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First Wave of US Marines Arrives in Australia

Deployment widely seen as a check on Chinese power

(Newser) - A group of 180 US Marines arrived last night in Darwin, Australia, in the first wave of what will eventually be a 2,500-strong US presence on the island continent. Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith officially welcomed the Marines in a ceremony today, the New York Times reports. "One... More »

Ted Kennedy in Denver; Plans to Speak Tonight

Determined to address convention tonight

(Newser) - Democratic titan Ted Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, is in Denver and plans to address the Democratic National Convention tonight, reports the Boston Globe. The Kennedy clan is gathering for what is certain to be an emotionally powerful and highly symbolic moment. Doctors are concerned that Kennedy's immune system... More »

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