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A child places posters into razor wire that read “down with dictatorship,” after a pro-democracy march in Budaiya, Bahrain, Feb. 15. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators jammed a major highway Friday as clashes broke out for a second day between security forces and protesters marking the anniversary of their uprising in the Gulf nation.

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Budget fight: not so bad? WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for two weeks of intensifying warnings about how crucial, popular government services are about to wither — including many threats that could eventually come true. President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans made no progress last week in heading off $85 billion in budget-wide cuts that automatically start taking effect March 1. Lacking a bipartisan deal to avoid them and hoping to heap blame and pressure on GOP lawmakers, the administration is offering vivid details about the cuts’ consequences: trimmed defense contracts, less secure U.S. embassies, furloughed air traffic controllers. Past administrations have seldom hesitated to spotlight how budget standoffs would

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