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House Fire Kills 11 in Australia [VIDEO]

Eleven people perished Tuesday when a fire burned down a house near Brisbane, Australia.

Search teams are trying to retrieve the victims’ bodies from the two-story house, but the process is proving most difficult due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. The intense blaze also destroyed two vehicles parked near the building. It is not known whether smoke alarms were fitted in the home.

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Will Radiation Near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Prevent Locals from Coming Home?

The areas surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan may be uninhabitable for decades. That’s the word from the Japanese government after a survey found dangerously high levels of radioactive contamination.

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Celebrations Erupt as Libyan Rebels Sweep Into Tripoli [VIDEO]

After six months of civil war, Libyan rebels swept into Tripoli on Sunday and laid claim to most of the city. Government troops and snipers loyal to Moammar Gadhafi continued to put up a last-ditch resistance near his compound, though it is unknown if the Libyan leader was still inside.

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Female Pakistani Squash Player Carries on Dream in Spite of Taliban

Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a rising star in the sport of squash, grew up in rural Pakistan where her father, fearing retaliation for violating strict Pakistani tradition, “encouraged everyone to think she was his son,” reports the Toronto Star. After Toorpakai became more well-known, the Taliban reportedly threatened her if she’d continue playing because it considers women wearing shorts to be obscene.

Toorpakai, 21, decided it was time to leave Pakistan to continue pursuing her dreams, and she landed in Toronto in the spring to study and train with Canadian squash legend Jonathon Power. Power believes that Toorpakai has what it takes to be the best in the sport.

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Bomb Hoax Suspect to Face Extradition from US to Australia [VIDEO]

Australian authorities plan to seek the extradition of Paul Douglas Peters, who is accused of strapping a suspicious device around the neck of a Sydney teenager earlier this month.

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Scores Killed, Wounded in Attacks Across Iraq on Monday

A wave of deadly attacks swept across Iraq Monday, killing dozens of people. The violence was so severe that the interior minister ordered the country’s security forces to clear the streets of all parked cars.

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Cargo Plane Crash in Russia Kills 11

A cargo plane carrying 16 tons of food crashed in eastern Russia on Tuesday. All nine crew members and two passengers are believed to have died, officials said.

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London Riots Create Mayhem in City [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

After three days of violence and looting, British Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled Parliament from its summer recess, and ordered 16,000 police officers to restore order on the streets of London. More than 525 people have already been arrested for rioting, filling every holding cell in the city.

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What Are the Most Depressed Countries in the World?

According to a multi-national survey of over 9,000 adults by the World Health Organization, France and the United States are the two most mentally depressed countries in the world.

Twenty-one percent of French citizens have had a major depressive episode, followed by the United States, at 19.2 percent. Belgium, New Zealand and The Netherlands are also among world’s most depressed nations, by this metric.

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Mexican Town’s Entire Police Force Quits Following Deadly Attacks [VIDEO]

After less than a year on the job, all 20 members of the police force in the northern Mexican town of Ascension resigned on Thursday.

The move came in response to months of violent exchanges with drug traffickers.

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