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  • Israel lobbies U.S. anew as another Iran nuclear deadline looms

    Wed, 2:26am

    A security official stands in front of the Bushehr nuclear reactorIsrael is lobbying world powers anew against any Iranian nuclear deal that would let Tehran retain potential bomb-making technologies, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday as another deadline for the international diplomacy loomed. Negotiators hope for a comprehensive agreement by Nov. 24 under which Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weaponry, would curb its disputed activities in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions crippling its economy. The next round of talks between six world powers and Iran is expected to be held later this month in New York, possibly on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly. Yuval Steinitz, Israeli minister for strategic affairs, said in a radio interview he would head a government delegation to Washington next week to press the Jewish state's demand that the Islamic republic be stripped of all nuclear capacity - something Tehran rules out and many Western diplomats deem unfeasible.


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  • UK team unlocking secrets of North Korea volcano

    Wed, 2:24am

    In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014 photo, clouds float over the peak of Mt. Paektu in North Korea's Ryanggang province. More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have - until recently - been unable to conduct on-site studies. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have — until recently — been unable to conduct on-site studies.


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  • Obama aims to show solidarity with Baltics

    Wed, 2:20am

    U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Estonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet, left, and Estonia's Chief of Protocol Toomas Kahur, center, as he arrives in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, for a one day visit where he will meet with Baltic State leaders before heading to the NATO Summit in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — President Barack Obama will stand shoulder to shoulder with Baltic leaders Wednesday in a show of solidarity with NATO allies who fear they could be the next target of Russia's aggression.


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  • Girl from Uzi shooting said gun was too much for her

    Wed, 1:00am

    An employee smokes outside of an office for the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.


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  • Obama visits Eastern Europe amid Russia tensions

    Wed, 12:36am

    U.S. President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One as he arrives in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, for a one day visit where he will meet with Baltic State leaders before heading to the NATO Summit in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)The president lands in Estonia for talks with nervous Baltic leaders on the Ukraine crisis.


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  • Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

    Wed, 12:30am

    A video purportedly shows U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff kneeling next to a masked Islamic State fighter holding a knife in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic StateBy William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State". A statement released by Sotloff's family through a spokesman indicated the family considered the video to be authentic.


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  • Airing of the Quilts

    9/6/2014

    The "Airing of the Quilts", modeled after a similar event held each year in Sister, Oregon, will be an open-air quilt show in downtown Rensselaer Falls, NY. Quilts will be hung from fences, on the fronts of buildings, on parked cars, and other available and suitable surfaces. The event will be hosted by Susan's Stitches, 216B Rensselaer St. from 10am to 3pm.

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