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  • U.S. Suspends Millions In Aid To Pakistan
    Washington is suspending military aid to Pakistan. The aid deferral is due to Pakistan's expulsion of U.S. military advisers and because of its perceived lack of zeal in pursuing militants. But this is only the latest in a series U.S. reprimands for Pakistan.
  • Popularity Of Drones Takes Off For Many Countries
    Roughly 50 countries are now developing and producing the unmanned aircraft for both surveillance and strikes, shifting the balance in the skies. And increasingly, they're being used to replace troops on the ground, which raises issues about the ethics and legality of striking with a high level of ease.
  • Shuttle Program's Next Trip: To The Museum
    With the space shuttle down to its final mission, items from the NASA program are destined to become exhibits in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The person curating those artifacts will be Valerie Neal, who first worked with NASA in 1980.
  • U.S. Beats Brazil In Women's World Cup Game
    The U.S. women's soccer team beat Brazil in a stunning penalty-kick shoot-out in the quarterfinals of the women's World Cup Sunday. The U.S. advances to the semifinals.
  • An Affliction Of The Cornea Gets A Closer Look
    Keratoconus, which afflicts an estimated one in 2,000 teens and young adults, causes the surface of the eye to gradually thin and bulge outward into a cone shape. The result: badly blurred vision. Now, surgeons are refining treatments like the corneal transplant and exploring newer, less-invasive ways to treat the disease.
  • Silicone Breast Implants: Safe, With Caveats
    Nearly 400,000 women receive breast implants each year, and many are picking silicone material. But in a recent report, the Food and Drug Administration warned that many women experience complications from silicone — from a hardening of the skin around the implant to ruptures, pain and infection.
  • British Paper Folds, Shell Banks On Ethanol
    The British tabloid News of the World published its last issue Sunday, but future deals for the scandal-ridden paper's parent company may be in jeopardy. And Royal Dutch Shell, according to a published report, is investing heavily in ethanol operations in Brazil in the hopes of becoming a major exporter of ethanol to the U.S.
  • Brazil's President Vows To End Poverty For Millions
    In recent years, Brazil has flexed its economic muscles and gotten the world's attention. But Brazil has also turned heads by reducing poverty for tens of millions of people. Now the country's new president is on a crusade to eliminate extreme poverty. Much of the government's efforts are centered in the country's far northeast. It is a traditionally poor area, but also a region with China-like economic growth.
  • U.S. To Allow Import Of Korean Penguin Cartoon
    South Koreans were upset by reports that the U.S. planned to ban the entry of one of their most beloved citizens: Pororo the cartoon penguin. Producers want to bring the series to the U.S., but there were some concerns that production had been outsourced to animators in North Korea. The U.S. bans imports from the Communist North. U.S. Treasury officials say the cartoon is not subject to an import ban.
  • Bipartisan Debt Talks To Resume Monday
    A deficit-cutting session at the White House ended with no apparent progress Sunday. The president and congressional leaders are trying to agree on terms for raising the debt limit.

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