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Friday News Roundup - International

Activists say Syrian troops battled rebels today – less than a week before a pullback agreed upon by President Bashar al-Assad. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is running a candidate for president despite an earlier pledge not to. Myanmar's government starts talks toward political agreement with one of world's oldest rebel armies. Spain struggles to repair its damaged banking sector, fueling worries it might be forced to follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal in seeking a bailout. And President Obama and Mexican President Calderon trade warnings on gun violence. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR for analysis of the week's top national news stories. A panel of journalists joins Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

NPR

In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
NPR

Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.
NPR

Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
NPR

An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.

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