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French President's Bold Actions Transform His Image

Francois Hollande seemed diffident in the first months of his presidency, but his recent moves have surprised critics. He has sent French troops into Mali to combat Islamist rebels, and on the domestic front brokered a labor deal after years of union clashes.
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Grim Situation Starts To Lift In Aleppo, Syria

The situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo is much less dire than it was a month ago. Food stalls are full of produce, albeit at much higher prices than before, and the bread crisis has been somewhat averted. The fighting is now centered on airbases on the outskirts of the city.
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Toyota Regains No. 1 Sales Position

After careening from back-to-back crises — recalls and the tsunami — Toyota is No. 1 in worldwide sales again. Toyota says it sold at least 9.7 million vehicles in 2012. General Motors reports it sold 9.3 million. Both companies say it doesn't really matter which one is in the top spot.
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Training Program Aims To Prep Soldiers For Civilian Jobs

Thousands of Minnesota soldiers deployed in Kuwait woke up to a surprise last spring. Just weeks before the end of their tour, a group of corporate recruiters showed up on base. The visit was part of a new strategy to help returning service members find jobs after they've hung up their uniforms.
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U.S. Considers Involvement In Mali As Extremists Seize Territory

The U.S. is mulling over ways to help France, as the French military continues its bombing raids in Northern Mali. The State Department says it shares the French goal of restoring order in part of that African country which is now overrun by extremists, including an al-Qaida affiliate. But the U.S. has long argued that the solution needs to be African-led, so the Obama administration — while offering France some "limited logistical support" — is also trying to speed up efforts to train an African intervention force for Mali.

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