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Kazakhstan Celebrates First, And Only, President

On Dec. 1, Kazakhstan celebrated a new holiday: "First President's Day." The central Asian country feted its long-time leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, though outside observers have criticized what appears to be a growing cult of personality around the president in the oil-rich country.
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Pencils Down? French Plan Would End Homework

President Francois Hollande says the extra work penalizes students with difficult home situations, proposing doing away with homework in elementary and junior high schools. But others argue the individual work is exactly what those students need to succeed.
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In Pakistan, Secrets Of A 3,000-Year-Old Cemetery

A team of archaeologists is excavating an ancient cemetery in the Swat Valley. The site reveals the ancient Dardic community's burial and post-burial rituals, including using graves for more than one generation.
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Afghans Begin New Exodus, Often At Great Cost

Reversing a decade-old trend, more Afghans are now leaving the country than are returning, as uncertainty grows over the scheduled withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014. For many Afghans, legal migration is out of reach, but that doesn't keep them from sneaking out of their homeland.
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U.S. Tax Fight: The view From Asia

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with Demetri Sevastopulo, the Asia news editor for the Financial Times, about how people in Hong Kong and elsewhere in China view America's budget problems and the so-called "fiscal cliff."
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Ach! No End In Sight For Berlin Airport Woes

The new international airport in Berlin has become a major embarrassment to Germany. The airport was supposed to replace the three airports that operated in the once-divided city. But with major cost overruns and safety issues, the project has been delayed three times already.
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Joint U.S.-Afghan Base Attacked By Taliban In Eastern Afghanistan

The Associated Press and the BBC are reporting that a joint U.S.-Afghan base in eastern Afghanistan was attacked at that fighting is taking place.

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