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Jeffrey E. Fowle, one of three Americans imprisoned by North Korea, has been released and is on his way home after six months of captivity, the White House said Tuesday, easing though not ending a clash between the isolated Asian country and the United States.

The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, one of the most powerful and colorful figures in the energy industry, was killed when his business jet collided with a snowplow Monday night on the runway of Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.Andrew E. Kramer
With a judge seeking to strike a balance between mercy and retribution, Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.Alan Cowell
One of two members of the Canadian military who was run over in a parking lot, an episode that the government believes was an act of terrorism, has died, police in Quebec said Tuesday.Ian Austen
Six days after a catastrophic storm bore down on a several trekking routes in Nepal’s central Himalayan region, a spokesman for Nepal’s home minister said Monday that there was “no one left to rescue” from the area.Nida Najar
Philippine authorities want to question five US service personnel over the death of a transexual in a hotel room. The US recently upgraded its military alliance with the Philippines in the face of perceived Chinese maritime aggression.Michael Holtz
As Swedes hunt for a Russian submarine suspected to be in the Stockholm archipelago, Finland's president expresses concerns about the rise in military traffic in the Baltic. Radio Sweden and YLE News
Yellow-billed loons, migratory birds that nest on large lakes dotting Alaska’s North Slope, do not need Endangered Species Act protections, federal regulators said on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen
The enormous Goliath spider, spotted recently in Guyana, conjures images of horror movies. But don't worry: A spider probably can't get that big.Lisa Suhay
Hampton Sides blends human drama with suspense and engrossing play-by-play descriptions to tell the tragic and triumphant story of the USS Jeannette.Randy Dotinga