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  • Taliban Tightens Grip Near Northern Pakistan Border
    Taliban militants are gaining strength and power around the northern Pakistan city of Peshawar. As the group expands its control, it is having a direct impact on U.S. and NATO military operations in Afghanistan.
  • U.S. Eyes Upgrade For Pakistan Warplanes
    The Bush administration is considering shifting more than $200 million intended for counterterrorism to help Pakistan make improvements to its fleet of F-16 jets. Congressional critics question claims that enhanced F-16s will be useful in the fight against terrorists.
  • Drug Test Nabs U.S. Olympic Swimmer Hardy
    Jessica Hardy, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic swim team in two events, has tested positive for a stimulant and could be barred from competing in Beijing. Hardy's lawyer says she denies that she "cheated."
  • China Trains Cheerleaders To Rally The Masses
    The Chinese government is training 300,000 cheerleaders in the hopes that their peppy slogans will drown out any embarrassing lapses in sportsmanship at the Beijing Olympics. Still, such conformist cheerleading invites comparison to China's mass campaigns of the past.
  • Labour Loss In Scotland A Blow To Brown
    Britain's ruling Labour Party has lost a parliamentary seat in Glasgow East, a traditional Labour stronghold in Scotland. The defeat has fueled talk that Prime Minister Gordon Brown could be ousted.
  • Rhetoric Aside, Afghan Ramp-Up Will Take Time
    Pressure to send more troops into Afghanistan presents military planners with a logistical challenge. Factor in training and recovery time — and a "surge" in Afghanistan isn't likely until the spring of 2009.
  • Angry Bloggers On Left And Right Unite Over FISA
    Democratic and Republican bloggers have joined forces to punish members of Congress who voted for a revised government surveillance bill backed by the White House. One independent online group raised roughly $350,000 to spend on anti-FISA TV and radio ads.
  • Honda Profits Defy Auto Industry's Struggle
    The automaker Honda has reported an 8-percent increase in profits, overcoming higher material costs and a stronger yen. North American plants are still operating near full capacity. The company has scaled back SUV and truck production and emphasized fuel-efficient Civics and Accords.
  • Approval For XM-Sirius Merger Seen As Imminent
    A much-debated merger deal between the nation's only two satellite radio companies — XM and Sirius — is on the verge of completion.
  • How's The Economy Doing?
    Wall Street saw a bit of a rally in bank stocks this week, but then a dismal report on the housing market sent stock prices down again. How is the economy doing? David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, offers his insights.

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