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For Afghan Soldiers, A Battle For Respect

Afghan soldiers are taking a more prominent role in the country's security operations, slowly winning the respect of ordinary Afghan citizens. But, the soldiers say, they aren't receiving the same respect or thanks from the government: benefits go missing and proper medical treatment is often scarce.
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As The Clock Ticks, Americans Train Afghan Troops

The U.S. plans to end its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014. The Americans are working with the Afghans to make that country's military more self-sufficient, but even teaching the small things can take time.
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Recipe For Safer Drinking Water? Add Sun, Salt And Lime

Adding dirt and salt can help make drinking water cleaner, and is far cheaper than fancy filtration systems for getting rid of harmful bacteria, scientists say. It just takes a little patience and the sun.
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Chen Fears Supporters Will Pay For His Escape

In China, uncertainty still surrounds the fate of the activist Chen Guangcheng, who remains in a hospital receiving treatment after his dramatic escape from house arrest to the U.S. embassy. Chen says he's had positive indications that he will be able to apply for a passport to study in the U.S. At the same time, he remains under guard, and many of his supporters are being punished for their part in his escape.
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Clinton Hopes To Soon Welcome Chinese Activist Chen To The U.S.

The secretary of state isn't putting a timetable on when he will be allowed to leave China, but says progress is being made on the high-profile case.
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Al-Qaida Airline Plot Wasn't A Public Threat

The White House and FBI have confirmed al-Qaida attempted to target a plane bound for the United States. All indications are the plan was conceived by al-Qaida's arm in Yemen. But officials say the plot was foiled before it was any threat to the public.

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