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Morocco Warns Of Growing Terrorist Threat In Mali

The U.N. Security Council is expected to take action soon to approve an African military intervention force for Mali. Morocco is nervous about the al-Qaida affiliate based in Northern Mali, a group that is now training and supporting extremists across the continent. That's a fear the head of U.S. Africa Command is also raising. But both he and officials in Morocco say there needs to be a two-tracked approach — a military intervention to root out al-Qaida and a big diplomatic push to reunite Mali. A coup led to a power vacuum with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb now controlling the north.
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At Least 13 Syrian Children Killed In Mortar Attack

There was fierce fighting around the Damascus airport in Syria on Tuesday, as well as more reported defections from the regime of President Bashar Assad. Kelly McEvers talks to Audie Cornish.
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Qatari Poet Sentenced To Life In Prison For Writing

Commentator Andrei Codrescu slams the Emir of Qatar for sentencing a poet to life imprisonment for a poem that triumphs the Arab Spring and criticizes Qatar.
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From Humors To Self-Control: The Evolution Of A Well-Balanced Diet

Europeans and American colonists believed one's personality, temperament and physical health depended on balancing "humors" of hot, cold, moist and dry with foods. Of course, that worked for the wealthy, who could afford a variety of foods, and it kept them in power.
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Remembering Kim Jong Il ... And His Parka

As the first anniversary of Kim's death approaches, North Korea's official news agency has produced a somber tribute to his favorite parka.
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New allegations over Mayor Gray's campaign donations, the "fiscal cliff" standoff, Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, the escalating situation in Egypt...let us know what's on your mind. It's Your Turn.

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Europeans Summon Israeli Diplomats On Settlement Plan

Israel's ambassadors to Britain, France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden were summoned to hear criticism of the plan. The criticism in the U.S. was more muted.
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In Damascus, Bracing For The Worst

There is a growing sense that the rebels will soon launch a major assault on the Syrian capital. Many extended families are already crammed into small apartments in areas that have been relatively safe so far.

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