August 19, 2011 Markets were down earlier today in Asia and Europe. Gold rose again. Meanwhile, there have been more deadly suicide attacks in central Asia. And, Bank of America says it is eliminating about 3,500 jobs.
August 8, 2011 Ari Shapiro, one of our NPR White House correspondents, got to see something interesting Monday, a White House aide toning down President Obama's response to Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt, prior to the president delivering it, seemingly to make it less divisive.
A U.S. flag and a POW/MIA flag fly at half-staff at a sports bar near the main gate of Naval Air Station Oceana/Dam Neck Annex, the base of Navy SEAL Team Six in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday.
August 8, 2011 The NATO mission in Afghanistan has released a statement detailing the crash of Chinook helicopter that killed 30 U.S. service members Saturday. The helicopter with 22 Navy SEALS aboard was on a mission to aid another U.S. force under fire.
July 27, 2011 House Republicans delay vote on debt limit plan; mayor of Kandahar murdered; Britain will recognize Libyan rebels as legitimate government; landslide kills at least 32 in South Korea
Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
July 20, 2011 Reporters got a text message from a Taliban cellphone today, reporting the leader's death. It's not true, spokesmen say. They say "western forces" were engaging in "psychological warfare." The Taliban's IT team is investigating.
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Policemen stand at the blast site at Opera House in Mumbai on July 14, 2011, one of three that killed at least 17 people.
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July 14, 2011 Attacks on Karzai funeral; no leads in India bombing attacks; home foreclosures drop in the first half of 2011; rare, colorful toad spotted in Malaysia
Ahmed Wali Karzai.
July 12, 2011 Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother is assassinated at his home in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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July 7, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of Nation, losing the anonymous in AA, and Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again. In the second hour, keeping children's minds engaged during summer break, and an update on Afghanistan.
Fire broke out in Kabul's Inter-Continental Hotel on Tuesday during the attack.
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June 30, 2011 The airstrike that killed him came on the same day the Obama administration unveiled its new "National Strategy for Counterterrorism," which focuses on targeted drone strikes and special operations raids rather than conventional wars.
June 29, 2011 In other news: Officials say nuclear materials are safe from New Mexico wildfire and that nuclear power plants are safe from flooding in Nebraska.
The Inter-Continental hotel in seen in the dark as tracer bullets are shot during an attack in Kabul.
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June 28, 2011 The Inter-Continental, once part of an international chain, is one of the Afghan capital's more luxurious hotels. No word yet on any casualties.
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June 23, 2011 President Obama's decision to withdraw all 33,000 surge troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer was another success for Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a defeat for Gen. David Petraeus, according to Yochi Dreazen and Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic.
June 4, 2011: women and girls at a literacy class in Anjil, Afghanistan.
June 23, 2011 But a key question is raised by the prospect of U.S. troops leaving that nation: What happens to the gains, modest as they may be, that women there have made?
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June 23, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the capture of James "Whitey" Bulger, and editorials and opinion pages on the future of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In the second hour, how we measure time, and the documentary film, The Price of Sex.
June 23, 2011 "Almost everyone we've talked with, from sergeants to generals say 'you really should not take out combat troops,' " during the initial phase of U.S. troop withdrawals, NPR's Tom Bowman reports from Afghanistan.
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