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Taliban's Fighting Season A Major Test Of Afghan Forces

The Taliban are steadily increasing their attacks since launching their annual spring offensive a month ago, and this fighting season is particularly critical. It's a test of the Afghan forces, who in another month, are supposed to be leading 100 percent of security operations in Afghanistan. So far, there's guarded optimism they can keep the militants in check.
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McCain Meets With Rebels In Syria

Arizona Sen. John McCain spent his Memorial Day in Syria. McCain's spokesman says the Republican senator crossed into northern Syria from Turkey to meet with rebels in the country, ripped apart by the 2-year conflict turned civil war.
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At 500, Machiavelli's 'Prince' Still Inspires Love And Fear

Niccolo Machiavelli is synonymous with political deceit, cynicism and ruthlessness. He called his most famous work, The Prince, a handbook for statesmen. An exhibit in Rome celebrates the 500th anniversary of what's still one of the most influential political essays in Western literature.
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Palestinian Used Imprisoned Husband's Sperm To Get Pregnant

The woman is seven months pregnant. Her husband is serving 25 years in an Israeli prison for attempted murder. They wanted another baby – and smuggled his sperm out. Doctors say 10 more women are pregnant the same way. Israel says that's illegal; Palestinians call it another form of resistance.
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Violence From Syria Spills Into Lebanon's Capital Beirut

On Sunday, two rockets struck a Beirut neighborhood controlled by the militant group Hezbollah. The strikes followed a speech on Saturday by Hezbollah's leader in which he basically admitted his men are fighting in Syria, and in support of that country's president President Bashar Assad.
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Secretary Kerry Urges U.S. Firms To Invest In Africa

Secretary Of State John Kerry made a stop in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa over the weekend. Kerry was in Africa several weeks ahead of a trip to the region by President Obama.
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Sweden Tries To Get A Handle On Riots

Violence has erupted over the past week in and around the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Tensions have emerged over joblessness, a growing gap between wealthy and poor and influxes of immigrants. David Greene talks to Alistair Scrutton, Stockholm bureau chief for the Reuters News Agency, for the latest on the chaos.

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