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Death Toll Near 100, And Likely To Rise, From Storms In Mexico

Twin disasters — hurricanes that this week struck both sides of the nation — have been devastating. An additional 68 people in one village are missing and presumed dead after their homes were buried in a landslide.
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Putin Defends Italy's Former Prime Minister Berlusconi

Former Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi was convicted of paying for sex with a minor. On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Berlusconi was a victim of discrimination. He said Berlusconi was put on trial for living with women, and that prosecutors "wouldn't touch him if he were gay."
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Iran's New Leader Calls For 'Constructive Dialogue'

Ahead of next week's opening of the U.N.'s general assembly, where he and other leaders will address the world, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is continuing what some have called a charm offensive.
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Iran's New President Mounts A Charm Offensive

Hassan Rouhani ran on a promise of getting his country out from under the weight of sanctions, embargoes and other financial weapons from the West that have crippled that country's economy. Since taking office, he has been striking a more conciliatory note than his predecessor, especially toward the U.S. For more, Renee Montagne talks with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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Sudan Leader's Visa Request Puts U.S. In Diplomatic Bind

The president of Sudan wants to travel to New York next week to attend the United Nations General Assembly. But the U.S. doesn't want to grant that visa because he is accused of genocide. Renee Montagne talks to Colum Lynch, a reporter for The Washington Post and Foreign Policy magazine, about why this diplomatic issue.
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Pope Calls For 'New Balance' On Hot Button Social Issues

In an interview published Thursday, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-contraception doctrine. He said the Church needs a "new balance" or it could "fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel."
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German Voters Expected To Elect Merkel To Third Term

If she wins on Sunday, it will put German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the path to becoming the longest-serving female head of government in Europe. But the prospect of another four years with Merkel doesn't appeal to many Europeans outside Germany.
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Visit Paris And Venice In The Same Afternoon (In China)

Chinese developers have been building communities that mimic European cities, believing they would be a big draw for the newly wealthy in China. But so far, the appetite for the homes has been modest.
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As Government Shutdown Looms, Benghazi Hearings Resume

On a day when most in Congress were obsessed with an increasingly likely government shutdown, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a marathon six-hour hearing on what one Republican called the most important issue to the folks back home: the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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Beloved Brazilian Monkey Clings To A Shrinking Forest

Brazil's Atlantic Forest, home to the golden lion tamarin, was once a massive ecosystem stretching along the Brazilian coast. But centuries of human activity have encroached upon the forest, leaving the future of this tiny, lion-maned monkey in doubt.

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