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  • Outgoing U.S. Envoy Defends Iraq Progress
    Ambassador Christopher Hill tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that any country that has a general election with results as close as Iraq's were is bound to have some "pushing and shoving." He also says the international community now has a vested interest in Iraq's long-term success.
  • Taxpayer Won't Save With Tweaked Pentagon Budget
    The Pentagon is looking to avoid bigger spending cuts down the road by making some cuts now. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced several efforts to run the military more efficiently this week. But savings from the cuts would not reduce the defense budget overall because the money would instead be reinvested in the military.
  • Israel, U.N. Avoid Spat Over Gaza Flotilla Raid Probe
    Israel warned Monday it might withdraw from the U.N. panel on the deadly flotilla incident. But by Tuesday evening, Israeli officials confirmed they will continue to participate, but will not allow their soldiers to be interviewed by the world body.
  • In India, Stigma Of Mental Illness Hinders Treatment
    Acknowledging a mental illness and seeking treatment are taboos in India, particularly for women. Activists are seeking to raise awareness of the problem in schools and urging the government to spend more on mental health programs.
  • Worried About Recovery, Fed To Buy U.S. Debt
    The Federal Reserve will buy U.S. Treasury securities as part of an effort to keep money flowing into the financial system. The strategy was unveiled days after another disappointing jobs report raised new doubts about the strength of the economy.
  • Landslide Win Gives Rwanda's Kagame Another Term
    As a military leader, Paul Kagame helped bring an end to the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. He's been president of a country that is now considered one of the more prosperous on the African continent. And this week, he won a landslide re-election that gives him another seven-year term. He talks to Renee Montagne about the challenges his country faces.
  • Rains Punish China's Geologically Vulnerable Areas
    Hopes are fading that more survivors will be found from flooding and landslides in northwestern China. Hundreds of people have been killed and more than 1,000 are missing. The natural disaster underlines the environmental cost China's paid for its speedy economic growth.
  • Initial U.S. Probe Finds No New Toyota Safety Issues
    A government investigation into runaway Toyotas has not found evidence that the cars' electronic system was at fault. Toyota recalled more than 9 million cars earlier this year after complaints about sudden acceleration. Investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did find problems with the vehicles' floor mats and sticky accelerators.
  • Plan To Cut Role Of Credit-Rating Agencies Advances
    The financial overhaul law enacted last month calls for reducing the influence of the private agencies, which gave high marks to the risky securities that helped cause the housing bust. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has taken the first step toward that goal, voting to get public comment on better ways to assess the risks banks are taking.
  • Judge May Hold Investors Responsible For Blight
    A local judge says out-of-state investors violated housing codes for houses they own in Cleveland, and that they should pay restitution. A hearing Thursday will determine whether neighbors suffered economic loss because of a house owned by Fannie Mae.

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