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Roundup: Here's What People Are Saying About Barbie's Diversity Makeover

Mattel is rethinking how the Barbie brand could represent women of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are buying it. Others, not so much.
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Gone Mot: The French Uproar Over Removing Some Circumflex Accents

Publishers in France are altering the spellings of around 2,400 words in textbooks and will drop the hat-shaped circumflex accent in some cases. That's causing outrage.
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Mapping Zika: From A Monkey In Uganda To A Growing Global Concern

The virus was first identified in 1947 in a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest. Our maps show how it spread slowly at first, then last year began a rapid invasion of the Americas.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The U.N. suspends Syrian peace talks until late this month. The U.S. plans to quadruple military spending in Europe as a signal to Russia. And American officials express concern about ISIS in Libya. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Officials Question Reports Of Zika Transmission Via Urine, Saliva

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, talks with Mary Louise Kelly about how the Zika virus may spread.
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In France, A Quiet Hero Belatedly Comes To Light

A security guard risked his life to save hundreds in November's Paris attacks. "We saw the worst things that night, the worst human beings ever. And then we saw the best," says one survivor he helped.
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Meeting Between Pope And Russian Orthodox Patriarch Will Be 'First In History'

The Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate say it's the first meeting between leaders of the two churches, which split in the 11th century.
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Julian Assange Is Being Arbitrarily Held And Should Be Freed, U.N. Group Says

The British government disputes the ruling and said it changes nothing — adding that the WikiLeaks founder will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
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Digging Deep To Build The Tallest Hotel In Iran

Ebrahim Pourfaraj started digging a giant hole in Tehran well before sanctions were lifted. He's betting Iran's economy will open up, attracting investors and visitors who've long been locked out.
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Glitches Complicate Chinese New Year Travel Plans

The world's largest annual human migration is underway in China as hundreds of millions head home to spend the Lunar New Year with their families. Trains, buses and planes are jammed with travelers.

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