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Russian Election Protests Biggest In 2 Decades

A weekend of protests in Russia has forced President Dmitry Medvedev to order an investigation into allegations of electoral fraud during last week's parliamentary vote. There hasn't been demonstrations like this in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Absent President Ignites Rumors In Pakistan

President Asif Ali Zardari went to Dubai unexpectedly for medical treatment, and his political opponents say he has been weakened at a time when he faces multiple challenges.
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French Lessons: Why Letting Kids Drink At Home Isn't Tres Bien

Growing evidence suggests that kids who are allowed to drink in the home are at greater risk of developing alcohol-related problems. That's unwelcome news in France, a nation known for its love of wine that's now grappling with a binge-drinking problem among teens.
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Despite Growth, China Too Faces Debt Problems

By all appearances, China has been one of the countries least affected by the global downturn in recent years. But the Chinese government stepped up spending to keep its economy going, and many local governments now face serious debt problems.
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U.S. Troops Leaving Iraq This Year; Obama Could Benefit Next Year

The last American troops are coming home from Iraq this month, and President Obama is marking the occasion with a series of events to commemorate the conclusion of the war. On Wednesday at Fort Bragg, N.C., he and the first lady will thank troops for their service.

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