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Offbeat: Joey Chestnut gets mustard yellow belt and fiancée

High-ranking chowhound Joey “Jaws” Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before the annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away ... Full story

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Indonesia A strong earthquake has hit off the coast of western Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey ... Full story

UKRAINE | Gov’t claims victory in rebel stronghold

Ukrainian troops forced pro-Russian insurgents out of a key stronghold in the country’s embattled east on Saturday, a significant success that suggested the government may ... Full story

NIGERIA | Soldiers repel attack on military base, 50 insurgents allegedly killed

At least 50 alleged insurgents were killed during clashes with Nigerian soldiers as security forces repelled an attack on a military base in the northeastern ... Full story

This Day in History: 2005 - Bomb attacks on London

A series of bomb attacks on London’s transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others. Three explosions on the Underground ... Full story

Offbeat: Finnish couple wins quirky ‘wife carrying’ race

A Finnish couple has narrowly won the 19th World Wife Carrying Championships — a quirky competition in which men race to be the fastest while ... Full story

THE BUZZ: King, Caro among those backing anti-Amazon letter

Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Robert Caro are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for ... Full story

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KOREAS China and South Korea agree to measures that will expand the use of China's tightly controlled currency and boost trade as Xi Jinping makes ... Full story

CUBA: Havana criticizes USD9b US fine for French bank

Havana yesterday protested U.S. penalties levied against France's largest bank over allegations it processed financial transactions for Cuba and other blacklisted states in violation of ... Full story

USA: Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic, to whip East Coast on Independence Day

Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early yesterday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along ... Full story

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