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Bo Xilai Booted From China's Communist Party

The once high-flying politician faces wide-ranging criminal charges involving murder, bribery and sex. It's the latest development in what is the country's most sensational political scandal in many years.
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Tomato Wars Ahead? U.S. Dubous On Extending Mexico Trade Deal

Talk of a Tomato War is simmering, after the U.S. Commerce Department recommended ending an agreement on how fresh tomatoes grown in Mexico are sold in the United States. The issue could create an expanding trade conflict; Mexican officials have promised to retaliate.
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Can't Change Your Money In Iran? Try Afghanistan

Large sums of Iranian currency come into western Afghanistan every day and are exchanged for dollars, and then shipped back to Iran. There may be international sanctions against Iran, but in Afghan provinces that border the Islamic Republic, trade and money laundering are thriving.
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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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