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Syria’s volunteer sappers improvise mine-clearing methods

APTOPIX Mideast Syria Amateur Deminers

BEIRUT (AP) – Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world’s most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, land mines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return. The result has been tragic. Booby-traps …

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‘Waiting for order to kill:’ China video seeks army recruits

China Military

BEIJING (AP) – China’s military is appealing to the younger generation with a slick new recruitment video featuring aircraft carriers, tanks and special forces troops, all set to a rousing rap-rock soundtrack. With lyrics such as “just waiting for the order to kill, kill, kill,” the video appears aimed at …

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Indonesian sulfur miners brave volcano, fumes, earn pennies

Indonesia Sulfur Miners Photo Gallery

KAWAH IJEN, Indonesia (AP) – Stunning Mount Ijen in eastern Java draws tourists by day and hundreds of sulfur miners by night. They endure toxic fumes and backbreaking loads to earn pennies hauling out a substance used to bleach sugar and vulcanize rubber. Just after midnight, wearing headlamps to find …

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No end in sight to election mess in struggling Haiti

Jocelerme Privert

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Senate leader Jocelerme Privert took office as Haiti’s caretaker president with one real task: Quickly untangle a political stalemate blocking presidential and legislative runoff elections. Three months on, yet another voting date has fallen by the wayside as political infighting continues to snarl election efforts. Privert, …

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Fiat Chrysler, Google to cooperate on autonomous minivans

Fiat Chrysler-Google

DETROIT (AP) – Fiat Chrysler and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google’s self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The companies announced the agreement on Tuesday, saying that Chrysler engineers would work with Google to install sensors and software so the vans …

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