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Biden Visits Chinese Leader As Flight Zone Dispute Simmers

A closed-door session between Vice President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping that had been scheduled for 45 minutes stretched to two hours.
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'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business

Colombia's economy has been growing, and wages have been rising. That's good for the country as a whole, but it may wind up driving away the T-shirt industry.
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Muslim-Christian Conflict Threatens Central African Republic

Since a coup last spring, the Central African Republic has spiraled towards chaos. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, and civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Host Michel Martin talks with Lewis Mudge of Human Rights Watch about the growing calls for international intervention.
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European Union Fines Banks Billions For Rigging Interest Rates

Two U.S. banks — JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup — are on the list of institutions targeted by the EU fines. At more than $2 billion, the largest fine ever issued by the European Union in such a case came after a two-year investigation into banks' collusion.
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Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Goes Missing In Mexico

Mexican authorities have issued a public alert and are conducting a wide search for the white Volkswagen truck, which had been heading to a disposal facility.
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Hezbollah Commander Dies In Attack Outside Beirut Home

Hassan al-Laqis, identified as a veteran commander with expertise in technology and intelligence, was reportedly shot in a parking lot outside his home. Hezbollah is blaming Israel for the killing, but Israeli officials denied the claim.
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Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt

Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this month, the minimum wage there will rise from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out. Our Planet Money team examines the future of the garment industry in Bangladesh.
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Political Divisions Contribute To Limited Electricity In Gaza

After weeks of living with just six hours of electricity a day, residents of the Gaza Strip hope promises of help from Israel and Qatar will materialize quickly. Even if the lights go back on, anger against the broken Palestinian leadership may be hard to extinguish.
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Iran's Nuclear Deal Faces Big Test

The recent deal between Iran and six world powers grabbed the headlines. But Iran is also working with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will be carrying out a long-delayed inspection on an Iranian nuclear reactor in the coming days.
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Brutality Against Protesters Deepens Divisions In Ukraine

Thousands of protesters in Ukraine continue to occupy Kiev's Maidan square and to prevent the government from functioning after President Victor Yanukovich refused to allow the country to strengthen trade ties with the European Union. Ukraine is under intense Russian pressure to continue aligning itself with a customs union comprising countries of the former Soviet Union.

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