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Study: Tsunami debris not radioactive risk

CORVALLIS, Ore., Feb. 22 (UPI) — Debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan won’t present a radiation threat when it reaches U.S. shores this year, researchers say.

Nuclear radiation health experts from Oregon State Univ…

Squid tracked in deep ocean dives

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 22 (UPI) — U.S. researchers tracking Humboldt squid in the eastern Pacific say the animals are capable of diving to as deep as almost a mile in search of their prey.

Stanford University researchers fitted tags to the squid an…

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom granted bail

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 22 (UPI) — A New Zealand court has granted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom bail, ruling he was not enough of a flight risk to keep him in custody.

North Shore District Judge Nevin Dawson released him Wednesday to his $4.3 m…

‘Dark Web’ searched for terrorism clues

TUCSON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Mathematical tools and techniques can be used burrow deep into the Internet to uncover extremists discussing and plotting terrorist acts, U.S. researchers say.

Researchers involved in the “Dark Web Project,” a program started…

U.S. envoy says Kenyan military to benefit from U.S. assistance

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The United States is to provide Kenya financial aid to assist military operations supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia.

U.S. State Department Special Representative to Somalia James Swan said that Washingto…

Shell details theft losses of Nigerian Delta crude

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 22 (UPI) — U.S. petroleum company Shell Oil says Nigeria loses an estimated 150,000 barrels of crude oil each day because of theft in the Niger Delta region.

Shell Sub-Saharan Africa Shell Exploration and Production Africa Limit…

Mixed praise for Yemeni election

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — While Yemeni elections marked an important turning point for the country, there’s plenty of work to be done, the U.S. secretary of state said.

Yemenis voted Tuesday in a one-man contest to replace Ali Abdullah Saleh as he…

Putin says Russia ‘pushed’ by NATO

MOSCOW, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The $77.2 billion set aside to modernize the Russian defense industry doesn’t mean a militarization of the budget, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

Putin writes in U.S. foreign affairs magazine Foreign Policy that …

Probe ordered for Koran burning at Bagram

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 22 (UPI) — A probe into the alleged mishandling of the Koran at a military base in Afghanistan has been launched by international authorities, a U.N .official said.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Kabul to prot…

U.K. reviews Somali threat before meeting

LONDON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Though al-Shabaab is losing ground in Somalia, the al-Qaida affiliate remains a serious national security threat to Somalia, the British prime minister said.

London is the site of an international meeting Thursday for Somalia…


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