Several hundred refugees began returning home to Pakistan's Swat Valley on Monday, part of a government repatriation program to resettle an estimated 2 million people who were displaced from their homes last spring because of fighting.

Thousands of U.S. Marines marked the start of a new offensive in Afghanistan Thursday, pouring from into Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan to clear insurgents from the area ahead of the nation's Aug. 20 presidential election.

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