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Five more bodies were found Tuesday from crippled Italian cruise ship

Five more bodies were found Tuesday from a crippled cruise ship, and a shocking audio emerged in which the ship's captain was heard making excuses as an Italian coast guard officer repeatedly ordered him to return and oversee his ship's chaotic evacuation.

Iran sentences American man to death

An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday.

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AP top stories for Friday morning

Here's the latest news for Friday December 30th: North Korea names new "Great Leader; Russian nuclear sub burns; Massive pile-up investigated; New Year's preparations underway.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies at 69

North Korea's Kim Jong Il dies at age 69.

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U.S formally shuts down the war in Iraq

After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000 wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq

Russia ties strained as Putin presidency looms

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Iraqi leader under Saddam Hussein to be executed

Tariq Aziz, who served as Iraq's top diplomat under Saddam Hussein, will be executed next year.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns Congress of the dire implications of deeper defense cuts.

The number of U.S. ground forces would drop to levels not seen since 1940 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in warning Congress of the dire implications of deeper defense cuts.

Two-week old premature baby pulled from earthquake rubble alive

A small baby was rescued alive from the rubble Tuesday in eastern Turkey, two days after a devastating earthquake toppled buildings in the region.

Number of earthquake victims continues to rise in Turkey

While there are conflicting reports of deaths from Sunday's earthquake in Turkey, it is apparent that the number continues to rise.

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Earthquake in Turkey kills 138

The death toll continues to rise after a 7.2-magnitude rattles Turkey on Sunday, collapsing buildings and trapping residents.

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Libyan Prime Minister says Gadhafi has been killed

Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril says Moammar Gadhafi has been killed.

Prominent US-born al-Qaida cleric killed in Yemen

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric has been killed in the mountains of Yemen.

American hikers freed from prison in Iran

American hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were freed from prison in Iran on Wednesday.

U.S. Embassy in Kabul confirms an attack by insurgents

US Embassy says no staff injured in Kabul attack.

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