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Afghanistan, Pakistan Seek A Fatwa Against Suicide Attacks

The Afghan and Pakistani governments have agreed to convene a conference of Muslim religious leaders to issue an Islamic decree banning suicide bombings. But they have yet to agree on the details, such as which leaders should attend.
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Vive La Scandale! French Lawmakers Caught In The Act (Of Playing Scrabble)

This week, the French National Assembly has been debating a bill on same-sex marriage and gay adoption. But a small scandal erupted after several lawmakers, who support gay marriage, were spotted playing Scrabble on their iPads during the parliamentary debate.
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Thousands Of Tunisians Turn Out For Funeral Of Assassinated Opposition Leader

Tens of thousands of Tunisians gathered for the funeral of Chokri Belaid on Friday. The secular political leader was murdered by unknown assailants on Wednesday. His killing set off riots and clashes between protesters and the police in several parts of the country.
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Show Me The Money In Your Lunar New Year Envelope

Envelopes filled with money are traditionally given to children for the Lunar New Year in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian immigrant families. The married adults who usually give them out face a perennial question: How much money should I give?
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Iran's President Draws Long-Simmering Feud Out Into The Open

With Iranian presidential voting just over four months away, it's clear that top politicians are not heeding the supreme leader's call to maintain decorum. Recent days have seen a long-simmering feud between the Parliament speaker and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad erupt into the open with secret videos alleging corruption by the speaker's powerful family and the brief arrest of a key Ahmadinajad ally. Analysts wonder, if the gloves are coming off this early in the campaign, what the coming weeks will bring.
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In Tunisia, Some Fear Violence Could Replace Political Process

Robert Siegel talks to Shadi Hamid, director of research for the Brookings Doha Center, about the latest events in Tunisia.
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Rigging Scandal Doesn't Faze Many European Soccer Fans

A European police agency this week made what should have been a startling announcement: Hundreds of professional soccer matches around the world may have been rigged by gamblers in recent years. But the news was greeted inside the sport less as a shock than confirmation of a rampant problem. Robert Siegel speaks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the investigation.

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