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Ecuador, cocaine’s stopover on the way to market

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — If smuggling cocaine onto an airplane sounds dicey, then imagine navigating 2,000 miles on the open sea in a homemade submarine with half a ton of the white stuff and no oxygen tanks. Ecuadorean seized such a vessel, highlighting this nation’s burgeoning reputation as a transit point for cocaine out of the Andes and onward to the streets of New York, Sydney, Moscow and Bangkok.

Afghan civilian casualties rise as NATO pulls out

The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan rose 14 percent last year, the UN said Saturday, as NATO troops draw down after more than a decade of war.

Why Mexico's 'drug war' is not about drugs

TIERRA COLORADA — Major events these days in Mexico's seven-year-long criminal conflict have precious little to do with a war on drugs.

Military industrial complex: These 15 countries have the largest defense budgets

The US is still No. 1 when it comes to defense spending, but China and Russia are growing.

Why Al Jazeera's journalists are being targeted in Egypt

CAIRO — In Egypt, journalists are being accused of terrorism.

Morsi trial adjourned until Feb. 4

CAIRO — A Cairo court on Saturday adjourned the trial which sees Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi accused of inciting the killing of protesters, while dozens of supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood were jailed for other crimes.

A day after Syria peace talks, barrel bombs kill 85 in Aleppo

The deaths came as a suicide car bombing in a Hezbollah stronghold across the border in Lebanon killed four people on Saturday, in the latest regional spillover of the conflict.

China is playing chicken with the US military in the South China Sea

HONG KONG — As anyone who's seen “Rebel Without a Cause” knows, playing chicken is dangerous for California teenagers in hot-rods. But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that’s just another level of crazy. Unfortunately, vessels from the US military increasingly find themselves in such high-stakes confrontations on the East Asian seas, where China has adopted a strategy of making rivals flinch or risk collision.

Swedish marines sing and dance 'Greased Lightnin' in Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Swedish marines dance and lip-sync John Travolta and the rest of the 'Grease' cast in a somewhat impressive parody of 'Greased Lightnin.'

In the small but increasingly impressive collection of military music video parodies, this new and already highly praised YouTube video of Swedish marines doing "Greased Lightnin" has got to be a contender for the top spot.

The production value along with a set that closely mimics the original — from the 1978 musical film "Grease" — make the video well worth your time.

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