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Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

The government has set up a female lumberjacks program, part of a wider effort to fuel growth after long-term stagnation. But critics say it does little to tackle fundamental problems.
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International Conference May Help Afghanistan Hit The Reset Button

London hosts a conference this week that could set the course for the next decade in Afghanistan. The new Afghan president will meet Western government leaders, some of them for the first time.
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French Lawmakers Vote To Recognize Palestinian State

The lower house of Parliament took the non-binding action on Tuesday. France is the fifth European country to make such a move in the last month, following Sweden, Britain, Spain and Ireland.
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When Big Money Leads To Diplomatic Posts

A couple of big Obama campaign donors were confirmed as U.S. ambassadors by the Senate on Tuesday. But some bad performances in confirmation hearings are raising questions about the practice.
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U.N. Team Strives To Reach Ebola Emergency Response Goals

David Greene talks to Tony Banbury, head of the U.N. Ebola response mission in West Africa. Banbury says, "The world has never faced an emergency of this nature before."
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Hong Kong Visitors Tour Protest Site Where History Is Being Made

During quiet times of the pro-democracy protests, some people bring their kids to the main camp for a civics lesson. And to witness the extraordinary: a pro-democracy demonstration on Chinese soil.
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Australia Cracks Down On Travel Amenity Requests

The foreign minister says Australians abroad should not expect their embassies to pay for: repairs to their jet skis, provide pest-removal assistance or lend out armored cars. All real requests.
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U.S. Government Contractor Marks Five Years In Cuban Detention

Alan Gross was working for USAID, to bring Internet access to Jewish Cubans. The Cuban government sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

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Which Countries Are The Most Corrupt?

North Korea and Somalia are perceived to be the most corrupt countries, according to the Corruption Perception Index released today by Transparency International. Denmark is seen as least corrupt.
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One Village's Story: How Ebola Began And How It Ends

A father brought his teenage son back from the capital. The boy fell ill. The parents blamed an attack by a magical leopard. But it was Ebola.

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