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As Afghan Tajiks Lay Leader To Rest, Eyes Turn To Political Future

Afghanistan has lost its first vice president, a warlord who fought beside the U.S. against the Taliban. Mohammed Qasim Fahim's death presents his Tajik brethren a tough choice in upcoming elections.
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As Vote In Crimea Nears, Kerry Has Words Of Warning For Russia

The crisis in Ukraine continues. On Sunday, there's a referendum in Crimea about whether to split from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.
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When Bad Things Happen To Planes, Flight Codes Get 'Retired'

Malaysia Airlines says it will stop using codes associated with its missing Flight MH370 as a "mark of respect" for the plane's passengers and crew. It's a long-standing industry practice.
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What's Holding Up Ukraine Aid Bill In Congress? Anger Over IRS

Republicans say that to get the measure passed new IRS rules that make it harder for tax-exempt groups to veer into politics must be withdrawn.
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Pope Francis' First Year In Review

The Pope has earned praise and criticism for his first year leading the Catholic Church. The National Catholic Reporter's Michael Sean Winters and conservative columnist Gayle Trotter weigh in.
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Debate: Should The President Be Able To Order Citizens Killed Abroad?

In the latest Intelligence Squared debate, two teams face off over the constitutionality of targeting terrorist suspects abroad — particularly when those individuals are U.S. citizens.
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Officials Dispute Report That Malaysian Jet Kept Flying For Hours

U.S. investigators tell The Wall Street Journal that equipment aboard the missing plane was transmitting for four hours after it is thought to have vanished. Malaysian officials say that's not true.
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London Tourist Gets Palace Guard To Smile

A video that has become popular on YouTube shows a tourist getting a member of the Queen's Guard to smile. The guards are usually stoic.
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Yatsenyuk Appeals For International Aid For Ukraine

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk takes his case to the United Nations on Thursday, as he tries to build support for his country in its territorial conflict with Russia.
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Venezuela: A Month Of Unrest And Forecasts Of More

Student-led protesters are clashing with the security forces over a range of grievances that include inflation, joblessness, food shortages and high crime. Both sides appear to be digging in.

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