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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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Australian Extortion Attempt Involving Explosive Collar Ruled a Hoax

Wednesday’s harrowing ordeal in Australia involving Madeleine Pulver and a collar bomb has been declared a hoax after the device was declared to be a fake.

Bomb squad members spent over 10 hours deconstructing the device before realizing there was no explosive material to be found. Law enforcement officials have also confirmed that the culprit wrote a detailed note that outlined his intentions.

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Australian Bomb Squad Frees Young Woman from Explosive Collar [VIDEO]

An 18-year-old Australian woman was attached to a suspected explosive device by an intruder with an intent to detonate it in a possible extortion attempt.

The bomb squad, cooperating with British military personnel, spent over 10 hours working with the device.

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Norwegian Nationalist Anders Behring Breivik Wrote Manifesto Before Rampage

Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old Norwegian nationalist who has reportedly confessed to Friday’s bombing in Oslo and the horrific shootings at a youth camp, wrote a 1500-page manifesto before going on the killing rampage that left almost 100 dead.

Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy, has read the tome, titled ’2083—A European Declaration of Independence,’ and has been sharing excerpts of the manifesto on his magazine’s website and via his Twitter account. According to Hounshell, Breivik cites Europe’s “Islamic colonization” as one reason for the attacks and says he used video games as combat training.

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