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Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue
HORONOBE, Japan (AP) -- Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story....

Despite offensive, Gaza rockets still hit Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants, their property and their weaponry has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group. Yet rocket fire at Israel has continued almost unabated....

Israel says it's downed drone along southern coast
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military said it downed a drone along its southern coastline on Monday, the first time it encountered such a weapon since its campaign against the Gaza Strip militants began last week....

Israeli strike kills 18, stirs debate over targets
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The target was the Gaza police chief. He survived the Israeli airstrike on a cousin's home with critical injuries, but 18 family members were killed, including five children and teens....

Witty dealmaker Juncker to be EU's new CEO
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The incoming leader of Europe's most powerful bureaucracy is a master of the backroom deal - and an outspoken and witty career politician who once advocated the right to lie in times of crisis....

AP Analysis: Mideast crisis a strategic stalemate
If the Israel-Hamas fighting feels like a rerun, that's because it is....

Russia: 1 killed near Ukraine border by shell fire
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign ministry said Sunday that a Ukrainian shell hit a Russian border town, killing one person and seriously injuring two others. Ukraine denied firing a shell into Russian territory....

Romania puts former prison commander on trial
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- For the first time since communism collapsed in Romania 25 years ago, a former prison commander goes on trial Monday charged with being responsible for the torture and murdering prisoners considered a threat to the country's old order....

Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country....

Seoul: N. Korea fires artillery shells into ocean
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Another day, another defiant weapons test from North Korea....

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