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First Fuel Rods Plucked From Tsunami-Damaged Fukushima Plant

Workers at the Japanese nuclear plant begin a delicate yearlong operation to remove radioactive material from the first of several crippled reactors.
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Foreign Workers Abused In Qatar, Report Says

The workers, mostly South Asian, are building the infrastructure for soccer's World Cup, which is being held in the country in 2022. Amnesty International says laborers are working in extreme conditions and are treated "like cattle."
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'Promised Land' Wrestles With Israel's Brutal Contradictions

Journalist Ari Shavit says Israel must find a way to reconcile its democratic values with the reality of everyday life there. His new book draws from interviews with hundreds of Israelis — both Jews and Arabs — as well as his military experience and Zionist family history.
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Too Cool For (Bike) Helmet Head? Here's One Swedish Solution

What started out as a thesis project in Sweden could revolutionize biking safety. The "invisible" helmet is an air bag tucked away in a collar fastened around a cyclist's neck. When its internal sensors detect specific jerks and jags, the air bag deploys, sending out a head-hugging hood in a tenth of a second.
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Toronto City Council In Chaos, As It Considers Curbing Mayor's Power

After Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack, he has faced an unrelenting set of scandalous allegations, including that he drove drunk, sexually harassed one of his staff members and that he was seen doing lines of cocaine at a bar.
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World Headlines: Indonesia Recalls Australia Envoy Over Spying Claims

Australian media reported that the country's spy agency had tried to spy on the Indonesian president's phone calls. In other news, a Russian plane plunged vertically before it crashed over the weekend, and Chile's Michelle Bachelet failed to avoid a runoff in the presidential election.
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Chile Election: Bachelet Is Far Ahead But Will Face Runoff

Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile from 2006 to 2010, is well on her way to an encore. A runoff election is set for Dec. 15, where she will face off against her childhood friend Evelyn Matthei.
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11 Days After Typhoon, Parts Of Philippines Yet To Be Helped

The numbers about the superstorm's effects keep getting worse. Officials say that nearly 13 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with at least 4 million left homeless, and that some haven't been reached yet on remote islands.
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Boeing's 777x Wins Multiple Orders At Dubai Airshow

The company sold nearly 260 of Boeing's new 777 aircraft. It was touted by Boeing as the largest combined order for a new aircraft in the company's history.
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Examining U.S., European And Japan's Latest Economic Growth

Report cards are in for the world's biggest developed economies. The U.S. grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the third quarter, Japan at 1.9 percent and the eurozone at a measly 0.4 percent. Steve Inkseep talks to David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about economic growth in the last quarter.

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