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In Damascus, Anxiety, School Shopping And Soldiers Everywhere

Since President Obama threatened military action in Syria, the capital has turned into one huge military barracks. State security personnel and soldiers have abandoned their garrison compounds on the outskirts of town and moved into the city, closing off entire streets for their own use.
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'I Always Reserve The Right' To Act, Obama Says Of Syria

The president did not rule out going ahead with a military strike on the Assad regime's assets even if Congress does not agree. Obama is on the first day of a short trip to Europe. While there, he'll push for support from other world leaders.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Debate over Syria dominates the G-20 summit in Russia. Egypt’s interior minister survives a car bombing. And Brazil and Mexico demand an explanation of alleged U.S. spying. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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In Europe, Obama Will Seek Support For Syria Strike

While the president meets with world leaders in Sweden and Russia, members of Congress continue to debate his request for authorization to take military action.
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Water Dispute Heightens Tensions Between U.S., Mexico

Mexico and the United States are supposed to share water according to a 70-year-old treaty that aims to protect each nation's needs. But prolonged drought is testing that relationship. Mexico is behind by 38 percent on its deliveries.
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Obama Considers Training Options For Syrian Rebels

As Congress debates the Obama administration's plans for military action in Syria, the White House is looking at broader options. The president may call on the U.S. military to help build up the Syrian opposition.
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Congress Should Examine Fine Print When Voting On Syria

Potential U.S. military action in Syria has raised some big questions about the duty of the United States to intervene in other countries' affairs — as well as how the U.S. goes about such action. For some perspective, Steve Inskeep talks with novelist and Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter.
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How Concerns For Israel's Security Enters Into Sryria Plan

Renee Montagne talks to analyst David Makovsky of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy about the degree to which concern for Israel is shaping the Obama administration's thinking on Syria.
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French Parliament To Debate U.S.-Led Strikes In Syria

French lawmakers on Wednesday will debate how to respond to an alleged chemical attack in Syria. France made public intelligence documents suggesting the Syrian government was behind the attack. At the same time, the French newspaper, Le Figaro, published an interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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British Airways Adds Nonstop Flight To Austin

Starting in March, British Airways says it will begin nonstop service between London and Austin, Texas. The move comes as something of a surprise, given that the airline already serves Dallas and Houston.

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