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German Terrorism Trial Puts Racism Fears In The Spotlight

Germany's biggest terrorism trial in decades began Monday. The case centers on a 38-year-old woman who is the surviving member of a right-wing extremist group called the National Socialist Underground. The group is accused of killing 10 people, most of them of Turkish descent.
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Mariela Castro Wins Gay-Rights Advocacy Award

Over the weekend in Philadelphia, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro received an award for her gay rights advocacy. To understand the significance of Mariela Castro's honor, you have to go back to the 1960's when gay people were sent to forced labor camps.
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UPDATE: White House Doubts Syrian Rebels Used Sarin

United Nations prosecutor Carla del Ponte has told Swiss news outlets that there's evidence pointing at the opposition, not the Assad regime. The U.N. says no "conclusive findings" have been reached. The White House is skeptical about del Ponte's comments.
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Israel Has Yet To Confirm Aistrikes On Syria

Israel has been watching its northern borders with Syria and Lebanon very carefully as the civil war in Syria rages on. The weekend strikes are seen as a step-up in Israel's long-stated determination to stop weapons that threaten Israel from getting into the hands of Hezbollah.
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Thousands Of Syrians Ride Buses To Refugee Camps

Morning Edition rides along with Andrew Harper of the United Nation's Human Rights Commission to the Syrian border. Roughly 3,000 Syrians each day wait for buses to take them to refugee camps in Jordan.
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Kerry's Visit To Russia A Chance To Talk Syria, Mend Fences

Secretary of State John Kerry sets off for what he calls "a long overdue" trip to Russia on Monday, and Syria is likely to top the agenda. But U.S.-Russian relations are frosty these days. The U.S. is imposing targeted sanctions on Russian human rights violators, while Moscow is preventing American families from adopting Russian children.

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