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With Egypt's New Choices, The Burden Of Democracy

With former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ousted, there was space in 2012 for new political leaders to come forward. Host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's Cairo correspondent, Leila Fadel, about the transformations that took place in Egypt in the past year.
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Anger Swells As Indians Mourn For Rape Victim

As thousands of candles glow at a somber scene in a central Delhi park on Saturday, there is quiet, sober reflection in India about the tragic end of a young woman who has come to symbolize violence against all women in India.
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Virtually Anyone Can See The Dead Sea Scrolls Now

This past week, Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority posted thousands of high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls online. Now, anyone can get up-close and personal with the ancient biblical texts — rewrites and all.
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Spain Might Trade Residency For Property To Combat Housing Bust

Spain is considering a plan to give full residency to foreigners who buy property worth more than $200,000. The offer is aimed at Russians, Chinese or Americans, who are normally limited to a three-month tourist visa.
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U.S. 'Deeply Regrets' Russia's Adoption Ban

The State Department says it "deeply regrets" the passage of a law in Russia ending adoptions of Russian children by American families and restricting Russian civil society groups that work with American partners. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who signed the law Friday, described it as an "appropriate response" to U.S. legislation that imposes visa bans on Russians accused of gross human rights violations. The Russians seem to be upping the ante, however, and orphans are caught in the middle.
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Same-Sex Marriage And Adoption: Unresolved Issues In France

Opposition to a bill allowing gay couples to adopt has been unexpectedly fierce in the country, which legalized civil unions more than a decade ago. In a rare move, and to the surprise of many, even the French Catholic Church has become involved in the debate.

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