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Concern over losing access to Afghan projects

AS coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan, US-funded reconstruction projects worth billions of dollars in far-flung regions of the country will soon be impossible for American officials to safely visit and directly inspect. The planned removal of more than 40,000 troops and the closure of dozens of bases over the next year will shrink the protective umbrella for US officials to ...

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Lou Reed dies; singer remembered by peers, fans

News of Lou Reed’s death hit the music world as hard and fast as a kick pedal on a bass drum Sunday morning, and resonated just as loudly. As word spread, many on Facebook changed their profile pictures to that of the legendary Velvet Underground frontman’s face, and Twitter erupted with appreciations from all corners of the globe. “The world ...

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Lou Reed dies; singer remembered by peers, fans

News of Lou Reed’s death hit the music world as hard and fast as a kick pedal on a bass drum Sunday morning, and resonated just as loudly. As word spread, many on Facebook changed their profile pictures to that of the legendary Velvet Underground frontman’s face, and Twitter erupted with appreciations from all corners of the globe. “The world ...

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Is Obamacare fiasco the scandal that sticks?

(Associated Press) For nearly five years, Republicans have struggled to make a scandal stick to President Barack Obama’s White House. One by one, the controversies — with shorthand names such as Solyndra, Benghazi, and Fast and Furious — hit a fever pitch, then faded away. But…

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‘US spied in Merkel since 2002’

27 October 2013 Last updated at 05:24 GMT The German magazine Der Spiegel has published new allegations about US spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel. Citing secret documents, the magazine says her phone may have been bugged since 2002, and was still on a National Security Agency surveillance list weeks before…

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Georgia votes for president to succeed Saakashvili

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgians are voting Sunday for a president to succeed Mikhail Saakashvili, who during nearly a decade in power has turned this former Soviet republic into a fledgling democracy and a staunch U.S. ally. For Saakashvili, it’s a bitter departure. The vote is expected to cement the control of his rival, billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose ...

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Georgia to vote in elections as Saakashvili’s rule ends

Georgia is voting in presidential elections that will bring to an end a decade in power for pro-Western President Mikheil Saakashvili. The frontrunner among the 23 candidates is a close ally of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Mr Saakashvili’s bitter rival. Following the polls, constitutional amendments will significantly reduce presidential powers. Mr Saakashvili is barred from standing as he has already ...

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NYSE runs dummy test for Twitter IPO

The New York Stock Exchange on Saturday did a test run of Twitter’s highly anticipated market debut, as it seeks to avoid the types of problems that plagued Facebook’s initial public offering on rival NASDAQ. The Big Board, run by NYSE Euronext, regularly does systems testing on the weekends, but this was the first time it had run a simulated ...

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Afghan watchdog blames government for election shortcomings

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s independent election watchdog blamed the government on Sunday for failing to prepare the ground for next year’s presidential election, and an opposition leader accused President Hamid Karzai of trying to influence the vote. Next year, millions of Afghans will vote in what is seen as the most important election in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led war against ...

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