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Afghan Announcements Annoy U.S., Hurt Relations

The U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to worsen, after a series of announcements that appear designed to embarrass Washington. Karzai is angry that the U.S. appears to be bypassing him in key decisions and is eager to prove he isn't beholden to America.
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Pope To Visit Cuba To Endorse Church's Growing Role

The 84-year-old pontiff's upcoming trip will be a strong show of support for the country's Catholic leaders, who are among the leading voices for change in Cuba. The visit comes 14 years after Pope John Paul II's historic trip to Havana, when he urged Cuba to open to the world, and for the world to open to Cuba.
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Ethiopia Invades Somalia In Fight Against Al-Shabab

In December, Ethiopian troops seized the city of Beledweyne, in Western Somalia, from al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab, in an attempt to weaken their influence in the country. The decision to increase international presence in Somalia has raised serious questions among analysts about the effect armed intervention will have on the region.
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Photo Gallery: Polaroid, Freeze Frames

In our digital age, are we trading convenience for the romance of the journey? These are photographs you can touch and smell and share, hand to hand, among your new traveling companions.
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Photo Gallery: Yaroslavl, Overcoming Tragedy

Yaroslavl — located just a few hours northeast of the Russian capital — was in the news last summer, when nearly every member of the hockey-loving city's professional team, Lokomotiv, was killed after the team plane crashed on takeoff.

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