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The Russian Who Claims Credit For Fanning The Flames In Ukraine

Igor Girkin claims to have touched off the conflagration, and he says he's proud of what he did. The former member of the Russian security service has a knack for turning up in tumultuous places.
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India's Philanthropist-Surgeon Delivers Cardiac Care Henry Ford-Style

With an assembly line of operating theaters in India, Dr. Devi Shetty is determined to deliver affordable health care to anyone in need.
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In Spain, A Kingly Ring With A Hidden Surprise Wraps Up The Holidays

The roscón is a ring-shaped, citrus-infused brioche ubiquitous on Spanish tables on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6. It comes with an ancient pedigree and a trinket inside that will bring luck to the finder.
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Yoga, Petting Puppies, Halloween: Banned By Malaysia's Muslim Clerics

The clerics are delivering a growing number of fatwas against what they see as insidious dangers. Liberal Muslims are annoyed by what they say is moral micromanaging.
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In The World's Rape Capital, Doctors Fight Violence With Science

A new research center in the eastern Congo is giving doctors the resources to investigate the causes and impacts of rape — and to determine which interventions actually help women recover and thrive.
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Under Strain From Syrian Refugees, Lebanon Enacts Stricter Visa Policy

Already, an estimated 1.5 million Syrians have fled to Lebanon and Lebanese officials say they can't accommodate more refugees. Robert Siegel talks with Lama Fakih of Human Rights Watch.
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In Latest Sign Of Strain, Lebanon Demands That Syrians Get Visas

The more than 1 million Syrian refugees have placed a tremendous burden on Lebanon, a country of just 4 million people.
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U.S. Charges 2 Americans Over Attempted Coup In The Gambia

The men allegedly bought weapons and shipped them to The Gambia. Court papers say they planned to ambush the president's convoy, but when the plan fell through they decided to storm the State House.
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Why The Euro Fell To A 9-Year Low Against The Dollar

A combination of political instability in Greece, possible quantitative easing in the eurozone and a stronger dollar are all pushing the common European currency lower.
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China's Villages Are Dying. A New Film Asks If They Can Be Saved

Down to the Countryside follows an artist as he moves from bustling Beijing to the fading village of Bishan. He hopes to revitalize rural life as part of China's growing "back-to-the-land" movement.

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