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  • A Coast Guard official said Monday that a leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room fire that disabled the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.

    In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo the cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
    LAST UPDATE : Feb 19, 2013, 7:08 AM EST
  • In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots navigate a P3 Orion Airborne Early Warning Aircraft while flying over waters near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Central American country abolished its army in 1948 and plowed money into education, social benefits and environmental preservation. As a result, Costa Rican officials say, the country can’t battle ruthless and well-equipped Mexican drug cartels without U.S. help. The U.S. is patrolling Costa Rica’s skies and waters and

    The government has launched a tough line on crime backed by a top-to-bottom transformation of its law-enforcement and justice systems.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 18, 2013, 4:58 PM EST
  • A foreign exchange broker works in front of a screen displaying the current dollar to yen rate as an American, left, and Japanese, right, flag are displayed at the office in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

    Japan's benchmark stock index jumped after Group of 20 finance officials refrained from directly criticizing its government for trying to force down the yen.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 18, 2013, 2:24 AM EST
  • In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, instructor Dunan Albert shows off his gun at the Hafa Adai Gun Club in Tamuning, Guam. The U.S. territory of Guam - a tropical island often described as a cheaper version of Hawaii - has long been the perfect place to put guns in the hands of tourists, especially from Japan, where gun ownership is tightly restricted and handguns are banned. Despite a shared sense of shock over the recent rampage by a gunman at America's Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gun tou

    The U.S. territory of Guam has long been the perfect place to put guns in the hands of tourists, especially from Japan, where gun ownership is tightly restricted.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 15, 2013, 10:37 AM EST
  • In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, Siarhei Androsenka, center back, 24-year-old leader of GayBelarus, meets with his friends at home in Minsk, Belarus. Gay activists across Belarus emerged from the shadows and tried to register their rights organizations, but their efforts to go legal have been met by a wave of repressions.

    Police in Belarus are going after gays, raiding their clubs and locking up clubbers overnight, and summoning gay activists for questioning.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 15, 2013, 10:17 AM EST
  • South Korean army soldiers walk on a snow covered road during an exercise near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States.

    Hoping to capitalize on a rare opportunity to gauge North Korea's nuclear capabilities, intelligence and military officials around the region are scrambling to glean data to answer pressing questions.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 13, 2013, 11:15 PM EST
  • In this Feb. 4, 2013 photo, a customer tests make-up in a store in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sales of beauty products in Brazil hit $43 billion in 2011, a growth of 142 percent in five years that puts it on a pace to overtake the world's second-largest beauty market, Japan, in a few years, according to Euromonitor, a global market research company.

    A flush new middle class is dropping major cash on designer shampoos, lotions and cosmetics, rapidly turning this country into a beauty industry powerhouse.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 13, 2013, 11:02 AM EST