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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari speaks in Sri Lanka on Nov. 29. The president has been treated at a hospital in Dubai since Dec. 6. Aides say he is recovering. Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Absent President Ignites Rumors In Pakistan

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Verbal Headlock Clutchy Hopkins
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Divertimento, transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin (after The Fairy's Kiss) [IV. Pas de Deux (b) Variation] Jasper Wood
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Divertimento, transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin (after The Fairy's Kiss) [IV. Pas de Deux (c) Coda] Jasper Wood
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan thinks more can be done to keep debtors out of jail. She says the state is investigating creditors that it thinks are abusing laws by incarcerating debtors. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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Unpaid Bills Land Some Debtors Behind Bars

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Weird Fishes/Arpeggi Radiohead
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Thank You for Sending Me An Angel Talking Heads
Electricity (Instrumental) Talking Heads

Cui Jinmin oversees an abandoned strip of unfinished highway in western China's Shaanxi province. Cui says the government stopped paying his workers in April and they went home in July. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Despite Growth, China Too Faces Debt Problems

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Makin' Whoopee Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan Quartet
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People wait to see a career adviser at a training center operated by the New York Department of Labor in New York City. NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey on the emotional, physical and financial effects of being without work for a year or more. Nearly 70 percent of respondents would like the government to offer more job training opportunities. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The State Of The Long-Term Unemployed

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Trilogy Avery Sharpe
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Protect Me Avery Sharpe
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The Plug Bonobo
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The hot holiday gift Beyblades are seen in the FAO Schwarz store in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Beyblades: A New Spin Puts An Old Toy Back On Top

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Bargain of a Century Albert Hammond, Jr.
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On this April 7, 2009, visit to Iraq, President Obama greets U.S. troops at Camp Victory in Baghdad. On Dec. 2, 2011, the base was handed over to the Iraqi government. All U.S. soldiers are to be gone from Iraq by year's end. Charles Dharapak/Associated Press hide caption

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U.S. Troops Leaving Iraq This Year; Obama Could Benefit Next Year

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Sugar Baby Bill Frisell
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For Christos Bill Frisell
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Nicholas Payton & Stephen Scott
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Stephen Scott & Mark Whitfield
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