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  • Obama's End Goal: World Without Nuclear Weapons
    President Obama is seeking commitments from the dozens of world leaders he's assembled in Washington D.C. to secure or eliminate nuclear weapons material. He has won some pledges of support. This week's nuclear security summit is just one step on a long path toward Obama's eventual goal of a world without nuclear weapons.
  • Nigeria's Acting President Leaps Into Action
    Rough-and-tumble politics in Nigeria has left West Africa's regional powerhouse badly bruised. With the ailing president sidelined, acting President Goodluck Jonathan fired the old Cabinet and swore in a new one last week, putting the ministers on notice that they must "hit the ground running."
  • America's New Kinder, Gentler Militia
    Although Michigan volunteer militias are still big on gun rights and wary of Washington, they aren't necessarily violent. The groups are now more interested in living off the land, survivalism and gun practice.
  • Muslims Will Use N.Y. Center To Fight Extremists
    A New York group is creating a kind of Muslim YMCA a block from Ground Zero. The group hopes the center will be a statement against extremism, and create the kind of casual interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims that helps challenge stereotypes.
  • Oprah The Icon Gets The Kitty Kelley Treatment
    The prolific and perennially controversial celebrity biographer takes a look at the life of a talk show host who doesn't much like to be talked about. Not surprisingly, Kelley's latest bio is entirely unauthorized.
  • In France, Racy Sarkozy Rumors Grow Into Crisis
    In France, a rumor of infidelity has morphed into charges of international conspiracy. President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, have denied the reports. But his outrage that the international media picked up the rumor has turned the non-event into a national saga.
  • Avon Suspends Executives In China In Fraud Probe
    The president, chief financial officer and another senior executive at Avon's China operation have been put on leave, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company is investigating an alleged bribery scandal. An Avon official in New York also is involved in the probe.
  • Mortgage Rates Start Inching Higher
    The Federal Reserve has stopped buying up mortgages, something it began doing during the financial crisis to prop up the housing sector. Mortgage rates have been creeping up in recent days. The Fed has promised to step back in if the market encounters serious problems, but analysts are hoping the market can function again on its own.
  • Mobile Apps Market Scales Up From Zero To Billions
    Roughly 3 billion apps have been downloaded for Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Nearly 80 percent of apps are free. Three years ago the industry barely existed. But recent studies suggest the app economy could top $20 billion in a few years.
  • South Korea To Impose Curfew On Gamers
    Officials in Seoul have announced a curfew to block young people from playing online games after midnight. The Korea Herald reports the curfew affects about 20 games which are mostly role-play games that suck users into virtual worlds for hours at a time.

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