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An Afghan policeman searches a man at a checkpoint where a NATO soldier was stabbed to death in Kabul on Aug. 20. As U.S. and NATO troops are drawing down in Afghanistan, the Taliban have been stepping up attacks this summer. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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.

A Trident submarine makes its way out from Faslane naval base in 2009. Scotland votes on whether it wants independence next month, raising questions about the future of Britain's naval base, including its nuclear subs. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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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.

The murals by Diego Rivera and other works at the Detroit Institute of Arts would be safe from creditors under the plan before a bankruptcy judge Tuesday. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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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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