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Oscar Pistorius Faces Another Court Hearing

Renee Montagne gets an update from freelance radio reporter Jean-Jacques Cornish on the pre-trial hearings for South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius. He is charged with murdering his supermodel girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
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Controversial Cleric Stirs Protests Upon Return To Pakistan

Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri returned to his home country late last year, after spending eight years in Canada. The cleric has ignited a disgruntled electorate by taking on Pakistan's government, saying it has failed to curb militancy or fix the economy. His critics call him a demagogue who's more interested in the limelight.
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Booker-Winning Author's Remarks About Kate Middleton Play Out In U.K. Media

In a speech earlier this month, author Hilary Mantel said the Duchess of Cambridge "appeared to have been designed by committee and built by craftsmen." Britain's tabloids were outraged, and even the prime minister weighed in.
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Celebrated British Writer Derides Kate Middleton As 'Shop-Window Mannequin'

One of Britain's most celebrated authors has launched a withering attack on the Duchess of Cambridge, the pregnant wife of Prince William, branding her a "shop-window mannequin" with a plastic smile whose only role in life is to breed. Prime Minister David Cameron described award-winning writer Hilary Mantel as "misguided" after she likened the former Kate Middleton to a "machine made" doll, devoid of personality.
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Civilian Casualties In Afghan War Dip For First Time In Six Years

The U.N. reports that for the first time in six years, casualties in the Afghan war have decreased. There was sharp drop in the number of dead and wounded attributed to attacks by Afghan government and Western forces.

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