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Beneath The Surface Of U.S.-Russian Relations

President Obama canceled his scheduled trip to Russia to meet with President Putin in September. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with former Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about why and what will have to change for the relations to improve between these two countries.
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Russian Vodka (Made In Latvia) And Other 'National' Products

Levi's jeans made in Asia; Honda Civics made in America. What other iconic national products have pulled the old switcheroo?
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Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions

The U.S. secretaries of state and defense met their Russian counterparts for a day of talks in Washington on Friday. They hope to find common ground despite U.S.-Russian friction over the Edward Snowden asylum case.
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Swiss Approach To Asylum-Seekers Stirs Controversy

The Swiss town of Bremgarten will ban asylum-seekers from entering public places. The Swiss aren't alone in opposition to refugees. It's a hot-button issue in places as far afield as Australia and Jordan.
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Obama's Challenge: Answer Snowden Without Seeming To

Heading into Friday's news conference, President Obama had a delicate balancing act before him: how to acknowledge the widespread concerns about National Security Agency surveillance without legitimizing the actions of leaker Edward Snowden.
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Watermelon Babies Of China: Your Friday Moment Of Zen

What's not to love about photos of babies dressed in watermelons? Amid a record-setting summer heat wave, Chinese netizens embrace the art of the fruit baby.
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As Ramadan Winds Down, Tensions Ramp Up In Egypt

Muslims are feasting at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, usually a time of peace and fraternity. But in Egypt, tension is building after the failure of international mediation efforts between the interim government and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The Prime Minister has said he's losing patience and they plan to disperse the ongoing sit-ins. Morsi's supporters are vowing to stay in the streets, building barricades and stocking up on supplies in preparation for whatever comes next.
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July Was Iraq's Deadliest Month In Five Years

Melissa Block talks to Tim Arango, Baghdad bureau chief for The New York Times, about increasing violence in Iraq.
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Mexican Court Frees Drug Lord Convicted In Killing DEA Agent

Rafael Caro Quintero, who was in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. agent Enrique Camarena, was released because authorities said he was tried in the wrong court.
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Rome's New Mayor Wants The Monuments Pedestrian Friendly

Many cities hold arts festivals during the summer. Rome joined the party last Saturday as part of a larger effort to radically revamp traffic and make the area around the Coliseum and other monuments more welcoming for pedestrians.

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