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U.S., Afghanistan Reach Tentative Security Pact

The agreement involves a continuing role for U.S. troops beyond 2014 — to train, equip and assist Afghan forces.
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City Of Vancouver Shows Doorknobs The Exit

A recent revision in the British Columbia city's building code, designed to improve accessibility, shows the door to the venerable knob, replacing it with the hipper and easier-to-use lever.
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Kids Are Less Fit Today Than You Were Back Then

Around the world, children are slowing down. Researchers have found that kids don't run as fast as they did in the 1970s. The finding suggests a potential uptick in future heart problems because running speed is a proxy for aerobic fitness and a measure of overall cardiovascular health.
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Russian App Wants E-Book Piracy To End, Happily Ever After

In an attempt to turn a page on rampant literary piracy in Russia, one Moscow-based company created a subscription e-book service that it hopes will decrease the incentive for free, illegal downloads.
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What You Need To Know About The Iranian Nuclear Talks

A nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers would be a major breakthrough after years of stalemate. But it's just a first step, and there are plenty of critics who don't think an agreement will work.
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World Headlines: Indonesia-Australia Spying Feud Deepens

Indonesia says it has downgraded its relations with Canberra following reports that Australia's security services spied on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In other news, Northern Ireland's attorney general wants criminal prosecutions in killings related to the Troubles stopped; and Venezuela's National Assembly gives the president sweeping new powers.
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Life Is Slowly Returning To Shattered Philippine City

Tacloban was leveled by Typhoon Haiyan. "We have citizens, but no city," an official said. Twelve days later, people in the city of more than 200,000 are getting more help. But of the 13 million or so people affected by the storm, less than half may have received aid so far.
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One By One, Businesses Reopen In Typhoon-Hit Tacloban

Since the typhoon hit the Philippines, doing business in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban has been next to impossible But on Wednesday, five gas stations, two hardware stores and several banks reopened.
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World Cup Qualifying Match Tests Cairo's Security

Ghana qualifies for its third straight World Cup — defeating Egypt 7-3 on total goals after a 2-1 loss. This was the first international match in Cairo in two years. A bloody soccer riot there left dozens dead in 2011. It was also the first match since authorities lifted the curfew that went into effect after widespread clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, protesting the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.
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Tacloban Stores Slowly Reopen But Debris Cleaning Is Ongoing

Life is slowly beginning to return to normal in Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated by a massive typhoon earlier this month. The national death toll from the storm is around 4,000 people. Some 4 million have been displaced.

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