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Israeli Consulate in Marseille in Hoax Bomb Threat

Israel's consulate in the southern French port city of Marseille was temporarily evacuated Tuesday when a bomb disposal squad found a mock device placed in a van parked outside.

Police were alerted after an anonymous caller telephoned in a bomb threat, and found a pressure cooker with protruding wires and marked with a radiation warning sticker in a Renault van parked outside the Israeli mission.

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Helicopter Crash Kills Two Marines at U.S. Base

A helicopter that went down during a training exercise at Southern California's Camp Pendleton killed the two Marines onboard and set off a fast-moving brush fire on the base Monday.

The blaze burned 48.6 hectares and was 80 percent contained Monday evening, a base statement said.

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Japan Warns One Million to Evacuate as Typhoon Nears

More than a million people in Japan were warned to leave their homes on Tuesday as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rain and fears of landslides and flash flooding.

Typhoon Roke, packing winds of up to 144 kilometers an hour near its center, could land in central Japan Wednesday and move northeast, possibly towards the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the Japanese weather agency said.

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U.S., Israeli Military Chiefs Meet

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta met Monday at the Pentagon to discuss political changes in the region ahead of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations.

At the second Pentagon meeting for the two defense leaders since Panetta became Defense Secretary in July "Panetta and Barak each stressed the importance of the close security ties that bind the two nations, including America's continued commitment to ensuring Israel's qualitative military edge," Douglas Wilson, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

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U.S. Urges Turkey to Defuse Row with Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here on Monday urged Turkey to defuse tension and repair strategic ties with Israel as Washington values them both as allies, U.S. officials said.

Washington has expressed mounting concern about the bitter row between Turkey and Israel over a May 2010 Israeli commando raid on an aid flotilla heading to the Gaza Strip that left nine Turks dead.

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Turkey Would Consider U.S. Proposal for Nuclear Power Plant

Turkey's energy minister said Monday Ankara would consider a proposal from the United States to build a nuclear power plant in the country's north.

"If a proposal comes from the United States, we could evaluate it but so far, no concrete proposal has been made to us," Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters.

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U.S. Support Cyprus Right to Explore for Energy

The United States supports "the right" of Cyprus to explore for energy, a senior U.S. official said Monday after U.S.-Turkish talks amid a dispute between Turkey and Cyprus over such exploration.

The official also told reporters on condition of anonymity that the dispute should "not interfere" with talks aimed at resolving the political issues over the divided island of Cyprus.

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U.S. Slams Iran at U.N. Atomic Agency Meeting

The United States took a renewed swipe at Iran Monday, telling the annual gathering of the U.N. atomic agency Tehran was creeping "still closer" to producing nuclear weapons-grade uranium.

"Iran has continued to engage in a longstanding pattern of denial, deceit and evasion," U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the 151-nation International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) general conference in Vienna.

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Berlusconi Attends Court for Graft Hearing

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi showed up in court in Milan Monday for a hearing into claims he paid a lawyer 416,000 Euros ($600,000) for false testimony about his business dealings.

The embattled Berlusconi, who faces a string of other court cases, is alleged to have paid the money to his former British lawyer David Mills for false testimony in a case dating back to the 1990s.

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Koreas' Talks Could Spark Disarmament Progress

A meeting Wednesday of the rival Koreas' nuclear envoys could provide crucial momentum toward restarting disarmament talks, just months after the two countries were threatening to bomb each other into rubble.

Relations are still complicated and wariness lingers as the envoys prepare for face-to-face talks in Beijing that aim to build on their surprise meeting in July — which was seen as a small breakthrough after months of acrimony.

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