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Russia Says It Hasn't Received Snowden Asylum Request

The former CIA contractor who leaked top-secret information about U.S. electronic surveillance programs says eventually he wants to find refuge in Latin America.
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A Troublemaker Emerges In Zimbabwe Elections

An anonymous Facebook poster calling himself "Baba Jukwa" is causing a stir in pre-election Zimbabwe. Baba Jukwa purports to a member of President Robert Mugabe's ruling political party, but exposes details of corruption by party officials. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Zimbabwean senior researcher for Human Rights Watch Dewa Mavhinga.
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Train Derails In Suburban Paris, Killing Six

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a train crash in France on Friday that left six people dead and many more injured. Two cars of the inter-city train appear to have derailed just outside a station about 12 miles southwest of Paris.
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Ramadan Takes Political Tinge In Egypt

As Egyptians broke their fast at sundown Friday, rival groups staged separate demonstrations in public squares. Supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are vowing to remain in the streets until their leader is re-instated.
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Counting The Money: Saudi Influence In Egypt

Saudi Arabia gave $5 billion in aid to Egypt this week. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Robert Powell, a Saudi Arabia specialist at the Economist Intelligence Unit, about what the gift signifies in terms of Saudi's influence there.
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Painful Recovery Begins In Lac-Megantic

One week after a runaway train derailed and blew up in a small Quebec town, investigators are still searching for the missing. Twenty-eight are confirmed dead. The company that operates the railroad blames the employee who parked the train for the tragedy in Lac-Megantic.
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Royal Baby Speculation Rages

Whether it's a boy or a girl, Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby, due to be born Saturday, will become third living heir to the British throne. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Daily Mail columnist Robert Hardman about the royal baby.
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In Iraq, One Scammer Took Advantage Of The IED Epidemic

Fraud on the front lines of Iraq made millions for con artists who sold devices they claimed would detect hidden bombs, but which were junk. A new article profiles the man behind the scam. Robert Siegel speaks with Adam Higginbotham, author of the Bloomberg Businessweek article "The $38 Million Bomb-Detection Golf Ball Finders."
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Royal Baby Craze Reaches New Heights In U.K.

What's all the Royal baby fuss about in England? We talk to indifferent and cynical Brits about the hubbub and take a look at the goings-on surrounding the maternity.
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Egypt's Polarization Descends Into Personal Relationships

Ahmed Assem has become the poster child of what Muslim Brotherhood leader's are calling a massacre — last Monday's assault by security forces on angry Islamist protesters. Assem was a photographer who filmed his own death. An army sniper shot him down. The killing has torn Assem's family apart. His brother is a police officer who blames the Brotherhood for the violence, but the family, like Egypt itself, is now deeply divided and unsure what is to come.

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