Speaker of the House-elect John Boehner speaks during a news conference with fellow GOP House leaders on Nov. 18. Boehner says he will do whatever it takes to eliminate the new health law.
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U.S. Army paratroopers patrol a busy market street in downtown Herat in northwest Afghanistan in June. In the past year, insurgent attacks and crime have spiked in this part of the country, which previously had been relatively calm. It's believed that U.S.-led operations in neighboring provinces are driving insurgents north, to Herat.
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The trial of Don Ruggero Conti, a charismatic 55-year-old priest accused of molesting seven boys, has brought the issue to the Vatican's doorstep. Pope Benedict XVI and cardinals from around the world are meeting Friday to discuss some of the key issues facing the church, including its handling of clerical sex abuse scandals.
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A saleswoman arranges 22-carat gold necklaces at Forever Precious Jewellery and Diamonds Ltd. in Ahmedabad, India. The country is the world's largest consumer of gold, accounting for some 20 percent of the global demand.
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