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Bomb squads safely diffused two WWII-era explosives, allowing 45,000 evacuated residents of Koblenz, Germany to return home.
Hundreds of volunteers helped to evacuate two hospitals and seven senior living facilities, among the tens of thousands of evacuees.
"It's the largest German evacuation since the end of the war," says Ronald Eppelsheim, fire brigade spokesman, according to CNN.
The 65-year-old bombs were discovered when the water levels of the Rhine River dropped low enough to uncover the explosives.
The fire brigade constructed a wall of 2500 sandbags to drain the area of the river to allow the bomb-disposal squad to accept the bombs.
Last year, a bomb exploded in the German town Gottingen, killing three members of a bomb-disposal squad.

Death toll jumps from Turkey quake

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The death toll has risen to 40 from the 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook Van, Turkey last Wednesday, according to the Turkish government.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake last month left 604 people dead.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited destroyed areas Saturday, as snow storms slowed rescue efforts.
"It's not possible for us to survive the winter here," said Cezmi Falza, who house was badly damaged in the quake, according to CNN. " He has constructed a small hut of plywood and Styrofoam for his family to stay in.
"The Van winter is very cold and there's a lot of snow. Living in these shelters is impossible," he said. Ten to 15 family members sleep in the hut every night.
"We haven't gotten any aid," Falza said. "We got a lot of support from the people of Turkey, packages with everything from clothes to toothpaste. But the elected officials, the nongovernmental organizations are not making good use of it and were not good at coordinating those efforts."
Two Turkish journalists were among those who were killed in the quake.

Greatly overshadowed by his two superiors, Vladislav Surkov serves as a silent power in the Russian government.
Surkov, 47, the first deputy head of the presidential administration, is seen as the third-most powerful man in Russia, behind President Dmitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and plays a crucial role in political activity in the Kremlin.
"He certainly seems indispensable now," said Maria Lipman, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, according to the New York Times.
His job is to monitor the relationship between the presidential administration, Russia's parliament, regional leaders, political parties, and the media.
Surkov takes the role of the "gray cardinal," a discreet political manipulator who inspires fear. He has been accused of being a "puppet master" who prevents the growth of true democracy.
An interesting political character, Surkov has pictures of John Lennon, Che Guevara, Barack Obama, and Tupac Shakur framed in his office. He has written songs for a Russian rock band, and it is rumored that he is the author of the novel "Almost Zero," published under a pseudonym, in which the main character has similarities to Surkov himself.

Tunisia held its first elections on Sunday after over-throwing its long-ruling dictator earlier this year.
Millions of Tunisians turned out to vote in the elections that are being seen by international analysts as very fair, a stark change from recent elections in the Middle East.
"They showed an Arab country can administer an election that's run well, that gives people an opportunity to choose their own destiny," said Ambassador Richard Williamson, an election monitor from the International Republican Institute, according to CNN. "It was an enormous victory for the Tunisian people."
The election was for 217 representatives for the new National Constituent Assembly that will write a new constitution and lay down the framework for a future governmental system.
There were four political parties on the ballots. Results from the election will be released Tuesday.

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