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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
While President Obama's team believes Republicans will be blamed as the effects of cuts emerge, Mr. Obama risks the possibility that Americans will shrug at the slow-rolling reductions.
By ROD NORDLAND
One of the attacks was a mass poisoning in Ghazni Province that killed 17 people and was carried out by men described as Taliban infiltrators.
By DANIEL J. WAKIN
Tens of thousands of believers gathered in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI a day before his resignation takes formal effect.
By JIM YARDLEY
The consequences of the budget plans are especially high because India, once a darling of global investors and an anointed power-in-waiting, is struggling to regain its lost luster.
By STEVEN ERLANGER
The talks ended with an agreement to convene technical experts in Istanbul in March and return to Almaty for full negotiations in April, a senior Western diplomat said.
By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
The shooting, the second such incident in Switzerland this year, could revive the nation's debate over gun control.