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A Marine with Fox Company sits in the dust and mud of the flooded entrance to Patrol Base Barcha in the Helmand River valley in southern Afghanistan. Rising water in the surrounding fields has forced the Marines to fill in the area with gravel and sandbags. The sweltering summer temperatures have dropped, bringing a new set of problems as winter approaches. In Washington, debate is under way on how the U.S. should proceed in Afghanistan — and how to pay for it.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (shown here in March 2009 at a gathering of his new political party, the People of Freedoms) has recently come under fire for a sexist remark about an opposition politician's looks and intellect. After a series of sex scandals involving Berlusconi, more than 100,000 women have signed a petition stating they are offended by him.
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Mike Reynolds pets his cat outside his home in 1992, the year his 18-year-old daughter, Kimber, was shot and killed by a repeat offender. Two years later, his ballot initiative for California's three strikes law passed overwhelmingly. He has fought tirelessly to uphold it ever since.
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