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Most Americans want no part of a U.S. military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that U.S. President Barack Obama would face more political risks from a weak response to Syria's use of chemical weapons than from an attack on Bashar al-Assad's government.
 
Argentina's efforts to avoid a debt default could drag on for another year or more as it fights "holdout" bondholders to the bitter end in U.S. courts and simultaneously looks to side-step any final ruling ordering it to pay up.
 
In the face of a U.N. Security Council deadlocked on Syria, the United States and its allies could seek other means of legitimizing any retaliatory strike they launch against Syria's government for last week's alleged gas attack on civilians.
 
Until Monday night, Farid Ismail was one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders who still answered his phone, even when many of his associates had been arrested or gone underground.
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The longer chemical weapons inspectors wait in a Damascus luxury hotel for permission to drive up the road to the site of what appears to be the worst poison gas attack in a quarter century, the less likely they will be able to get to the bottom of it.
 
U.S. businesses are hiring at a robust rate. The only problem is that three out of four of the nearly 1 million hires this year are part-time and many of the jobs are low-paid.
 
Germans sleep better, Bismarck once said, when they don't know how sausages and laws are made.
 
As the army ruthlessly crushes the Muslim Brotherhood on the streets of Cairo, having swept away its elected president, Egypt is being painted as the graveyard of the Arab Spring and of Islamist hopes of shaping the region's future.
 
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is taking a new approach to defectors who have fled his impoverished and repressive state, promising they will not be harmed if they come home, and even offering cash rewards, according to some in the exile community.
 
By canceling a military exercise with Egypt but not cutting off U.S. aid, U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to show his displeasure at the Egyptian army's violent crackdown on protesters -- without totally alienating the generals.
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