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U.S. Drone Strike Said To Have Killed Taliban Leader

A U.S. drone strike in the tribal regions of Pakistan appears to have killed the number two man in the Pakistani Taliban. The strike is the first in Pakistan since President Obama announced last Thursday that he would put new restrictions on drone attacks.
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Deep Difference Stall Talks Of Syrian Opposition Council

A three day meeting to reshape and strengthen the main Syrian opposition coalition has instead dragged on for six days, and the main thing that has been strengthened is the coalition's reputation for in-fighting. The coalition is trying to expand its membership, ratify a government-in-exile, pick a new president, and decide whether to attend June talks with the Syrian government. Several members have threatened to bolt the coalition in protest, and pressure from outside players, including the U.S., Europe and Gulf Arab countries, has thus far merely intensified the coalition's polarization.
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Smithfield Deal Highlights China's Reliance On U.S. Farmers

A Chinese food company is buying Virginia-based Smithfield Foods in a deal valued at $4.7 billion. It's being called the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese buyer, but the deal will likely face close scrutiny.
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In China, Customer Service And Efficiency Begin To Blossom

NPR's Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt worked in China in the 1990s when the bureaucracy was crippling. Back then, Westerners hired people to sit in line for hours to pay their bills. Now, you can waltz into convenience stores and take care of such tasks in minutes.
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For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night'

In his haunting new graphic novel, cartoonist Xie Peng, 36, captures a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese. He worked for six years on the book, which renders a landscape of competition, anxiety and stress, and where everything, including dignity, is a commodity.
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Drone Said To Have Killed Key Pakistani Taliban Commander

Pakistani officials say Waliur Rehman was killed by a suspected U.S. drone strike. The U.S. has been offering a $5 million reward for information about him. Rehman is said to have been involved in a 2009 attack that killed seven Americans in Afghanistan — the worst loss of life in CIA history.

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