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North Korea's Threats: Predicable Pattern Or Provocation?

The North Korean government officially suspended operations at the Kaesong industrial complex, withdrawing all of its more than 50,000 workers. Many see the complex as the last remaining symbol of North and South Korean unity and fear that tensions may be nearing a dangerous tipping point.
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Afghans Want U.S. To Clarify Troop Level Post 2014

The United States has pledged to remain committed to Afghanistan beyond the year 2014. That's when the U.S. and its NATO allies are set to hand over the security mission to Afghan forces. But the U.S. has not yet said how many troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014, and that is causing concern among Afghans.
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The Least Bad Options For Guantanamo Bay

At the Guantanamo Bay detention center, 166 prisoners remain detained. U.S. officials say nearly a fourth of the captives are on hunger strike, though lawyers for the prisoners say the strike is more widespread. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has re-declared his desire to close the facility.
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With Eye On Budget, Hagel Seeks Pentagon Changes

In his first major policy speech, the defense secretary said the Pentagon is at war with itself: There are competing and spiraling costs within the military — for aging weapons, and for health and pension benefits for military personnel and retirees. He added that U.S. military power must be used judiciously, with a keen appreciation of its limits.
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Amid Threats, N. Korea's Neighbors Rethink Defense Policies

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear strikes on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., there is a new determination across the region to adopt a tougher line. There's talk now in Japan and South Korea that they should have nuclear weapons of their own — a position the U.S. opposes.
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Russia Calls On U.S., North Korea To Step Back From The Brink

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's remarks follow a week of tense rhetoric and tit-for-tat military moves between the two sides.
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As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

Pentagon officials say they're opening ground combat jobs to women as a matter of equality. But the military also needs them because the number of military-age men who qualify for service is declining.

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