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Iraq Fights To Quell Uprising By Al-Qaida-Linked Militias

Using airstrikes and ground troops, the Iraqi military is fighting to quell an armed uprising by al-Qaida-linked militias in the country's western Anbar province. David Greene talks to Will Dunlop, a reporter for the French press agency, for an update.
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Corruption Scandal Jeopardizes Turkey's Image Of Stability

A corruption investigation in Turkey has already forced three cabinet ministers to resign. Turkish media reports say the scandal reaches to the top of the government of Prime Minister Erdogan. He's denies wrongdoing, accusing his opponents and foreign governments of conspiring to bring him down.
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DOJ Expected To Defend Health Law's Contraceptive Mandate

The Justice Department will answer a challenge to a provision in the law requiring most employers that offer health insurance to include birth control at no cost. A group of Catholic nuns objects to the provision, and they won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
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Egypt Targets Journalists In Crackdown On Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt's government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that backed recently deposed president Mohammed Morsi. Last week, the government designated the brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Now, Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered a 15-day detention for several journalists on suspicion of joining the brotherhood, including two producers and a correspondent for Al-Jazeera English, who are accused of "tarnishing Egypt's image abroad." For more on Egypt's beleaguered press freedoms, Audie Cornish talks with Sherif Mansour of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which found Egypt to be one of the top jailers of journalists in its most recent census.
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Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land.
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The Future Of D.C.'s Relationship With The Horn Of Africa

Official Washington has strategic relationships in East Africa -- relationships built on economic and security interests. We explore how these personal and political relationships are evolving and how they shape the face of the Washington.

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Saudi Arabia To Give Military Aid To Lebanon

Lebanon has announced Saudi Arabia will give it $3 billion to buy weapons. To explain the significance of this gift, Renee Montagne talks to Aram Nerguizian, a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Health Worsens

The 85-year-old Sharon has been in a coma since 2006, when a massive stroke incapacitated him.
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New York City's First New Mayor In 12 Years Is Sworn In

New York City's first new mayor in a dozen years was sworn in by former president Bill Clinton Wednesday. Bill de Blasio's term running the largest city in the U.S. will be markedly different than that of outgoing billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg — if he follows through on campaign promises. De Blasio's populist platform offered remedies for the city's growing economic inequality, but he'll need approval from state legislators in Albany if he's to implement some of the policies.
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Wilmington, Del., Struggles With Outsized Murder Rate

The city of Wilmington, Del., is not large, about 71,000 residents. But its escalating gun violence problem compares to that of many larger cities. The effects on the community, in particular its youngest residents has city officials calling it a pandemic and they are seeking federal help.

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