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Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report

WASHINGTON - In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse. | Video

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Japan suspends work on U.S. base on Okinawa as Abe battles low ratings

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We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerry

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Jury keeps death penalty as option for Colorado movie gunman Holmes

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Obama administration faces criticism over human trafficking report

WASHINGTON - Several U.S. politicians sharply criticized the Obama administration on Monday over an annual global report on human trafficking in response to a Reuters article chronicling how senior U.S. diplomats had watered down rankings of more than a dozen strategically important countries.