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Afghans Brace For U.S. Departure In 2014

U.S. and NATO forces will still be around for about two more years. But some Afghans fear a return of the Taliban, a civil war or economic collapse will follow a pullout by Western forces. Afghanistan also has a presidential election in 2014 that could reshape the country.
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When A Child Comes Home From War

Since 2001, more than 1.9 million sons and daughters have been deployed to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. For many young veterans, homecoming can be a time of mixed emotions and changing family dynamics after a life-changing experience at war.
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North Korea and the Global Economy

This week, a former Democratic Presidential candidate and a Google executive visited North Korea. The trip- described as a humanitarian mission- quickly generated controversy...

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BBC Engulfed In Second Crisis Within Weeks

George Entwistle resigned over the weekend as the director general of the BBC. He left following controversy over child sex-abuse reports. He had been on the job for just eight weeks. The BBC was already under fire over a decision to drop an investigation into widespread child abuse allegations about a popular TV host, who died last year.
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China's Next Leader Has A Soft Spot For Iowa Town

The man who is about to become China's new leader, Xi Jinping, is well-traveled. In his current role as vice president, he's been to 41 countries, more than any other Chinese leader-to-be. In all his globetrotting, he's kept a soft spot for Muscatine, a small town in Iowa.
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As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Trains Afghan Troops

Logar Province, a flashpoint just south of Kabul, shows the challenges facing U.S. forces as they try to prepare Afghan troops to take over security. In some areas, Afghan troops lead operations. In others, insurgents still pose a serious threat, and the U.S. troops still have the lead role.
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Greek Parliament OKs Austerity Budget

The move is the final hurdle for the beleaguered country to get a massive $40 billion international bailout. Greece would go bankrupt without the money, but saving the country is becoming economically and politically ever more difficult.

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