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As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up

U.S. combat troops will be gone by year's end and Afghanistan is still trying to sort out its presidential election. The Taliban, meanwhile, have launched some of their largest offensives in years.

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Scotland's Independence Vote And The Fate Of Britain's Nuclear Subs

The Scottish vote next month, but it's not entirely clear whether they would keep the pound or the BBC. And then there's the naval base with Britain's nuclear subs.

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Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court

The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.

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Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court

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Scotland's Independence Vote And The Fate Of Britain's Nuclear Subs

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Despite Shelling, Ukrainian Workers Keep On Watering The Flowers

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As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up

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A Photographic Tour Of A Country That Doesn't Like Cameras

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