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Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison

Human rights groups and Western governments have criticized the bill since it was first introduced in 2009. Uganda's president must still sign the measure, which has widespread support.
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Rebel Leader: Nuns Were Led To Safety, Not Seized, In Syria

Confusion has surrounded the departure of a group of Greek Orthodox nuns from a convent north of Damascus earlier this month. Syrian officials say radical Islamist rebels kidnapped the nuns at gunpoint. But a rebel leader who was there says the nuns' convent was under fire from government forces.
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Sen. Baucus Tapped To Be Ambassador To China

If confirmed, the Montana Democrat would succeed Ambassador Gary Locke. Baucus had already announced he would not seek re-election next year. An early departure gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a fellow Democrat, the chance to appoint another member of their party to serve out the term.
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Diaspora Sounds Alarm As Dominicans Face Statelessness

A court ruling in the Dominican Republic retroactively revokes citizenship for thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the country. The issue has been building for years, and the responses that have appeared in op-ed pieces across the U.S. tell a complicated history — and offer some dire warnings of what could be ahead.
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Well, Morgan Freeman Did Play Nelson Mandela In A Movie

Among the many memorials in India that honor the former South African leader is a billboard that mistakenly features a photo of the actor. It's not the first time that Freeman's been inadvertently mixed up in a misidentification.
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Cuba Loosens Restrictions On Buying New Cars

Automotive News reports the state altered regulations, first in 2011, and now a second time, making it simpler for Cubans to buy or sell new cars. Cubans, too, now have the freedom to ask: "What do I have to do to get you in this new car today?"
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Conflict In Southern Sudan Grows Worse

On Thursday, President Obama warned the country is "on the precipice." Forces opposed to the nation's president have taken control of a major town, and killed at least three U.N. peacekeepers in the process.
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Russian Amnesty Decision Made Before Start Of Winter Olympics

Two members of the Russian activist band Pussy Riot and billionaire Mikhail Khordorkovsky are expected to be released from prison by Russian President Vladimir Putin. David Greene talks to reporter Masha Gessen about whether this move signals a liberalizing trend, or is simply a calculation ahead of the 2014 Olympics.
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Report: West Can Use Science To Forge Ties With Iran

The National Iranian American Council is out with a report that examines what the West can do to cultivate the resurgence of moderate forces in Iran. Steve Inskeep talks to President Trita Parsi about the council's conclusions and recommendations.
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U.N. Ambassador Laments Misery In Central African Republic

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was sent to try to stem the growing violence that has gripped the country since Muslim rebels toppled the government in March. Christians and Muslims, who once peacefully co-existed there, are now living in a nation on the brink of genocide.

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