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Two U.S. B-52s, like the one shown here, have flown through an area that China says is within its air defense zone. China's announcement has irked its neighbors and the U.S. and Japan say they won't abide by it. Andy Rain /EPA/Landov hide caption

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Computer screens display a map showing the outline of China's new air defense zone in the East China on the website of the Chinese Ministry of Defense, in Beijing. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Givot Olam CEO Tovia Luskin expects to drill 40 wells and build a pipeline to a refinery on the coast. The company already has "proven and probable" reserves of 12.5 million barrels of oil. Luskin chose where to drill based on a passage from the Bible. Emily Harris/ NPR hide caption

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Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer

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Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence at the Science Museum Glasgow on Tuesday. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting at his office Sunday in Jerusalem. Netanyahu says world powers gave away too much for too little in the interim deal reached last weekend with Iran over its nuclear program. Getty Images hide caption

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The National Party's Juan Orlando Hernandez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Sunday. With a little less than half the ballots counted, Hernandez had 34 percent of the vote and was leading, but his main rival is also claiming victory. Gustavo Amador/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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A pedestrian walks along Lambeth Road in south London on Friday. Police have rescued three women from a home in the neighborhood. They were held hostage for some 30 years, according to authorities. Andy Rain/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Ukrainians are seen during a protest at the Independence square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday against the government's decision to suspend an association agreement with the EU. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Members of the Swiss trade union Unia, supporting a referendum to limit the pay of executives to 12 times that of a company's lowest-paid employee, demonstrate in Zurich in August. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announcing his decision to seek re-election in Bogota, Colombia, on Wednesday. Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Reports say Australia spied on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. On Monday, Indonesia said it was downgrading relations with Australia. Beawiharta /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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In this frame grab from a video released by Argentina's presidency, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez holds a gift from a supporter given to her while recovering from surgery. She returned to work Monday, meeting with Cabinet ministers and recording a video that showed her in good spirits weeks after surgery to drain blood from inside her skull. AP hide caption

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News reports say Australia's security services tried to spy on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Made Nagi/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Philip Giray came from Eritrea to Israel two years ago. He is one of some 60,000 migrants living in Israel. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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