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Venezuelan Ex-Pats In Florida Monitor Chavez's Absence

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still in Cuba recovering from cancer surgery. Nowhere in the U.S. is the political instability in Venezuela more apparent than in South Florida, home to hundreds-of-thousands of the country's expatriates. They are concerned about the instability Chavez's absence has caused in their homeland.
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Can Israel Live With A Nuclear Iran?

The stakes are high in this Intelligence Squared U.S. debate. Can Israel tolerate an Iran that possesses nuclear weapons? Some see a nuclear Iran as an existential threat that Israel could not accept. Others say that taking military action could create even bigger problems.
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Ru Freeman: "On Sal Mal Lane"

A journalist uses her experiences growing up during Sri Lanka's civil war to inform her latest novel. Ru Freeman describes how growing religious and ethnic tensions affected children from diverse backgrounds living on an ordinary lane in Colombo in the years preceding the war.

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French Twitter Lawsuit Pits Free Speech Against Hate Speech

A French judge will decide this week if Twitter must hand over the identities of users sending anti-Semitic tweets. The case, brought against Twitter by a Jewish student group, is a clash of legal cultures: U.S. free speech guarantees vs. European laws banning hate speech.
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Algerian Gas Plant Seizure May Mark New Stage In Al-Qaida Evolution

America's chief terrorism concern used to be al-Qaida's core, led by Osama bin Laden. Then the group's affiliates, like its arm in Yemen, became the most serious threat. Now, analysts say, the Algerian attack by a group that had left al-Qaida's fold may be the latest iteration in terrorist threats.
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Rape A 'Significant And Disturbing' Feature Of Syrian War

Syrian women far outnumber men in the refugee camps in neighboring Jordan. A new report by the International Rescue Committee says that gender-based violence in Syria is one of the main causes of women fleeing the country, and that reports of rape and violence against women are on the rise. In a clinic catering to Syrian refugees on the Jordanian border, a psychologist says she is shocked by some of the stories she hears of public rapes and torture.
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Algeria Attack Raises Security Alarms For Energy Firms

Islamic militants' attack on a huge gas plant in the Sahara underscores the dangers that energy companies face when they do business in politically unstable places. Such facilities can be hard to protect and fences alone don't do the job, security experts say.

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