cause of misery and abuse for many foreign workers -- clings stubbornly to life. On Monday, in a sign of how entrenched the issue has become, Qatar's normally...(more) 




Car bomb attack in Yemen capital

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A car bomb attack strikes the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, officials say, with conflicting reports about the numbers of casualties. 




Dentist turned serial Calif. bank robber gets 5 years

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A dentist, already banned for writing bogus pill prescriptions, was sentenced to five years in prison after he turning to bank robbery.  



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Australia-NZ to play first day-night match in Test history

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Australia and New Zealand will play the first day-night match in Test cricket's 138-year history, cricket chiefs announced Tuesday, in a bid to drive up dwindling spectator numbers for the five-day game. "To be brutally honest, if you look at Test cricket around the world, it...(more) 



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Supreme Court dissenters signal historic challenge to death penalty

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The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Oklahoma to continue using a lethal drug cocktail for executions, but, in a surprising dissent, two liberal justices opened the door to what could become a historic challenge to the death penalty itself. 



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Same-sex couples face new challenge in Texas

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Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, some county clerks in Texas are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.          



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