• But if Iran mines the Persian Gulf, retired U.S. Adm. Tim Keating tells NPR, don't worry, because "we've got dolphins." Yes, mine-detecting dolphins may be America's secret to keeping the world's oil supply flowing. Here, a guide to the U.S. military's marine mammals:

  • ** I still have no idea if this is real or not ** Deputies responded a reported stabbing at 3:25 p.m., at a mobile home park on Shady Grove Road in Ruckersville, Virignia. WCAV reported that neighbors said the stabbing arose from an altercation over a juice box, but authorities have not confirmed that information. All 3 people are okay.

  • The Turkish government on Tuesday denounced Rick Perry’s comments about the country during a GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, accusing the Texas governor of making “unfounded and inappropriate allegations.” The statement comes after Perry argued that Turkey, a democratic U.S. ally, is ruled by “what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists” and should have its NATO membership reconsidered.

  • Ethiopia's government has been accused of forcing tens of thousands of people off their land so it can be leased to foreign investors. US-based Human Rights Watch says people are being forcibly relocated to new villages that lack adequate food, farmland and facilities. Ethiopia has already leased out more than 3.6 million hectares (8.8m acres) of land - an area the size of The Netherlands - HRW says

  • Iran says it will send the U.S. government a toy model of the CIA drone the Islamic Republic captured last month. The announcement, made via state media, comes in response to the White House's request for the return of the unmanned aircraft.

  • China's Sinopec clinched a "strategic" energy cooperation agreement with the UAE's state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the official WAM news agency reported Tuesday. The agreement, inked on the sidelines of an energy conference in the United Arab Emirates capital, came two days after Saudi state oil giant Aramco inked a deal with the Chinese company to build an oil refinery in the Red Sea city of Yanbu that will process some 400,000 barrels per day.

  • Israel may have rejoiced at the news of the hit, but let's consider how senior members of Israel's scientific community, especially the nuclear scientists, would view the assassination of scientists on the faculties of well-known academic institutions. (Most of the senior scientists in Iran's nuclear program also have academic posts. ) They would probably have reservations about the wisdom of expanding the shadow war to the scientific community.

  • Inside the GOP group that skirts election rules by shuffling millions across state lines and then "wiping the fingerprints off the money."

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