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Top Lender Risks Mortgage Woes for Africa

Countrywide Financial, the nation's largest mortgage lender, issued a pessimistic outlook of the housing market, helping to ignite a sell-off in the stock market.

Bush and Iraqi: Sees Talks, Limited Results

In recent months, White House officials say, President Bush has spoken more frequently with the prime minister of Iraq than with just about any other foreign leader.

2 Spitzer Aides Not Questioned Over Police Use

The roles of two of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's top staff members in the internal effort to damage Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno have drawn intense attention.

Poll Shows Africans Wary, but Hopeful
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Frequent Poll Shows Africans Wary, but Hopeful

Sixty-seven percent of Nigerians polled said an election in April, above, was conducted unfairly, but a plurality of Africans in 10 countries are optimistic about their future.

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A Portrait of Sub-Saharan Africa
A Portrait of Sub-Saharan Moods

Despite a thicket of troubles, many Africans say they are better off today than they were five years ago.

After Positive Test, Team Quits Tour de France

Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a banned blood transfusion, prompting his team to pull out of the race.

On Base, a Plea to Give Each Death Its Due

Hurt was immediate after Fort Lewis, in Washington state, decided to combine memorial services for the dead.


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A Kaleidoscope of Infused Physicality With Sheer Vision

A Kaleidoscope of Moods Infused With Sheer Physicality With Pilobolus Dance Theater, multiple aspects of the company's ready charm keep revealing themselves.

A 'Good' Festival to Develop Singapore's Artistic

A Festival to Develop Singapore's Artistic Vision The Singapore Art Show aims to highlight the diversity of visual art in Singapore.

Battle of the Beds: S.U.V.'s With Pickup Lines

Versatility is both the strength and the weakness of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac and the Chevrolet Avalanche.

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