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Zimbabwe Activists Won't Back Down To Mugabe

In anticipation of the next presidential elections in Zimbabwe, the government of President Robert Mugabe is cracking down on civil rights activists. Activists Magodonga Mahlangu and Jenni Williams have been arrested nearly 50 times each. They talk with host Michel Martin about why they keep pushing for reform.
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Iran Claims 'Major Achievement;' Says Monkey Was Sent Into Space

The nation's official media reports the primate was sent up about 75 miles. It reportedly survived the trip. Iran says it's aiming to launch a manned mission in five to eight years. Other nations are concerned that the program is really aimed at developing long-range missiles.
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In Egypt: Protests Continue, Opposition Balks At Talks With Morsi

A 30-day state of emergency and some curfews have not stopped protesters from returning to the streets. Meanwhile, a leading opposition group says it won't take part in President Mohammed Morsi's "national dialogue" until he agrees to some reforms.
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Brazilian Nightclub Disaster: Toxic Smoke, Barriers Blamed For Horrible Toll

More than 230 people died. Many were overcome by fumes. Others couldn't get out because the exit wasn't large enough. In the confusion, about 50 victims may have thought a bathroom door was a way out.
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French And Malian Forces Take Airport In Timbuktu; Islamists Burn Library

It's feared that thousands of ancient manuscripts may have been destroyed in the fire. The oldest is said to date to 1204. Meanwhile, French and Malian forces are securing the ancient city and searching for the Islamist extremists.
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Syrian Opposition Fears Waning Western Support

After prodding the Syrian opposition to reorganize into a more inclusive organization, the Obama administration has failed to support the group. France, Britain and other allies of the opposition are channeling their humanitarian aid for Syria through the new coalition. There is a legal impediment holding up U.S. action.
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Egypt's Morsi Declares State Of Emergency

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has declared a state of emergency after a deadly bout of violence over the weekend left at least 50 dead in three cities the Suez Canal.
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French-Led Forces Poised To Retake Timbuktu

In the West African nation of Mali, French-led forces are close to taking back the ancient city of Timbuktu from al-Qaida-linked extremists. Renee Montagne talks to Al Jazeera correspondent Jacky Rowland, who is embedded with French soldiers.

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