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  • Kerry Hopes To Defy Skeptics Of Mideast Peace Talks
    Israeli and Palestinian officials will begin formal peace talks in two weeks, with all issues on the table. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the negotiating plan after preparatory talks with Israeli and Palestinian envoys in Washington.
  • Report: Civilian Casualties Rising In Afghanistan
    The United Nations has just issued its semi-annual report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan. While the war might be winding down for U.S. and international forces, Taliban violence continues, and the death toll among Afghan civilians is on the rise.
  • Pentagon: Afghan Army Has Come A Long Way
    A new Pentagon report concludes that Afghanistan's military has improved and is more and more capable of taking the lead on missions. But the report warns that Afghanistan remains politically fragile, less than two years before most U.S. troops depart. And there's still a real risk that political instability in Afghanistan could fracture the nation's army.
  • An Inside Look At The Hacker Conferences
    Computer hackers are converging on Las Vegas this week to attend the Black Hat and DEF CON conferences.
  • Consumer Groups On The Lookout For Immigration Scams
    There's been a lot of talk about immigration reform on Capitol Hill this summer. But scam artists are not waiting for a new law to pass before luring unsuspecting immigrants with the possibility of gaining legal status. Local consumer protection agencies are trying to prevent immigrants from becoming fraud victims.
  • India Clearing The Way For New State
    India looks about to acquire a new state, with a decision by the ruling Congress party to support splitting off a number of districts from Andhra Pradesh. The new state of Telangana will be the first formed not on the basis of language or ethnicity, but after claims by many residents that the area has been neglected by central and regional politicians. Many residents believe they will fare better as an independent state, but opponents warn it could lead to widespread demands for statehood from other disaffected regions.
  • Obama Offers 'Grand Bargain' On Corporate Taxes
    On Tuesday, President Obama pitched an idea to lower corporate income tax rates, if Republicans in Congress agree to his jobs bill. It was the latest move in the ongoing match that will culminate with this autumn's budget deadlines.
  • 2016 May Seem Just Around The Corner For Political Rivals
    With a public battle between two likely Republican presidential contenders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and a private meeting between possible Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, it feels like 2016 is just around the corner. The two parties are already aligning themselves for a presidential race that's still three years away.
  • House Expected To Vote On Student Loan Deal
    On July 1, student loan rates doubled — and the issue has been a thorn in Congress' side since. On Wednesday, the House is expected to vote on a bipartisan agreement. Unlike past deals, this one would tie the student loan rate to the financial markets. That could mean higher rates down the line as the economy improves. But for now, it would mean lower rates again.
  • Oprah's TV Channel Says It's In The Black
    More than two years after it started, OWN, the cable channel that is a partnership between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, announced it is turning a profit.

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