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  • Britons Divided On Afghan War Participation
    President Obama is reconsidering U.S. strategy in the Afghan War. NATO allies have a major role in this fight and Washington has been asking them to contribute more. In Britain, public opinion on the Afghan war is not as clear cut as it was in opposition to the Iraq War. There are plenty of people saying the job must be finished, while others think it's a war the allies can't win.
  • 60 Percent Want German Troops Out Of Afghanistan
    For nearly eight years, Germany's mission in Afghanistan has been unpopular and controversial. German politicians don't seem to want to talk about it much. For the last three years, polls have consistently shown that two thirds of German voters oppose having troops there. Nearly 60 percent now say they want an immediate withdrawal.
  • Italians Want Exit Strategy In Afghan War
    From the beginning of its involvement in Afghanistan, Italy's coalition government has avoided using the word "war," stressing that it's a peace-keeping operation. But that left the public ill-prepared for the deaths of six Italian soldiers in Afghanistan earlier this month. More than 55 percent of Italians now oppose the war, and the coalition government has taken contradictory positions on what to do.
  • Columnist, Speechwriter William Safire Dies at 79
    William Safire, a columnist for The New York Times and a speechwriter in the Nixon White House, died Sunday at age 79. He had pancreatic cancer and had been staying at a hospice in Rockville, Md.
  • Plutonium Shortage Could Stall Space Exploration
    NASA is running out of the radioactive material used to power missions to the outer reaches of the solar system. To avoid future delays, the White House has asked for funds to produce more of the fuel source, but it's unclear whether Congress will approve the expense.
  • China Prepares For Glitzy 60th Birthday Bash
    It's hard to imagine a bigger or more highly choreographed spectacle than last year's Olympics in Beijing. But in some ways, China is trying to outdo itself with its 60th celebration of the founding of the People's Republic. Although this time, the event is aimed at the domestic audience.
  • New Dating Seminars Target Teen Violence
    School officials are worried that too many teens are hitting and slapping the person they're dating. Across the country, schools have opened this fall with programs to help kids understand that hitting is not the way to get your point across.
  • For Older Women, A Refuge From Emotional Abuse
    The Older Battered Women's Program in Lynn, Mass., serves women who are in abusive relationships. Many have been struggling with emotional abuse for decades, and come to the program for support and counsel.
  • Mortgage Rates At Lowest Level Since Late May
    For anyone who didn't refinance when rates were super low earlier this year, now might be the chance. The Mortgage Bankers Association says last week the average rate for 30 year fixed rate loans was 4.97 percent. Mortgage applications have jumped 50 percent from where they were early this summer.
  • Site Helps Chefs Find Farmers, And Fresh Produce
    With the popularity of locally grown vegetables soaring, a new Web site hopes to make it easier for chefs to find farmers in their area — and have produce delivered to their restaurants. The idea behind FarmsReach.com is to provide one-stop shopping for fresh produce from many farms at once.

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