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Accident Or Not? Palestinian Diplomat's Death Is A Mystery

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic was killed Wednesday by an explosion at his home in Prague. At first, officials said he may have triggered a bomb meant to explode only if a safe was tampered with. But other officials are disputing that account.
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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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VIDEO: Stranded Passengers Flown To Safety In Antarctic

The 52 scientists and paying passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy had been stranded by ice since Christmas Eve. They've been flown by helicopter to an Australian ship in open waters. The 22 crew members of the Akademik Shokalskiy are staying behind. It's hoped the ship will soon break free.
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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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South Sudan Peace Talks Begin, Fighting Persists

Peace talks have begun between the government and rebels in South Sudan, but there's no immediate sign of an end to the fighting. The talks are being held in neighboring Ethiopia, where observers say any progress is likely to take some time.
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Portugal's Baby Bust Is A Stark Sign Of Hard Times

The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, and an increasingly rare one in Portugal, where the birthrate has dropped 14 percent since the economic crisis began. The poorest state in Western Europe faces a demographic time bomb as its population ages, the workforce shrinks and youth are unemployed or going abroad.
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More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.
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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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Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia

A baby born today in Ethiopia is three times more likely to survive to age 5 than one born in 1990. This reduction in child mortality isn't due to expensive international aid, but rather an investment in bare-bone health clinics run by minimally trained community workers.
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Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws

Brazil is the world's third largest market for Facebook, the fifth largest for Twitter, and it has quickly become the largest market for Lulu, the controversial man-rating app for women. That has highlighted the country's race to pass legislation to keep up with a quickly changing society.

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