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How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight'

Most of the wealthy Gulf emirates prefer to keep a low profile. Not Qatar. Over the past two decades, it has aggressively pursued high-profile projects such as launching the Al Jazeera satellite network and winning a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

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Don't Knock The Nog Until You've Tried This One

Maria del Mar Sacasa, author of Winter Cocktails, says eggnog can, and should, be done right. After playing with milk-to-booze ratios and spice combinations, she believes she has the perfect recipe for basic eggnog.

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After Hard Times At Home, Afghan Musicians Seek To Be Heard In America

A cross-generational group of Afghanistan's top musicians provides a living archive of the nation's cultural treasures — players who've found a new home in Fremont, Calif. They've just released a new album, headed by a phenomenal female singer named Mahwash.

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With Its Economy Hobbled, Greece's Well-Educated Drain Away

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