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U.K. Considering Long-Term Bonds

Britain is expected this week to announce plans to issue a bond that will take 100 years to mature — and maybe even a bond that never matures but just keeps paying out indefinitely. It's being billed as an attempt to lock in the benefits of Britain's "safe haven" status and the low borrowing rates that come with it. It also means government borrowing wouldn't have to be repaid until the next century.
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Grieving Afghan Father: 'All My Dreams Are Buried'

Many details have emerged about the American soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar province. But little has been reported about those who were killed or the five still recovering. One Afghan farmer lost nearly his entire family in the attack.
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Steady Course On Afghanistan, Obama Adviser Says

Steve Inskeep talks with Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough about the White House's strategy on Afghanistan. Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, testifies before Congress this week in the wake of the alleged shooting spree by a U.S. soldier that left 16 Afghans dead.
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Gunman Kills Four At Jewish School In France

A gunman opened fire in front of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, killing a man and three children. French authorities are investigating whether Monday's shooting is tied to attacks in the same region last week that left three soldiers dead and another critically wounded.
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Marmite Shortage Shakes New Zealand

New Zealanders are bracing for a possible shortage of their country's breakfast staple, Marmite. The dark, salty spread is a Kiwi cousin of Australian Vegemite. Marmite's manufacturer is still trying to resume production after damage from a New Zealand earthquake last year. As supplies run short, Marmite's producer is offering methods to ration the popular food.

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