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Delay Decision on Major Cuts, Petraeus Says

Gen. David H. Petraeus has informed President Bush that troop cuts may begin in mid-December, but he has recommended deferring decisions on reducing the main body of troops in Iraq.

Americans Feel Military Is Best at Ending the War

Americans trust military commanders far more than the Bush administration or Congress to bring the war in Iraq to a successful end, according to the latest New York Times / CBS News Poll.

Drugs Banned, Many of World's Poor Suffer in Pain

Millions of people are fated to die in pain because they cannot get morphine, a drug that is cheap and perfectly legal for medical uses in most countries.

Ex-Premier Arrested Upon Return to Pakistan
Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press
Ex-Premier Arrested Upon Return to Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif, a Pakistani opposition leader and former prime minister, was arrested after flying to Islamabad today. A local news channel said he was then deported.

Prisons Purging Books on Faith From Libraries

Chaplains in federal prisons have been quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials.

Still Married, With Children, but in Russian

Despite the Kremlin's drumbeat of anti-Americanism, Russians have embraced imports of American sitcoms.

Federer Collects His 12th Grand Slam Title

Roger Federer pounced on Novak Djokovic's mistakes to capture a 7-6 (4) , 7-6 (2) , 6-4 victory at the U.S. Open.

Survey of Baghdad Neighborhoods

To study the ground-level effects of the American troop buildup, Times journalists interviewed residents, Americans on patrol and Iraqi officials.

The New Season

The annual preview of film, theater, arts, dance and music, with critics' picks.

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How to Avoid, Well, You

How do you deal with awkward situations with people you'd rather avoid?

As Hardtops Hide, Trunks Go Missing

With the Pontiac G6 and Chrysler Sebring convertibles, the retractable hardtop infiltrates the domestic four-seater.

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