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Counting the Missing People

The State Statistics Service recently published its latest data on the country's population, which it said was 143.3 million as of April 1 -- a drop of 224,000 from the beginning of the year.

Some Short and Sweet Sounds

Romantic-minded readers have always sighed over the scene in Chekhov's play ""The Three Sisters,"" when the lovers Masha and Vershinin understand each other so well that they no longer need words to communicate.

British Police Foil Terrorist Plot at Heathrow

After authorities unravel the scheme, gridlock descends on Heathrow.

U.S. Raises Threat Level to First-Ever Red Alert

The U.S. government raised its threat warning to the highest level for commercial flights from Britain early Thursday, in response to a terror plot thwarted in London. Terrorists had targeted United, American and Continental airlines, two U.S. counterterrorism officials said.

Israeli Army Takes Strategic Town

Israeli ground forces took control of a key southern Lebanese town and claimed strategic hilltop positions Thursday in a push to widen its hold on border areas before a possible drive deeper into the country.

Dozens Killed in Bomb Blast Near Iraqi Mosque

A suicide bomber detonated a belt of explosives on his body near a highly revered Shiite shrine in southern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 33 people and injuring 108, an official said.

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