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Kim Jong Un (center) pays his respects to his father, former leader Kim Jong Il, who is lying in state at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang in this still picture taken from video footage aired by Korean Central TV of North Korea on Dec. 20. Reuters TV/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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North Korea In Transition

In North Korea, Lavish Praise For The Heir Apparent

5 min

In North Korea, Lavish Praise For The Heir Apparent

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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul laughs as he sits down with Elizabeth Rose Chamberlain, 3, of Epping, N.H., while campaigning at the Early Bird Cafe in Plaistow, N.H., on Tuesday. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Presidential Race

Looking For Boost, Candidates Hit The Ground In N.H.

4 min

Looking For Boost, Candidates Hit The Ground In N.H.

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Eric Weiner is a former NPR correspondent and also the author of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. Chuck Berman/Twelve Books hide caption

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Opinion

A Quest To Seek The Sublime In The Spiritual

3 min

A Quest To Seek The Sublime In The Spiritual

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A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry passes out stickers on Dec. 16 in Cherokee, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Elections

In Iowa, The Final GOP Ground Game Takes Shape

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In Iowa, The Final GOP Ground Game Takes Shape

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Federal policemen escort the armored car carrying a member of Los Zetas drug cartel in June. The security forces have been accused of abuses in the fight against the drug cartels. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Americas

In A Drug War, Mexican Forces Accused Of Abuses

6 min

In A Drug War, Mexican Forces Accused Of Abuses

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