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Taliban Press Attacks Against Afghan Targets

Taliban insurgents continued a sudden pattern of intense assaults, another sign that the traditional fighting season has been prolonged.


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City Room: New York Today: Property Rights and Wrongs

Friday and the weekend: a mystery in a tree, clear but cold weather, and two boys are rescued from a snowbank.








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Retailers Report Brisk Black Friday Sales

Eager to make up for what has been a year of lackluster sales, retailers are offering eye-popping discounts that could increase traffic but also eat away at thinning profit margins.


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French Lawmakers Debate Recognizing a Palestinian State

A nonbinding motion on the matter is expected to pass comfortably when it is put to a vote in the lower house of Parliament on Tuesday.


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Pope Urges Solidarity to Stop Aggressors in Syria and Iraq

Pope Francis called for an end to all forms of fundamentalism on Friday and said fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "grave persecutions" in Syria and Iraq.


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David Cameron Toughens Stance on Immigration in Britain

The prime minister said he would make Britain a less attractive place for European migrants to seek employment, and would try to exclude them for four years from social and welfare benefits.








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Australia Promises Scrutiny After Death of Cricket Star Phillip Hughes

However, officials displayed little readiness to disrupt what one administrator called the game’s “finely tuned balance between bat and ball.”








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Lens Blog: When Glamour Speaks Your Name

A new book looks at the history of how African-American women celebrated in the black press used style and substance to counter stereotypes — or invisibility — in the mainstream.


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Quiet Reigns in Ferguson, Subduing Even Holiday Shopping

Three days after an outbreak of violent unrest followed a decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Michael Brown, protesters all but vanished.








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Shoppers Line Up for Black Friday Deals

Eager to make up for what has been a year of lackluster sales, retailers are offering eye-popping discounts that could increase traffic but also eat away at thinning profit margins.








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Japan to Ask Automakers to Recall Vehicles With Faulty Takata Airbags

An order from the Transportation Ministry on driver’s-side airbags would lead to the recall of an additional 200,000 vehicles in Japan, the transportation minister said.








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With Naming Rights, ‘Perpetuity’ Doesn’t Always Mean Forever

The issue was recalled this month when Lincoln Center agreed to pay $15 million to expunge Avery Fisher’s name from Philharmonic Hall, in hopes of luring another donor.








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Stasi Art Seizure Leads to Court Case Involving New Yorkers

Between 1973 and 1989, the East German police seized more than 200,000 objects in hundreds of raids, according to experts and archives, and some are reclaiming the art.


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This Land: Restoring Lost Names, Recapturing Lost Dignity

An obscure gravedigger has come to represent the 55,000 other people buried on the grounds of old psychiatric hospitals across New York State — many of them identified only by numbers.


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Lester Bernstein, Former Newsweek Editor, Dies at 94

Mr. Bernstein, who also wrote for The New York Times and Time magazine, helped arrange America’s first televised presidential debates when he was an NBC vice president in 1960.








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Despite Aid Push, Ebola Is Raging in Sierra Leone

After calling for an ambulance more than 35 times, a family in Sierra Leone, where Ebola has hit harder than in neighboring countries, waited for three days for help to arrive.


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Eagles 33, Cowboys 10: Eagles Come Out Strong Against Cowboys and Take Division Lead

Mark Sanchez, who was 20 of 29 passing for 217 yards, led Philadelphia in a rout of N.F.C. East rival Dallas.








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In Ferguson, Officer Defused Eruptions as Crowds Grew Tense

Few law enforcers have done more on the ground to ease tensions than Jerry Lohr, a white lieutenant of the St. Louis County Police who is not above giving hugs.


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Mexican Leader, Facing Protests, Promises to Overhaul Policing

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan makes forces answerable to state and federal authorities, though observers questioned the credibility of a president who has had scandals of his own.








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