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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, shown here during a press conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Kabul last month, has become increasingly combative toward the U.S. recently. Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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World

Afghan Announcements Annoy U.S., Hurt Relations

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Afghan Announcements Annoy U.S., Hurt Relations

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Indiana state Rep. Peggy Welsh is one of a few Democrats who occupied her House seat last week when Democrats tried to prevent a vote on a bill that would make Indiana a right-to-work state. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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Politics

Indiana Democrats Losing Fight Against Union Limits

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Indiana Democrats Losing Fight Against Union Limits

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Start Your Engines: With Cadillac's unveiling of the ATS — a compact luxury car — the Detroit automaker put itself in direct competition with BMW's 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz's C-Class. Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Business

Cadillac Gears Up To Take On German Automakers

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Cadillac Gears Up To Take On German Automakers

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Tired of the nerve-rattling chorus of pundits and office-seekers? Try an a cappella playlist as an antidote. Luis Davilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

The Primary Season, A Cappella

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The Primary Season, A Cappella

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane in Bedford, Mass., on Wednesday, heading for South Carolina. Romney brings momentum from Iowa and New Hampshire, but South Carolina is new terrain — a place where Romney is going to have to appeal to religious conservatives and Tea Party voters. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Presidential Race

'Battle Royale' Begins For South Carolina Voters

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'Battle Royale' Begins For South Carolina Voters

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In his New Hampshire primary victory speech Tuesday, Mitt Romney chided GOP rivals for challenging his record as the former head of a private equity firm. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Presidential Race

Romney's Success Sparks GOP Debate Over Capitalism

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Romney's Success Sparks GOP Debate Over Capitalism

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Iranian security forces inspect the site where a magnetic bomb attached to a car by a motorcyclist exploded outside a university in Tehran on Wednesday, killing nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. Sajad Safari/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Middle East

Iranian Nuclear Expert Killed; Tensions Mount

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Iranian Nuclear Expert Killed; Tensions Mount

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A member of Iran's navy participates in a drill on Dec. 28, 2011, in the Sea of Oman. Tehran is threatening to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, in retaliation for new sanctions by the West. Ali Mohammadi/AP hide caption

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National Security

Can Iran Close The World's Most Important Oil Route?

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Can Iran Close The World's Most Important Oil Route?

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Pope Benedict XVI will travel in March to Cuba, where he's expected to endorse the growing dialogue between the church and the state. Here, an employee from the Rome's Biopark zoo holds a rare Cuban crocodile Wednesday, as he meets the pontiff at the Vatican. The crocodile will be returned to Cuba around the time the pope visits the island. Osservatore Romano/AP hide caption

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The Americas

Pope To Visit Cuba To Endorse Church's Growing Role

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Pope To Visit Cuba To Endorse Church's Growing Role

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The Nigerian government removed fuel subsidies, which drove up prices and prompted nationwide strikes this week. Here, a young man protests in front of burning tires in the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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Africa

Nigeria Rattled By Strikes, Sectarian Violence

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Nigeria Rattled By Strikes, Sectarian Violence

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A demonstration of Oblong's g‑speak SOE (spatial operating environment), technology that was featured in the film Minority Report. oblong.com hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Humans And Machines: Beyond Touch

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Humans And Machines: Beyond Touch

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"El Gordo" — the "big" or "fat" one in Spanish — as seen in a composite image produced by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Hughes hide caption

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'El Gordo,' Galaxy With Mass 2 Quadrillion Times The Sun's, Discovered

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