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NATO Suspends Operations With Afghan Soldiers

NATO says it's scaling back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks. So far, about 51 international troops have died in such attacks. The U.S.-led coalition's key goal is to get Afghan forces ready to take over security from foreign forces by the end of 2014.
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Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren't many to choose from. But the domination by brewers such as Asahi, Sapporo and Kirin is ebbing. And some longtime sake makers are now devoting part of their breweries to beer.
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As Sanctions Take A Toll, Debate In Iran Heats Up

Talks on Iran's nuclear activities appear to be at a halt, but there is action behind the scenes. Iran's public position hasn't changed. But privately, debate is growing over whether the nuclear program is worth the economic pain of harsh banking and oil sanctions that continue to do their work.
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Obama Files New Trade Complaint Against China

President Obama announced the complaint during a campaign stop in Ohio on Monday. Audie Cornish talks to Scott Horsley.
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For Liberian Youth, A Creative Outlet In Krumping

A high-energy form of dance developed in the churches and gang communities of Los Angeles has made its way to Liberia. The krumping craze is sweeping the West African nation and providing a way to harness the creativity of the first generation of Liberian youths who didn't lose their teenage years to civil war.
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Singapore's Rising Tech Industry Draws Expat Innovators And Investors

Lower taxes weren't the only thing that attracted Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin when he made his new home in Singapore in May. The World Bank lists Singapore as the easiest place to do business. Increasingly, money and talent are drawn to the city-state's tech sector.
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Violence Takes Root In Post-Gadhafi Security Vacuum

As the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi underscores, eastern Libya is awash with heavy weaponry, security forces are weak, and the people with the biggest guns rule. Paragovernmental militias patrol the streets, and Libyans fear that militant violence, if left unchecked, could engulf the new Libya.

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