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Syrian Rebels Aren't Able To Fill Government's Role As They Take Cities

Audie Cornish talks to Elizabeth O'Bagy from the Institute for the Study of War about her recent visit to rebel groups in Syria and the political and military landscape of the opposition in Syria.
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Pope Francis' Namesake Was Patron Saint Of Animals, Ecology

Saint Francis of Assisi is the namesake of the new pope, Francis. To learn about the life of Saint Francis and his legacy in the Catholic Church, Melissa Block talks with with Father Jeremy Harrington. He's guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.
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As Global Chains Move In, The Champs Elysees Gets A New Look

Some Parisians worry that an avenue once considered the most beautiful in the world is starting to take on the character of an American shopping strip.
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Courts Become A Battleground For Secularists, Islamists In Syria

Islamist brigades are competing with pro-democracy civilians to shape Syria's future. In many areas in rebel-held northern Syria, Islamists have set up religious courts that deliver rulings under Shariah, or Islamic law.
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After Weeks Of Wrangling, An Israeli Government Takes Shape

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has finally put together a coalition that appears focused on domestic issues rather than security questions or negotiations with the Palestinians.
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Shanghai's Dead Pigs: Search For Answers Turns Up Denials

The discovery of thousands of dead pigs floating in the waters around Shanghai has turned up disturbing reports: of pig dumping and the sale of meat from diseased animals among pig farmers. In the village where some of the pigs came from, we found serial denials.
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Argentina Reacts To Pope Francis

Renee Montagne speaks with Hugh Bronstein, a Thomson Reuters correspondent in Buenos Aires, about what the election of Pope Francis means to Argentines.
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New Pope, New Ground

Following celebrations for the historic election of Argentine Pope Francis, it's time to look at the business of leading the world's 1.2 billion Catholics — bureaucracy and all. Host Michel Martin discusses the Pope's future agenda with Reverend Jose Hoyos, of the Diocese of Arlington, and religion professor Anthea Butler.

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