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As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny

More than 85 percent of the people who live in Qatar are not citizens. Most are foreign workers who can face harsh conditions that are coming under increasing scrutiny as the emirate undergoes a building boom in advance of the 2022 World Cup.

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It's All Politics

Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight

It's been a year of influence, resilience and determination for the tea party. But not all of its actions were successful, and it faces political battles in year ahead — not just with Democrats, but also with the GOP.

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The Great Handbell War

For decades, the world's two biggest handbell companies — headquartered down the street from each other in Pennsylvania — were at each other's throats.

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The Great Handbell War

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As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny

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Beyond Cuteness: Scientists Deliver A Panda Baby Boom

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Luscious Jackson Hits A Sweet Spot With New Children's Album

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Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight

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In Little Town Of Bethlehem, U.S. Aid On Display At Christmas Market

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O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM BUTCH THOMPSON
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A Vet Finds PTSD Relief With Pot, Though The Law Creates Hurdles

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Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

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A Portuguese Tradition Of 'Healing' Dolls For Christmas

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