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Friction Among Afghans A Threat To Post-U.S. Mission

By this time next year, there will be roughly half as many U.S. troops in Afghanistan as there are today. And for U.S. strategy in the country to work, Afghan security forces will have to hold off the Taliban after the Americans leave. But it's unclear if the Afghans will all stand together.
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Chemical Weapons Use In Syria Crosses U.S. 'Red Line'

U.S. and European intelligence has determined that the Syrian government has used Sarin chemical weapons on multiple occasions in its fight to suppress rebels. With this determination, the White House says aid for the rebels — perhaps in the form of heavy weapons — will be forthcoming.
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GOP Lawmakers Greet Obama's Syria Step, But Urge A Leap

The White House announced Syria had crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons. Many of the GOP reactions suggested the announcement was long overdue. And they made clear they expect much more from the president than just arming the Syrian rebels.
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Where Things Stand In Syria – And Other Questions Answered

The White House announced Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Assad had crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons. The announcement comes amid calls for greater U.S. engagement in the conflict. We take a look at what is happening in Syria and who the major players are.
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Alvaro Vargas Llosa: "Global Crossings"

Immigration policy has long been an emotionally and politically charged topic. Journalist and author Alvaro Vargas Llosa examines the causes and consequences of human migration, and argues that immigrants' economic contributions far outweigh the costs.

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Death Toll In Syria Jumps To Nearly 93,000

Death toll numbers in Syria have been revised higher after a report released by the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Melissa Block talks to Megan Price, the group's director of research.
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Pope's Reference To 'Gay Lobby' Broaches Taboo Topic

Pope Francis has surprised many with his candor in the early days of his papacy. In recent remarks, he reportedly acknowledged a so-called gay lobby in the Vatican. The pope's words are being interpreted as part of a broader effort to re-examine the way the Vatican is run.
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As Sanctions Squeeze, Iranians Keep Improvising

Whoever wins Iran's presidential election will face a major challenge: how to revive a struggling economy that is facing tough international sanctions. Iranians have been finding ways around the punitive measures for decades, but are they running out of options?
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U.S. Says It Has 'High Confidence' Syria Used Chemical Weapons

The White House says sarin gas has killed up to 150 people in Syria, and that the use of chemical weapons crosses a "red line."
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Israel's Rabbis Seek To Bend Pastries To Their Will

The council of rabbis that regulates everything connected with Jewish religious law in Israel now wants to change the shape of bourekas, a type of stuffed pastry popular among Israelis. The move is aimed at helping people keep kosher. But if the rabbis succeed, says one cafe owner, "there really is no limit to their power."

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