CBS News sheds staff in Europe, Mideast

Shifting of more resources to Afghanistan likely

NEW YORK -- CBS News has slightly trimmed its work force and reduced bureaus in Europe and the Mideast.

The one-person bureau in Bonn, Germany, has been shuttered. Small cuts were made recently in the CBS News bureaus in Moscow and Tel Aviv. It's part of the news division's review of operations amid the backdrop of the worsening economy. But it's nothing like the larger-scale cuts that have been implemented elsewhere in recent months, most recently at NBC News. Fewer than 20 people were laid off.

The cuts to the international operations also allow CBS in the new year to move resources elsewhere as news needs allow. That will likely include Afghanistan, where there has been an occasional presence, but a country that President-elect Barack Obama has said would become more important in the coming year. That also could include India and Pakistan, where the tensions following the Mumbai terrorist attack continue to heat up.
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