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  • Will Sanctions On Iran, N. Korea Work?
    U.S. sanctions on North Korea were tightened this week, 10 days after new ones were imposed on Iran. Sanctions remain an important alternative to military action in U.S. diplomacy. But will they work?
  • In India, Few Takers For Tighter Iran Sanctions
    India is rejecting U.S. pressure to tighten sanctions against Iran. One reason is economics. Other reasons are more complex: Indian leaders feel the U.S. neglected them after India agreed to earlier sanctions against Iran.
  • N.M. House Race Pits Current Congress Vs. Previous
    Democrat Harry Teague was swept into office two years ago by a wave of Democratic enthusiasm. Now he is battling to keep the seat from falling back into the hands of the man who used to occupy it, Republican Steve Pearce.
  • Rafters Push For 'Right To Float' In Colorado
    A private landowner says he doesn't want people rafting through his property. Technically, the state constitution says the waterways are open to the public, but private landowners often own the riverbeds and banks. The issue was so contentious, the governor got involved.
  • Clinton Attends ASEAN Meeting
    After stops in Islamabad, Kabul and Seoul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winds up her weeklong diplomatic tour in Hanoi, for this year's meeting of ASEAN. On her agenda for the meeting of Asian and Pacific leaders is North Korea and Myanmar.
  • Visit By Sudan's Bashir Puts Heat On Chad
    Defying an international warrant for his arrest, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has traveled to neighboring Chad. But there's no evidence Chad will attempt to turn Bashir over to the International Criminal Court, which hopes to try Bashir on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide.
  • IMF Cancels Haiti Debt
    The International Monetary Fund says Haiti is off the hook for the $268 million it owes the international funding group. In addition to cancelling the debt, the IMF will also lend Haiti another $60 million.
  • Airlines Return To Profitability
    The industry was clobbered after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Then the global economy soured, fuel prices climbed and people stopped traveling. In response, airlines reduced flights and slashed payrolls. They began charging for food and luggage. But now, with the demand for tickets strong, the airlines are in the driver's seat.
  • Light, Fuel-Driven Car Goes For 100 Mpg X Prize
    The Very Light Car is the last remaining four-seat sedan vying for $5 million in the prestigious X Prize competition. It weighs just over 700 pounds -- far less than a typical compact car. But unlike most other entries in the competition, it's not an electric or a hybrid vehicle.
  • X Prize To Offer $3M For Gulf Cleanup Solutions
    The X Prize, which is awarded millions to high-flying or far-reaching developments like spacecraft, and ultra fuel-efficient vehicles, may devote some of its incentive money toward a more earthly dilemma. Speaking to a reporter a few weeks ago, an X Prize executive said his group will probably offer about $3 million in prize money for solutions to cleaning up shorelines and open waters that have been spoiled by the BP oil leak.

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