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A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled northeast Japan early Thursday in the same area where a massive quake triggered a deadly tsunami in March, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday welcomed Barack Obama’s plans for a U.S. troops drawdown and said it’s a sign that Afghanistan is ready to take control of security in the war-torn nation.

Syrian troops massed near the Turkish border, witnesses said on Thursday, raising tensions with Ankara as President Bashar al-Assad uses increasing military force against a popular revolt.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah is preparing for a possible war with Israel to relieve perceived Western pressure to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, its guardian ally, sources close to the movement say.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that the Islamic Republic is not afraid of manufacturing nuclear weapons, but does not intend to do so.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, says she is not sure that there will be a vote in the United Nations in September on recognition of a Palestinian state and that the wording of the resolution is still uncertain.

Severe flooding is causing chaos in North Dakota.

Two Republicans pulled out of high-profile budget talks today, saying that Barack Obama needs to address Democratic demands that tax increases are needed to reduce the nation’s debt.

As of June 20th, the U.S. national debt was $14,344,524,186,068.19.

The national debt will exceed the size of the entire U.S. economy by 2021 — and balloon to nearly 200 percent of GDP within 25 years — without dramatic cuts to federal health and retirement programs or steep tax increases, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday.

Federal Reserve officials are more pessimistic about prospects for economic growth and employment than they were two months ago.

Ben Bernanke made the following statement yesterday: “We don’t have a precise read on why this slower pace of growth is persisting.”

The Federal Reserve plans to “embed” even more workers at top Wall Street banks.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday it will release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to alleviate Libyan supply disruptions — driving already sinking prices lower.

The price of food continues to soar all over the United States.

Livestock prices have increased 138% since March 2009.

World food prices that rose 37 percent in a year, driving 44 million more people into poverty, are a “plague” that need action from world leaders now, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says.

According to a recent poll, 48 percent of Americans believe that “another Great Depression” is likely within the next 12 months.

In the week ending June 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 429,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 420,000.

U.S. jobs have been leaving the country at a staggering pace.

America has lost 11.7 million jobs and 440,000 businesses over the past 11 years.

Excluding petroleum products, China accounts for 70 percent of America’s trade deficit in goods.

The Chinese government is using sovereign wealth funds and Chinese state-owned enterprises to buy up economic assets and huge tracts of land all over the United States.

The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, said on Thursday that it has signed a revised bilateral currency settlement agreement with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

In less than 40 years India will overtake the US as the world’s second-largest trading nation, pushing today’s superpower into third place and Europe in to the little leagues, according to a new report by Citi.

India imported a staggering $8.96 billion of gold and silver in May.

Greece won the consent of a team of EU-IMF inspectors for its new five-year austerity plan after committing to an additional round of tax rises and spending cuts.

Greece’s new finance minister said the government has been encouraging Greek banks to participate in a solution to the country’s crippling debt crisis, just days ahead of a crucial Parliamentary vote that could stave off a devastating default.

Rioting is becoming a common thing all over the globe.

All over the United States, thieves are stealing copper wire, train tracks and even drain covers.

With a bill that would ban invasive TSA pat downs in Texas set to be heard by the state legislature on Friday, the federal agency has indicated that it will take legal action to prevent the law being implemented, indicating that the government could once again resort to threatening Texas with a blockade that would impose a de facto “no fly zone” over the state.

It is being reported that Fukushima nuclear fuel has burned through the containment vessel and is sitting on the concrete foundation of the plant leaking into the groundwater.

Heavy rains in South Dakota recently triggered a sinkhole which swallowed two vehicles and ended up claiming two lives.

An indigenous tribe of 200 people who have never had contact with the outside world has been discovered living in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

In his encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI came out forcefully in favor of environmental protection and “sustainable” economic development.

The death of an Arizona man who recently visited Germany may be linked to the food-poisoning outbreak in Europe, health officials said Thursday.

A shocking new study published in a prestigious medical journal has found a direct statistical link between higher vaccine doses and infant mortality rates in the developed world, suggesting that the increasing number of inoculations being forced upon children by medical authorities, particularly in the United States which administers the highest number of vaccines and also has the highest number of infant deaths, is in fact having a detrimental impact on health.

On Monday, former Vice President Al Gore discussed climate change and population control at the Games for Change convention in New York City.

Lastly, Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly on Delta Air Lines flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta’s new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines.