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Adel al-Jubeir, shown in this 2004 photo, is Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. and was the target of an Iranian assassination plot, according to the U.S. government.

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Will Saudis Play Oil Card In Revenge Against Iran?

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Ayman al-Zawahiri (shown here in a still image posted online by al-Qaida in July) replaced Osama bin Laden at the top of al-Qaida's leadership. Some argue that eliminating a few key leaders would significantly weaken the group; others say the more dangerous threat — from al-Qaida affiliates — would be unaffected by changes in the group's core leadership.

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How Close Is Al-Qaida To Defeat?

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The Congressional Research Service estimated direct U.S. banking exposure in troubled European economies at $641 billion. U.S. banks say the amount is much lower.

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U.S. Banks Can't Hide From Europe's Debt Crisis

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Victims of the plague are consigned to a communal burial during the Plague of London in 1665.

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Decoded DNA Reveals Details Of Black Death Germ

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Apple's new iPhone 4S, left, hits the market Friday — where it faces still competition from the speedy Android Bionic, right.

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Comparing Apple's iPhone 4S And The Droid Bionic

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Chapman Corp. is expanding to take advantage of extra business it expects to get in coming decades because of increasing production in the Marcellus Shale play. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Gas Drilling Boom Brings New Life To Steel Industry

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Ali Madaan, 45, is one of the Bedouin guards protecting the al-Midan station in Egypt's northern Sinai. The natural gas pipeline there has come under repeated attacks.

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Libyan Arms Flow Into Egypt Across Northern Sinai

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