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Report: S. Korea, U.S. practice occupying N. Korea

South Korean troops practiced a war scenario involving the occupation and stabilization of North Korea during a joint military drill with the United States last month, a report said Tuesday. The two allies, who staged a similar stabilization exercise in 2010, upgraded it to strengthen the role of the South…

At 9/11 memorial, a plea to remember US troops at war

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Americans not to forget the troops who are fighting and dying in Afghanistan, as he paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. In a visit to a memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania honoring the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 that was…

Hong Kong moves to evict Occupy protesters

Hong Kong on Tuesday sent bailiffs to evict protesters camped outside the HSBC bank headquarters, the last outpost of the anti-capitalist “Occupy” movement in Asia. Unarmed officers began clearing around a dozen protesters from their camp on the ground floor plaza of the bank’s office tower, which has been occupied…

Obama nominates new U.S. ambassador for Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama nominated a career diplomat as the new US ambassador to Iraq on Monday, after the previous candidate withdrew amid allegations of sexual impropriety. The White House said it was nominating Robert Stephen Beecroft, who has served at the US embassy in Baghdad since July 2011,…

U.S. declassifies trove of documents on Katyn massacre during WWII

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday declassified more than 1,000 pages of documents related to the Katyn massacre of thousands of Poles by Soviet forces during World War II. The National Archives also announced the launch of a project to highlight Katyn-related material that had already been declassified by…

Americans more likely to see themselves as lower class

WASHINGTON — More Americans — including growing numbers of young people and whites — see themselves as members of the lower classes, according to a study released Monday. At 32 percent, about a third of adults consider themselves part of society’s disadvantaged sectors, up from a quarter four years ago,…

‘Anonymous’ didn’t hack FBI laptop, says hacked web publisher

The hacking group Anonymous lied when it claimed to have hacked into an FBI agent’s laptop and extracted a file with millions of personal details about Apple users. The file in fact came from a web publisher called Blue Toad, whose chief executive Paul DeHart said on Monday that the…

Unidentified detainee mysteriously dies at Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON — A detainee died over the weekend at the US prison for “war on terror” suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the ninth since the detention center opened in 2002, the US military said Monday. The detainee, who was not identified pending notification of his government and next of kin,…

Study hints at brain chemistry of cocaine withdrawal pain

WASHINGTON — US researchers have uncovered part of what’s happening, on a cellular level, to make cocaine addicts going cold turkey feel so bloody awful, according to a study published Monday. The results provide a better understanding of what’s creating that crashing low of withdrawal — and may offer a…

U.S.-Mexico activists opposed to drug war arrive in Washington

WASHINGTON — Activists who dismiss the US and Mexican war on drug cartels as an abject, tragic failure rolled into Washington Monday after a monthlong cross-country trek to press for a new approach. Those suggested alternatives include a stronger effort to deny cartels the guns they get from the United…

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