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U.S. Political Standoff Hangs Over IMF, World Bank Meetings

The world's top financial officials were in Washington, D.C. over the weekend for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling standoff were hot topics among the visiting world financial leaders.
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China Experiences Surprise Drop In Exports

Chinese exports dropped point 0.3 percent in September from a year earlier. It was the worst performance in three months. Analysts think much of the drop was due to plunging demand from Southeast Asia. Investors have been pulling money out of the region on concern the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut bond purchases and the money supply will tighten.
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Speedy Evacuation In India Saves Lives During Cyclone

Cyclone Phailin slammed into the east coast of India over the weekend. It caused widespread destruction of property, but minimal loss of life. Indians are surprised and pleased at how well the government's evacuation effort worked.
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Iran's Leaders Send Sobering Message: No Quick Economic Fix

Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani says he will seek a nuclear agreement and an end to crippling Western economic sanctions. This has raised hopes that better economic times may be ahead. But Rouhani's team, as well as economists, say Iran's problems are deep-rooted and won't be easily solved.
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Kenyan President Faced Justice With Help Of Secret Envelope

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy face charges at the International Criminal Court of instigating and financing deadly tribal violence after the disputed 2007 election. Their cases might never have reached this stage if not for one Kenyan judge and a remarkable disappearing act.
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Death Toll In India Temple Stampede Rises

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims were crossing a bridge leading to a temple in Madhya Pradesh state on Sunday when they panicked at rumors the bridge would collapse, triggering a stampede.
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Russia Sees Staggering Income Inequality

In Russia today, 110 billionaires hold 35 percent of the nation's wealth. Host Arun Rath talks with the Wall Street Journal's Lukas Alpert about this post-Soviet phenomenon.
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Seven Red Cross Relief Workers Seized In Syria

The Red Cross said the workers had been abducted in northwest Syria. On Sunday, the group's director-general, Yves Daccord, tweeted, "Our thoughts are with our colleagues and their families."
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Cyclone Phailin Leaves Debris And Relatively Few Casualties

Indian officials are reporting far fewer casualties than had been feared when the large and powerful cyclone Phailin struck the country's east coast Saturday. But the storm, which forced the evacuation of nearly 1 million people, has left flooding and destruction in its path.
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U.S. Reaches Partial Deal To Keep Troops In Afghanistan

Talks between U.S. and Afghan officials have yielded a partial security agreement between the two countries. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Hamid Karzai held discussions Friday and Saturday on a deal to keep the U.S. military in the country beyond the 2014 pullout date for most U.S. and NATO troops.

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