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A ceremony is held to mark a new patrol vessel in service for China's marine surveillance in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang Province, last month.

U.S. Official: Beijing Preparing For 'Short, Sharp' War With Japan

China is stepping up war games in preparation for a possible conflict with Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, a tiny island chain in the East China Sea claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo, a senior U.S. Navy official says.

Captain James Fanell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made the remark at a conference put on by the U.S. Naval Institute in San Diego last week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, chat during a news conference after talks in Moscow on Dec. 17.

Why Ukraine Is Such A Big Deal For Russia

There's cautious optimism in Ukraine and the West on Friday at news that President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to hold new elections, form a unity government and restore a constitution drafted in 2004. But the mood in Moscow may not be as optimistic.

Venezuelan anti-government students light a fire during clashes with riot policemen in Caracas on February 20, 2014.

Protests In Venezuela Intensify, As Government Deploys Military

Thousands of protesters are out on the streets across Venezuela again today. This time, the Venezuelan military is also out on the streets trying quash more than two weeks of protests.

When an ad contains too much information, the most important parts may not stick.

Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable

The way that prescription drugs are advertised on TV could be better, especially when it comes to communicating the risks and side effects of medicines. Now the Food and Drug Administration is calling for research into how the ads could be improved.

The problem, as Michael Wolf, a health services researcher and cognitive scientist at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine describes it, is that most ads work like this:

Job Seekers Still Have To Hide Tattoos (From The Neck Up)

Deanna Mullennax spent six months last year looking for a job. Having tattoos, she says, definitely didn't help.

"Tattoos literally change your career," says Mullennax, who is now working at a bakery in Chicago. "They call them 'job stoppers' for a reason."

Kiev's Independence Square on Thursday (Feb. 20, 2014).

Photos: Kiev's Independence Square Before And After

Hopes are high that the worst is over in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where dozens of people died this week as security forces responded to anti-government protests. As we reported earlier, President Viktor Yanukovych and key opposition leaders have signed an agreement about forming a unity government, holding new elections and restoring the nation's 2004 constitution.

His antlers are so bright.

Good Work On Those 'Feeli The Finnish Reindeer' Lyrics

We asked and Two-Way readers came through.

The challenge:

Set the story of "Feeli the Finnish Reindeer" and his shiny antlers to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

The responses in our comments thread:

Feeli the Finnish reindeer
Had antlers that didn't glow.
And drivers didn't see them
As right over them they'd mow.

Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011, is slated to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp next year.

Apple's Steve Jobs To Be Featured On U.S. Postage Stamp

Apple founder Steve Jobs, a man who probably did as much as anyone to set in motion the slow but steady demise of snail mail, will be featured on a U.S. postage stamp, according to a document from the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.

Sheikh Reda Shata stands in the men's prayer room at his mosque, The Islamic Center of Monmouth County, in Middletown, N.J., in Oct. 2011. From 2002 onward, Muslims in New Jersey allege police routinely monitored their comings and goings as part of a surveillance program.

Judge Tosses Suit Alleging NYPD Illegally Spied On Muslims

A federal judge has ruled that New York City Police did not violate the rights of Muslims by putting New Jersey mosques under routine surveillance in an effort to prevent terrorism.

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