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Then-Capt. Brent Clemmer said Staff Sgt. Robert Bales distinguished himself as a team leader in Clemmer's C Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment during the Battle of Zarqa, Iraq. The faces of the rest of Bales' squad have been obscured. Courtesy Maj. Brent Clemmer hide caption

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Afghanistan

For Suspect In Afghan Attack, A Praised Record

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Tamika Rhodes and her children (clockwise) Taneea, Takeema and Paul at their home in St. Paul, Minn. Rhodes says the house is more important to her as a source of stability than as an investment. Ann Baxter/NPR hide caption

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Crisis In The Housing Market

Sweet Home: When Owning Isn't All About Money

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Syrian girls attend a class in a makeshift classroom at a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border in southern Turkey's Hatay province, on Feb. 8. More than 12,000 Syrians live in refugee camps in Hatay, and several thousand more have found accommodations elsewhere. Murad Sezer/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Middle East

Syrian Refugees May Be Wearing Out Turks' Welcome

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Israeli soldiers get ready to launch the Skylark drone during a drill in January. Israelis are required to serve in the military, and an exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews has created a fierce debate. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images hide caption

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Israelis Face Off Over Orthodox Military Exemption

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Miles and Kent Romney, (left to right), distant cousins of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. Miles believes his cousin's candidacy is nothing less than prophetic. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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Election 2012

Mexican Cousins Keep Romney's Family Tree Rooted

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A student paints the Facebook logo on a mural commemorating Egypt's revolution last spring. The team from the CIA's Open Source Center monitors social media activity overseas. Manoocher Deghati/AP hide caption

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CIA Tracks Public Information For The Private Eye

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