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Militants Escape Control of Pakistan, Officials Say

The threat of Islamic militants jeopardizes the country's security, as well as international military operations in neighboring Afghanistan.

Iraq Defense Minister Sees Need for U.S. Security Help Until 2018

The minister's comments suggested a longer U.S. commitment in Iraq than had previously been indicated.

In Obama's Pursuit of Latinos, Race Plays Role

As the Democratic presidential candidates court Hispanic voters, Barack Obama confronts a history of often uneasy and competitive relations between blacks and Latinos.

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Stephin Merritt, best known as the guiding light of the Magnetic Fields, is a man of broad tastes.

Rice Makes Unannounced Visit to Baghdad

Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice flew to Baghdad, hoping to build momentum behind reconciliation efforts.

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Europe's Appetite for Seafood Propels Illegal Trade

Europe's dinner tables are increasingly supplied by global fishing fleets, which are depleting the world's oceans.

Study Reveals Doubt on Drug for Cholesterol

A clinical trial of Zetia, a widely used cholesterol drug, has raised questions about its effectiveness and the behavior of pharmaceutical companies that conducted the study.

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Detroit Auto Show: A Power Trip With Green Detours

The auto show in Detroit is an unapologetic celebration of tire-burning, gas-guzzling, budget-busting vehicles.

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