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Australian missionary freed by North Korea lands in China

BEIJING, March 3 (UPI) -- An Australian missionary freed by North Korea arrived in China Monday, saying he plans to rest up following his two-week ordeal.
Scientists find egg of bird thought extinct for more than a century

Scientists find egg of bird thought extinct for more than a century

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- New Zealand scientists say they've found, for the first time, an egg of an endangered bird that had been presumed extinct for more than a century.

Reports say key Pakistani Taliban commander killed

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Gunmen shot and killed Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a top Pakistani Taliban commander, and three others Monday, security sources told Dawn.

Inter-Korean family reunions set to begin

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The much-awaited reunion of Korean families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War appeared set Thursday with elderly South Koreans traveling to North Korea.

11 killed in attack on police patrol in Uighur region in China

URUMQI, China, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Eleven people were killed Friday in an attack on a police patrol in China's volatile Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, authorities said.

Mount Kelud erupts in Indonesia, killing three people on Java

JAKARTA, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Three people were killed and tens of thousands were evacuated after the Mount Kelud volcano erupted on Indonesia's island of Java, authorities said Friday.

Six killed in Somalia bombing aimed at U.N. convoy

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The United Nations said a terrorist bombing in Somalia Thursday appeared to have targeted one of its convoys in the African nation.

Dozens arrested in mosque raid deny terror charges, link to al-Shabaab

MOMBASA, Kenya, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Seventy Muslim men pleaded not guilty to terrorism-related charges in a Kenyan courtroom Wednesday and denied they were al-Shabaab militants.

Japan revises guidelines for teaching Senkaku ownership

TOKYO, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Japan's education ministry has revised its guidelines for teaching high school students that the disputed Senkaku Islands and the smaller Takeshima islets are "integral parts of Japanese territory."

Officials: 125 killed in monthlong battles in Iraq's Anbar province

BAGHDAD, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A monthlong battle in Iraq's Anbar province between anti-government forces and the army has killed 125 people and wounded 541 others, officials said Monday.

Pakistani war planes strike militant hideouts

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Pakistani jets bombed the hideouts of militants Tuesday, killing several in retaliation for recent deadly attacks on security forces, sources told NBC News.

Iraq executes 26 men convicted of 'heinous terrorist crimes'

BAGHDAD, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Twenty-six men were executed in Iraq after being convicted on terror charges, the country's Justice Ministry said Tuesday.

Iranian regulator says politics influences nuclear strategy

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Iran's top nuclear regulator said Saturday that politics had an influence over the uranium-enrichment goals of his nation's nuclear program required.

Heavy fighting reported in Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Iraq was awash in violence Sunday, with government and militia forces battling insurgents and bombs taking a deadly toll in Baghdad, officials said.

Sunni members of Iraqi Parliament quit over deadly clashes

RAMADI, Iraq, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Dozens of members of Iraq's Parliament announced their resignations Monday after anti-government Sunni protesters clashed with authorities in Anbar province.

Ten Yemeni soldiers die in attack by secessionist gunmen

ADEN, Yemen, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Some 10 Yemeni soldiers died Monday when rebel gunmen attacked a military outpost in the southern province of Lahj, a provincial police official said.
Indonesian volcano may erupt again, keep evacuees from returning home

Indonesian volcano may erupt again, keep evacuees from returning home

BESAKI, Indonesia, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Seismic activity suggests one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia may erupt again, keeping evacuees from returning home, officials say.

Chinese delivery company apologizes for poisoned packages

SHANGHAI, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Packages soaked with a deadly toxic chemical prompted a public apology from a Chinese delivery company Saturday.

Chinese woman allegedly poisons school kids' yogurt

LOUDI CITY, China, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities said the woman accused of delivering poisoned yogurt to an elementary school likely has a mental disorder.
Ancestors of New Zealand's kiwis may have flown from Australia

Ancestors of New Zealand's kiwis may have flown from Australia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- New Zealand's flightless kiwi bird, so iconic it's what the country's residents call themselves, might actually have come from Australia, paleontologists say.

Iraq attacks claim 46 lives; Shiite pilgrims taken from bus, killed

TIKRIT, Iraq, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- About 46 people were killed in attacks across Iraq, including 12 religious pilgrims who were pulled from a bus and shot, police officials said Monday.

North Korea summons businessmen home from China

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- North Korean business representatives in China have been summoned home amid what analysts see as a purge of the secretive country's elite.

North Korea executes Jang Song Thaek, uncle of country's leader

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime executed his uncle Jang Song Thaek, a powerful figure before his recent purge, state media said Friday.

Evidence of funerary meal found at 13,000-year-old gravesite in Israel

HAIFA, Israel, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Israeli archaeologists say they've uncovered the remains of a prehistoric funeral banquet, the oldest funerary meal discovered to date.

No damage reported after 6.7 Indonesia earthquake

JAKARTA, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- No reports of damage or injury were received Sunday in the aftermath of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that rumbled across eastern Indonesia.
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