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Russia Opposes Iran Acquiring Nuclear Weapons

Russian leaders don't want to see Iran with a nuclear weapon any more than the U.S. does. Russian analysts point out that Iran is not far from southern Russia. If Iran acquires nuclear weapons, Russian territory is within range of Iranian missiles. That fact makes many in Russia nervous.
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Afghan Public Protection Force Replaces Contractors

Nearly two years ago, President Hamid Karzai called for armed private security contractors in his country to be replaced by a state-run force. The Afghan Public Protection Force took over last month, and its off to a rocky start.
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Iran In Tough Spot As Sanctions Take Economic Toll

The United States has stopped buying Iranian oil, and the European Union is set to do so at the end of next month. There are sanctions on Iran's central bank and punishments for companies that help Iran ship its oil. Experts says Iran's oil exports are now in serious jeopardy.
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Mongolians Scramble For A Share Of Mining Wealth

A massive mine in the middle of the Gobi is providing opportunities to thousands of young Mongolians, drawing talent from other fields such as tourism. But some complain that foreigners earn more than locals, and those who can't find mining work are striking out on their own as illegal prospectors.

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