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A Glimpse Of Daily Life In Afghanistan

Headlines of war and political crises usually occupy the news out of Afghanistan. But beyond all that, ordinary life goes on.
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China, U.S. Rushing To Resolve Crisis Over Blind Activist Chen

With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner due in China for economic talks that start on Thursday, the two countries are talking about Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest earlier this month.
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Wealthy Australian To Build 21st Century Titanic

Clive Palmer says he wants to build Titanic II to sale from London to New York. Like the builder of the original, Palmer says, "It is going to be designed so it won't sink."
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Paragliding Centenarian Regains World Record

Peggy McAlpine wasn't happy when she lost her world record. The Scottish woman was 100 when she became the oldest person to paraglide. That title was recently taken away by an American woman. So at age 104, McAlpine took the the skies again and regained the record.
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Over Pakistani Objections, U.S. Resumes Drone Strikes

The strike, which killed three suspected militants on Sunday, was carried out despite the recent demand from Pakistan's parliament that such actions be suspended.
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Austerity Measures Cost Some Politicians Their Jobs

Steve Inskeep talks to John Peet, Europe Editor of The Economist about eurozone economies, and the backlash against austerity measures.
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Two Crises Highlight China's Social Media Struggles

Beijing is cracking down on social media following a dissident's escape, apparently to U.S. protection. Its response is markedly different from its handling of the scandalous downfall of once-powerful politician Bo Xilai, when rumors were allowed to fly.

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