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Japan PM Orders Shutdown of Nuclear Plant Near Faultline

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Friday he had ordered the shutdown of a nuclear power plant southwest of Tokyo because it is located close to a dangerous tectonic faultline, Agence France Presse reported.

The news comes eight weeks after a massive quake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant northeast of Tokyo, sparking the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl a quarter-century ago.

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Fidel Castro: Bin Laden's Killing 'Abhorrent'

Cuban leader Fidel Castro called the death of Osama bin Laden an "abhorrent" assassination, warning in an article Thursday that it would reap "hatred and vengeance" against the United States.

"Whatever actions may have been attributed to bin Laden, the assassination of an unarmed human being surrounded by his family constitutes an abhorrent act," he said, writing in the Cuban press.

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FIFA Investigates Claims of Match-fixing on 3 Continents

Football's ruling body FIFA is investigating claims that over 300 matches on three continents were influenced by match-fixers, according to The Daily Telegraph on Friday.

FIFA suspects match officials were paid as little as $10,000 to help engineer specific results in international friendly matches and European club games, netting fixers hundreds of millions of dollars on Asian betting markets.

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Obama Pays Solemn Tribute at Ground Zero: We Will Never Forget

U.S. President Barack Obama paid solemn tribute at the site of the downed Twin Towers, days after 9/11 architect Osama bin Laden was shot dead by American commandos in his Pakistani lair.

Intel found in bin Laden's compound revealed al-Qaida was considering a possible train attack at an unspecified location in the United States as a grim marker of this year's 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

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14 Libyan Diplomats Ordered to Leave France

France has ordered 14 people who served as Libyan diplomats under Moammer Gadhafi's regime to leave the country within two days, the French foreign ministry said on Friday.

"France has declared persona non grata 14 Libyan ex-diplomats posted in France," the ministry said in a statement, indicating that Paris no longer recognized their diplomatic status.

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Afghanistan Worst Place, Norway Best To Be A Mom

Afghanistan is the worst place in the world to be a mother and Norway is the best, an annual report released Tuesday said.

"Afghanistan has the highest lifetime risk of maternal mortality and the lowest female life expectancy in the world," putting it at the bottom of the Mothers' Index, which has been compiled for the past 12 years by the nonprofit group Save the Children.

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Berlin Swimming Pool Hosts Underwater Opera

A specially composed opera with a difference premiered in a Berlin swimming pool this week, with singers performing in and out and even under the water.

"Aquaria Palaoa" is the brainchild of Claudia Herr, a champion swimmer in her youth before turning to singing, who plays the lead role, diving into the Stadtbad Neukoelln pool in her green evening dress.

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Brazil Trafficker’s 12 Fingers All Over The Crime

You could say his fingerprints -- all 12 of them -- were all over the crime. An accused drug-trafficker was nabbed by police in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina after they confirmed his identity through the betrayal of a rare birth defect: six fingers on each hand.

"We had indications that it was him, but because he presented his brother's papers as identification we had no proof," police commissioner Enio de Oliveira Matos told Globo's news website G1.

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Claude Choules, Last WWI Combatant, Was Anti-War

The last World War I combatant, who has died aged 110, was staunchly anti-war and snubbed remembrance activities despite a 41-year navy career which began when he was just 14, Agence France Presse reported.

Britain's Claude Choules, nicknamed "Chuckles", witnessed the 1919 scuttling of the German fleet and saw out World War II as a demolitions expert in Western Australia.

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Sony Shares Fall as CEO Apologizes for Massive Data Breach

Chief Executive Howard Stringer apologized for "inconvenience and concern" caused by the security breach that compromised personal data from more than 100 million online gaming accounts as the company’s shares dived.

The electronics giant firm was 2.80 percent down by noon in Tokyo trade Friday, after earlier plunging 4.1 percent as Japanese markets reopened following the Golden Week holiday.

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