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Kidnapped Iran soldiers freed in Pakistan by militants

<b>Four Iranian soldiers seized by Sunni militants and taken into Pakistan have been freed, officials say.</b><p>The border guards abducted by Jaish al-Adl in February were handed over to Iranian officials but the militants said they had killed a fifth man.<p>The abductions had heightened regional and sectarian …

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Deadly flash floods hit Solomon Islands' capital Honiara

Flash floods have killed at least 16 people and left some 10,000 homeless in the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara.<p>Save the Children says 40 people are unaccounted for and staff have witnessed a child being swept away.<p>Days of rain caused rivers to burst their banks late on Thursday, washing away …

South Korea finds two crashed drones, suspects North Korea

SEOUL -- South Korean officials were scrambling to explain how two drones, apparently from North Korea, entered the nation's airspace, took photos of political and military sites and remained unnoticed until they were found crashed on the ground.<p>One of the unmanned aircraft was found March 24 in …

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Illinois May Soon Decriminalize Low-Level Marijuana Possession

Efforts toward legalizing marijuana in Illinois, where a medical marijuana pilot program was approved last year, could be on the verge of another big step forward.<p>A vote by the full state House of Representatives on a proposal that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana …

Brazil 'rescues' cruise workers from 'slave-like conditions'

<b>Brazilian police say they have rescued 11 crew members working in "slave-like conditions" on an Italian cruise ship.</b><p>The operation was carried out the north-eastern city of Salvador, where the MSC Magnifica had docked for the day with more than 3,000 passengers.<p>Brazilian officials say the 11 crew …

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash

Search for missing Malaysian plane shines spotlight on giant ocean garbage patches.<p>Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.<p><b>But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing</b> …

Uruguay Considers Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Cocaine Addicts In Prison

NEW YORK -- Uruguay is considering using medical marijuana to treat prison inmates addicted to a crude and cheap form of cocaine, one of the country's top health officials said Thursday at the United Nations.<p>The South American country made headlines last year when it became the first in the world …

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Include Iraq, Afghanistan Combat Veterans

The victims of the shooting at Fort Hood Army base in Kileen, Texas, included three decorated soldiers who had served deployments in Iraq, …