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Netanyahu Cancels Early Parliamentary Elections

On Monday, Israel announced it would hold early parliamentary elections. But in a stunning overnight turnaround, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled the vote and announced a new coalition government that will include the leader of the opposition Kadima Party. The surprise development has prompted a wave of speculation in Israel — much of it centered on the new coalition's policy toward Iran and its suspect nuclear program.
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Greece's Debt May Have Massive Ripple Effect

Greece's "collision course" with its creditors is likely to have a deep impact well beyond Greek borders and Europe. Melissa Block talks through some of those scenarios with Ken Rogoff — economics professor at Harvard and former chief economist with the International Monetary Fund.
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Clinton Pressures India To Stop Iran Oil Imports

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading home after a three day visit to India. Her trip comes at a time when both the U.S. and India are looking to chart a new economic and political course in South Asia.
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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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