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In Showdown Over Debt, Neither Party Is Blinking
By JACKIE CALMES 9:18 AM ET
With House Republicans set to vote against raising the debt ceiling Tuesday, there is concern that Congress is engaging in unusually risky brinkmanship.
House Prices Fall to New Post-Bubble Low as More Rent
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An index of prices in 20 cities is down 33.1 percent from the peak in July 2006 after falling for the eighth straight month in March.
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Confirmation of John E. Bryson as secretary of commerce could hinge on a dispute over trade deals.
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President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan said that if airstrikes that kill civilians continue, “we will be forced to take unilateral action.”
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A World Health Organization panel put cellphones in the same category as dry cleaning chemicals and pesticides.
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To Much Skepticism, Syria Issues Amnesty
By KATHERINE ZOEPF 3:23 PM ET
An announcement by President Bashar al-Assad came at a time of outrage over a video of a tortured boy.
Cease-Fire in Yemen Capital Breaks Down
By NASSER ARRABYEE and J. DAVID GOODMAN 5:02 PM ET
The battle between government forces and tribesmen renewed fears that stalemate could turn into civil war.
Pakistani Journalist Threatened by ISI Found Dead
By CARLOTTA GALL 3:01 PM ET
Syed Saleem Shehzad had been abducted and received threats from Pakistan’s intelligence agency.
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