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Posted: May 31, 2014 at 5:23 a.m.

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The U.S. Air Force deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan over the past week, enhancing its ability to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea and Chinese naval operations.

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Members of the Ukrainian army inspect an area near Slovyansk, Ukraine, Friday, May 30, 2014. The Ukrainian Acting Defence Minister said on Friday that troops had ousted separatists from southern and western parts of the Donetsk region and north of the Luhansk region. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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