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Plan For Cuban Ballet School A Dance Of Art, Politics

Dancer Carlos Acosta left Cuba and went on to become a star with London's Royal Ballet. With the help of a renowned British architect, he hopes to return to his homeland and revive a long-abandoned, landmark ballet school. But his plans are facing opposition, including from the original architect.
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Russia Talk Throws DNC And RNC Back To Cold War

Robert Siegel speaks with Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Affairs magazine, about Russia. Speakers at both the Republican and Democratic conventions brought up America's relations with the country.
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U.S. Adds Haqqani Network To Terrorism Blacklist

The U.S. has decided to add one of the main Afghan insurgent groups to its terrorism list. The decision targets the Haqqani network, which has staged many attacks on Western interests in Afghanistan from its bases in northwestern Pakistan. The State Department announcement could also affect relations with Pakistan.
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Paralympic Archer Without Arms Wins Silver Medal

Melissa Block speaks with Matt Stutzman, a U.S. athlete born without arms who won a silver medal in archery at this year's Paralympic Games in London. Holding the bow with his feet, he beat out competitors in wheelchairs who had the use of their arms.
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A Year After War Wound, Vet Wins Paralympic Gold

Navy Lt. Brad Snyder lost his sight to an explosion in Afghanistan exactly one year ago. On the anniversary Friday, he won the 400-meter freestyle at the Paralympics in London, capturing his second gold medal.
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Little Islands Are Big Trouble In The South China Sea

Tiny, uninhabited island chains that ring the South China Sea and reach even farther north are at the center of bitter, multinational battles — many dating to the end of World War II. The islands all have one thing in common: China has claimed control of them.
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Israeli Perspectives On Iran

Some in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have been speaking out about the need to act aggressively against Iran, with or without the support of the U.S. But many Israelis, including some in the military, do not share this view. Please join us to talk about the range of public opinion within Israel over how to respond to Iran's nuclear program.

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