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Hello Flowers, Bye-Bye Stray Dogs: Nepal Preps For South Asian Summit

VIPs arrive in Katmandu tomorrow for the big event. The government is whitewashing buildings, sending beggars away and promising 24-hour power. But what happens when the summit ends?
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Israel's Cabinet OKs Controversial Nationality Measure

The bill, which must be approved by Parliament, defines Israel as "the nation-state of the Jewish people." It has angered not only Israel's Arab citizens, but also members of the coalition government.
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Hospital 'Shocks' Fathers-To-Be

If men want to understand child birth, a hospital in China will simulate contractions. A nurse will shock a man's abdomen with electrodes for up to five minutes.
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Polish Town Thinks Winnie The Pooh Needs A Pair Of Pants

The beloved storybook character probably won't have a new playground named after him in one Polish town. Some officials there complained about the bear's immodest clothing.
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Facing A Monday Deadline, Iran's Nuclear Talks Are Extended

Iran, the U.S. and other world powers appear ready to continue talks over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Negotiators have been meeting in Vienna.
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Experts Suggest OPEC's Power Over Oil Prices Is Waning

Members of OPEC meet this week. It used to be the world held its breath when this happened, worried what the meeting would mean for oil prices. But experts say times have changed.
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Insurgent Bombing Strikes Afghan Volleyball Tournament

The bomber attacked the tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday. That came after the lower house of Afghanistan's parliament approved keeping U.S. troops in the country past the end of the year.
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Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.
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Tunisia Holds First Presidential Election Since Revolution

Tunisia's revolution is important because it set off the greater Arab Spring. Today, the country marked a milestone as Tunisians cast ballots for their next head of state.
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After Two Months, Hong Kong Residents Want Protesters To Head Home

More than 2,000 tents still occupy city streets. The longer the pro-democracy demonstration goes on, the more unwelcome it becomes.

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