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Iran Turns To Afghanistan When Laundering Money

There may be international sanctions against Iran, but not in Afghanistan's border provinces with the Islamic Republic where trade and money-laundering are thriving. Every day, millions in Iranian currency are brought in by taxis ferrying passengers. The Iranian money is exchanged for dollars, which are then shipped back to Iran. American officials recently ordered the Afghan banks to crack down on this phenomenon and it appears to be having some effect. But Afghan money changers claim the money-laundering will never stop unless border guards stop accepting bribes and letting the Iranians in.
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The Tricky Business Of Reintegrating The Taliban

In Afghanistan, millions of dollars in foreign aid have gone to reintegrating former Taliban fighters and other militants back into society through programs run by the government and the NATO-led coalition. But critics say many militants use these programs to gain access to arms and money.
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Disgraced Chinese Leader Ousted From Party

Disgraced senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been expelled from the Communist party, and will now face criminal charges. The Xinhua news agency says he's accused of abusing power, taking bribes and having improper sexual relations with women. It also implicates him in the murder case involving his wife, saying he made serious mistakes for which he will have to take responsibility.
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Experts Weigh In On Likelihood Of A War With Iran

This week, speeches at the United Nations General Assembly addressed the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Robert Siegel explores the likelihood of war with Iran, through conversations with Dennis Ross, counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, New York Times Tehran correspondent Thomas Erdbrink, Titra Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, and Mike Shuster, who covers Iran's nuclear program.
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Crucial Parliamentary Elections Near In Georgia

Parliamentary elections take place in Georgia on Monday. The country's president, a reformer and darling of the U.S. government, is accused of corruption and increasingly repressive tactics. He's being opposed by a multi-billionaire who made most of his money in Russia.

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