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In France, Free Birth Control For Girls At Age 15

Starting in January, the French government will provide contraceptives for girls ages 15 to 18 — without charge and without parental notification. The measure, which passed parliament without debate, aims to reduce teen pregnancies by increasing access to birth control and education.
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For Two Cubans In Guantanamo, Daily Commute Between Two Worlds Ends

For more than 50 years, the men traveled from their homes in the communist nation to jobs on the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. "Sometimes you feel like you are living in two worlds," says one. The men just retired.
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U.S. Nervous About Japan's New Prime Minister

The Obama administration will soon be dealing with new leadership in Japan. Over the weekend, Japanese voters returned a former prime minister to the country's top job. Shinzo Abe took an assertive stand on several issues during the election, sparking concern in the U.S. his win could stir up tension in the region.
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Daughter Of A Dictator Favored In S. Korean Election

Park Geun-hye's father was a military dictator who ran the country for nearly two decades. She has apologized for her father's suppression of democracy and appears to be slightly favored in Wednesday's presidential vote.
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Japan's New Leader Promises Tough Line On China

Shinzo Abe will be Japan's next prime minister. He last held the position in 2006, but resigned after a troubled year in office. His party, the Liberal Democratic Party, ruled for all but 11 months from 1955 to 2009.

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