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USDA has paid millions to dead farmers - audit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department paid out $32 million in soil conservation payments and crop insurance aid to dead farmers from 2008 to 2012, congressional auditors said on Monday, calling for stricter rules to prevent improper payments. Full story

SEC staff morale low, atmosphere marked by distrust: study

(Reuters) - The Securities and Exchange Commission is not the best place to work among federal agencies in Washington, according to a new study by a government watchdog. Full story

Dempsey: Reports of MIA flaws are discouraging

An emerging picture of serious flaws in the Pentagon's approach to finding and identifying U.S. missing-in-action troops is discouraging and "moving rapidly toward disgraceful," the nation's top military officer said Thursday. Full story

Chinese Nobel author trades pen for brush

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A dark figure stands alone in the centre of a bleak, shadowy landscape in one painting, while an ethereal tree-like form claims attention in another. Full story

U.S. program to build houses in Haiti falls short, report finds

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. government program to build housing in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake will only construct one-sixth of the homes intended because of poor planning, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released Tuesday. Full story

New 'Obamacare' exchanges could miss enrollment deadline - GAO

(Reuters) - New health insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states under President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare overhaul could miss an October 1 deadline for open enrollment, a government report said on Wednesday. Full story

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South Korea firm had U.S. contract while investing in Iran gas: GAO

French troops fire on suspected Islamists in Mali town of Gao

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Gunbattle rocks Gao after rebels surprise French, Malians

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  Student test can determine the course of life in China

Across China millions of teenagers-and parents-are going through the notoriously tough university entrance exam.  Known as the gao kao the two day test is thought to decide the life course of students.  Jackie Long, Channel Four Europe reports.

  GAO on 'Political Intel'

Political intelligence firms are legal, have grown quickly, with CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  Justice under Mali’s jihadists

International Editor Lindsey Hilsum hears the brutal and distressing testimony of those who lived through the rule of Al Qaeda in the Maghreb in Gao. After liberating the cities of Gao and Timbuktu, French forces have now taken control of the airport of Kidal, the last remaining northern urban stron

  'Liberty!' Malians celebrate fall of town

Thousands of residents came out to celebrate after French and Malian troops entered the town of Gao on Sunday, with a parade of motorbikes honking their horns and people weeping in disbelief. Lindsey Hilsum of the UK's Channel 4 News reports.

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Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show--the U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to speed up the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, plus a new report released by the GAO gives President Obama the go-ahead on something he promised to do long ago, and

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Mohamed Salia Sokona , head of Mali's commission for dialogue and reconciliation, greets the governor of Gao region in Gao July 11, 2013. Picture taken July 11, 2013. REUTERS/Adama Diarra (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Soldiers from the Waraba Battalion ride in military vehicles in Gao
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Soldiers from the Waraba Battalion, an EU-trained Malian army battalion, ride in military vehicles in Gao July 8, 2013. Picture taken July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Malin Palm

Soldiers from the Waraba Battalion train in firing mortars at an army base in Gao
Soldiers from the Waraba Battalion train in firing mortars at an army base in Gao

Soldiers from the Waraba Battalion, an EU-trained Malian army battalion, train in firing mortars at an army base in Gao July 8, 2013. Picture taken July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Malin Palm (MALI - Tags: MILITARY)