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The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday.

The comments by Gen. Hossein Salami, carried on state television, follow a long…

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U.S. auto safety regulators are in talks with Takata Corp. to add tens of millions of air bag inflators to what already is the biggest auto recall in American history, three people briefed on the matter say.

The government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants the Japanese company to agree…

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A woman and her two young children died after their car was involved in a pile-up apparently caused by a truck plowing into vehicles from behind on a congested highway in Yamaguchi Prefecture, police said Wednesday.

The victims were identified as Asami Nakai, 37, her 13-year-old son Shugo and 9-year-old…

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Australia's election campaign will officially start soon with climate change policy and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into key battlegrounds for the July 2 poll.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Wednesday that he was likely to visit Governor-General Peter Cosgrove this weekend to lock down the date…

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz abruptly ended his presidential campaign Tuesday night after falling to Donald Trump in Indiana's primary, a devastating loss that left him with no viable path to the Republican nomination. Trump, considered a fringe candidate a year ago, now is poised to represent Republicans in the fall…

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blasted what the U.S. and its allies see as Russian aggression in Europe, saying Tuesday that Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions that compel an American military buildup on NATO's eastern flank.

"We do not seek to make Russia an enemy," Carter…

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Today the world is doing a lackluster job of finding sustainable solutions to global inequality. This crisis is evident in cities like Lima, Peru where a “wall of shame” separates the wealthy neighborhoods from the poor shantytowns. It is disconcerting that the United Nations estimates today that 1.2 billion people…

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South Dakota's state-owned publishing house is considering an offer for the rights to translate into Japanese the best-selling memoir by prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Nancy Tystad Koupal, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, told the Capital Journal (http://bit.ly/1VZybX6 ) that Japanese people are big fans of…

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Rafael Nadal easily defeated Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday, while Andy Murray advanced after a hard-fought 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 win over 37-year-old Radek Stepanek.

Nadal broke Kuznetsov's serve once in the first set and twice in the second to secure…

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