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  • Former Leaders Sharif, Bhutto, to Return to Pakistan
    Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has ruled since a military coup in 1999. Now the prime minister he deposed, Nawaz Sharif, is preparing to return from exile. Sharif is playing a role in a story that involves democracy, dictatorship, and the war on terror.
  • Greek Fire Victims Receive Compensation
    Forest fires sweep through Greece, killing scores of people across the country. Now the government faces criticism for its handling of the disaster. With elections less than three weeks away, the government is rushing to hand out compensation to fire victims.
  • An Education Star Takes on New Orleans Schools
    Last year, New Orleans' public schools were beset by woes: rock-bottom test scores, and a shortage of teachers and schools. Now, many are counting on Paul Vallas, the new superintendent who turned around Chicago's and Philadelphia's schools, to work his magic.
  • Home Loan Defaults Cause German Bank Collapse
    The troubles in the U.S. subprime mortgage market have spilled over to the European financial markets. That has lead to the demise of a German bank, which ran out of cash covering investment losses tied to the crisis.
  • School Report Cites Failure to Handle Mentally Ill
    A report about mass killings at Virginia Tech last spring found many problems, starting with the university's failure to handle a mentally ill student who became the shooter and killed himself. The panel made some 70 recommendations for handling mental health and law enforcement.
  • Virginia Tech Instructor: Ready to Move Forward
    The head of Virginia Tech's engineering department describes life on campus for faculty and students returning to Norris Hall, the engineering building where dozens were killed last spring in a shooting rampage by a mentally disturbed student who also killed himself.
  • New Orleans Residents Use Color to Restore Hope
    Color is among the vibrant signs of hope for those recovering from Hurricane Katrina. As the wrecked, washed-out homes of Gulf Coast residents are slowly rebuilt, bright, cheerful, colorful paint seems to be the one thing strong enough to wipe away the past.
  • Bush Administration to Stem Mortgage Fallout
    President Bush plans to announce steps to help families hit by the subprime mortgage crisis meet the rising costs of their housing loans. He says he'll ask the Federal Housing Administration to guarantee loans for delinquent borrowers.
  • 'Forbes' Ranks the World's Powerful Women
    Forbes magazine releases its annual ranking of the 100 most powerful women. The chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, is at the top, and Condoleezza Rice is No. 4. But more than half the women on the list are business leaders, not government leaders.
  • Murphy Oil Thrives Despite Rural Roots
    Big oil companies tend to like big cities. ConocoPhillips is headquartered in Houston. BP: London. Chevron: San Francisco's Bay Area. But Murphy Oil, which runs about 1,000 gas stations outside Wal-Mart stores, is based far off the beaten path, in rural Arkansas.

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