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Afghanistan Preparing to Drill for Oil

Comstock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- An output of 5,000 barrels of oil a day doesn't sound like much but it could be the beginning of a bonanza for Afghanistan, one of the poorest nations in the world.

Afghan Mining Ministry spokesman Jawad Omar announced on Wednesday that oil production is expected to start by October with the assistance of China's National Petroleum Corporation.

It would mark the first time Afghanistan has drilled for oil in its history.  The plan is to start with 5,000 barrels and work up to 45,000 barrels daily.

The initial drilling will take part in the "Afghan-Tajik" zone of northern Afghanistan, one of the areas that is relatively unscathed by war and where major oil deposits lie.

An estimated 87 million barrels of oil exist underground in that particular zone alone.  Tapping it would help Afghanistan rely less on the crude it imports from Iran and Central Asia and add to its revenues.

Six oil deposits have been found so far in Afghanistan in the northern, western and southern parts of the country.

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Japan Drills for 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The streets of Japan’s capital city were jammed Thursday as the country held an earthquake drill, a nationwide exercise conducted every year at this time.

But this year’s drill has taken on new meaning since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed more than 20,000 people this past March.

Thousands took part in the drill Thursday, from school children to businesspeople. The drill was meant to simulate what measures should be taken if a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Tokyo.

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No Signs of North Korean Retaliation After South Korean Live-Fire Drills

Photo Courtesy - Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea's military conducted hour-long live-fire artillery drills from Yeonpyong Island near the west sea Monday amid threats from North Korea that it will retaliate on a massive scale.  The island was shelled by North Korea last month, resulting in the deaths of two civilians and two marines.

South Korea sent navy warships with missile capabilities and fighter jets to roam the area in case North Korea attacks again.  So far, there have been no immediate signs of any North Korean retaliation.

At the center of the dispute is the maritime border.  South Korea recognizes a northern boundary drawn after the Korean War in 1953.  North Korea began to insist in 1999 that the border should be further south.  There are five small islands within that area where thousands of South Koreans reside, protected by the military forces.

South Korea's navy has been conducting drills every month for the past 37 years, according to a high-level official from the Ministry of Defense.  Seoul insists these drills are not designed to intimidate the North and stressed that the live-fire is aimed towards the southeast, away from North Korean territory.

Monday's drills were observed by representatives of the United Nations Military Armistice Commission and the U.S. military forces.

Residents on Yeonpyong Island have often been victims of small-scale skirmishes that have occurred in the past, and they have been ordered, along with officials and journalists, to stay inside underground bunkers.  The South Korean military has distributed gas masks and food to last for at least two days.

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