Elderly Japanese exercise on the grounds of a temple in Tokyo in celebration of Japan's Respect for the Aged Day on Sept. 21, 2009. Japan prides itself on the world's longest life expectancy but is struggling with a disturbing footnote to that statistic -- revelations that hundreds of thousands of people listed as its oldest citizens are either long dead or haven't been heard from for decades.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during a joint news conference Aug. 8 in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil. Maliki has the backing of both Washington and Tehran to hold on to his job, six months after an election in which his party narrowly lost.
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'Star' Turn: Friday Night Lights veteran Adrianne Palicki goes from smalltown to downtown with her role in the new TV drama Lone Star. Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes says it's the best new show on broadcast.