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Drawing Down Troops From Afghanistan

We get an update on the announcement that American forces will withdraw 34,000 troops from Afghanistan by January 2014.

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Haute Tokyo Restaurant Serves Up: Dirt

For $110, you can dine on four courses of favorites. One is the "soil surprise"-- a dirt-dusted potato ball with a truffle center. Or, try the soil sorbet.
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Why Russia Is Saying 'Nyet' To U.S. Meat Imports

Some U.S. meat producers add an obscure chemical called ractopamine to the feed that they give to their pigs, cattle or turkeys. But Russian safety officials haven't approved it, and they've stopped U.S. meat imports – worth a half-billion-dollars a year – until those imports are ractopamine-free.
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North Korean Nuke Test Seems Timed To Upstage Obama's State Of The Union

Analysts also say North Korea's claim that the device was smaller and lighter than ones it previously tested might be a sign it has moved closer to being able to fit a weapon on to a missile. Leaders around the world are condemning North Korea's actions.
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Catholics In Ghana, Mexico React To Pope's Resignation

The Catholic church continues to grow in Africa, and analysts say that there is a good chance the next pope will be from Africa. In Mexico, Catholicism remains the predominant religion though the percentage is falling.
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North Korea Admits It Carried Out Nuclear Test

North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it had successfully conducted a third nuclear test. It's an important step toward North Korea's goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile that could reach United States.
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Pope's Abdication Puts Church Into Uncharted Territory

Since Monday's announcement by Pope Benedict that he will step down, the world has been abuzz. Catholics and the rest of the world are grappling with the implications of the pope's stunning announcement that he will resign on Feb. 28.

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