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Biden: 'Buy a shotgun' if you want safety

Americans don't need high-capacity weapons to protect themselves, but if they want a weapon for protection, "Buy a shotgun," Vice President Joe Biden said.

Group maps child poverty in Britain

A map prepared by a coalition of advocacy groups shows a wide disparity in child poverty rates in areas in Britain.

Bus rider gets photo of hounds killing fox

Police in Wales say they are investigating a picture posted on Facebook showing a pack of hounds tearing apart a fox on a major highway.

English widow urges mercy

An elderly Englishwoman Tuesday urged a judge to spare the driver who killed her husband a jail sentence.

Man gets 10 years for blast that killed toddler

An Englishman who survived an explosion he caused because his girlfriend left him was sentenced to 10 years Tuesday for killing his neighbors' son.

N. Korea: Nuke test 'self-defense' measure

North Korea's recent actions, including its nuclear test, were defensive measures to counter aggression, its diplomat told a disarmament meeting in Switzerland.

Poker champion admits killing wife in 1997

A British poker champion faces 20 years in a U.S. prison for killing his wife in 1997 in Colorado.

The Pyongyang Persian Pickle

In English slang, "pickle" means a bad situation or a state of disorder. And pickle well applies to the nuclear ambitions of North Korea, Iran and U.S. policy.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Italy commits to Alps rail tunnel funding

Italy this week signed off on $850 million for the second phase of a planned Alpine railway tunnel, seen as a key pillar of European transportation policy.

3 dead in blast at Chinese coal mine

An explosion occurred when police and mine workers were trying to destroy expired explosives at a China coal mine, killing three people, officials said.

China denies cyberattack allegations

China's defense and foreign ministries denied allegations of cyberattacks on U.S. websites.

Assad palace comes under mortar attack

One of Syrian President Bashar Assad's palaces in Damascus came under mortar attack by rebels Tuesday, state-run media said.

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Tunisian prime minister resigns

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, unable to forge a new government amid mounting citizen protests, announced his resignation Tuesday.

K.C. firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze

Firefighters in Kansas City, Mo., fought a four-alarm fire Tuesday evening after an explosion at a restaurant, authorities said.

Ga.: Warren Lee Hill's execution on hold

A U.S. appeals court granted a stay of execution for convicted killer Warren Lee Hill, who was scheduled to die Tuesday in Georgia, a defense attorney said.

Craigslist killings jury selection starts

About 200 prospective jurors gathered in an Akron, Ohio, theater Tuesday as jury selection started for the trial of suspected Craigslist killer Richard Beasley.

'World's cutest frog' clip gets 1.4M hits on YouTube

A YouTube clip taken in South Africa of a tiny, fat desert rain frog with a squeaky voice has been viewed nearly 1.4 million times in less than a week.

Sri Lankan navy rescues 32 refugees

The Sri Lankan navy this week rescued 32 asylum seekers stuck at sea for two months after their wooden boat broke down, officials say.

Curbs on adoption fraud proposed in Utah

After instances of fraudulent adoption practices, a Utah legislator says she will introduce a bill that would allow sanctions against adoption agencies.

Shellie Zimmerman's perjury charge stands

Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, accused murderer of Trayvon Martin, was told in a Sanford, Fla., court her perjury charge would not be dismissed.

Lawyers tangle at Peterson hearing

Ex-policeman Drew Peterson's request for a new trial in the death of his third wife began Tuesday in Joliet, Ill., with a claim his lawyer botched his case.

DoD prepares to furlough civilian workers

The Pentagon said it is preparing to notify Congress it plans to impose furloughs on civilian U.S. defense workers because of impending budget cuts.

Israel's Prisoner X isn't the first

Prisoner X who reportedly committed suicide in a high-security Israeli prison was not the first person to disappear in the Jewish state's clandestine prisons, sometimes for years.

Thai police arrest southern militants

Two civilians have been injured and one killed by militant attacks in southern Thailand.
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