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Is Iran Really Trying To Thaw Relations With The U.S.?

Audie Cornish talks to Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about recent gestures by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, that hint at a more moderate opening to the West. This is in contrast to Rouhani's predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was downright combative in his relations with the U.S. Rouhani has said that Iran has no military nuclear ambitions. Maloney wrote about the thaw in a recent essay
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Outgoing Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren On Iran, Syria

Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria are both matters that figure prominently in U.S.-Israeli dealings. Robert Siegel talks about those issues with Israel's outgoing ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren.
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Dozens Feared Dead Near Acapulco As Storms Buffet Mexico

Dozens of people are missing a feared dead after flood waters loosened a hillside which smashed a village near Mexico's resort city of Acapulco. It's the latest damage from storms that have battered the region.
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Turkey's Lira Falls To Its Lowest Value In Years

Potential changes in economic policy from Washington have sent tremors throughout emerging economies. In Turkey, where growth in recent years has put Eurozone economies to shame, the signs are troubling: The Turkish lira has fallen to its lowest value in years and private sector debt is soaring. Economists say continued liquidity and foreign investment remains crucial if Turkey is to avoid a hard landing.
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Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards

Francis' comments came in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications. He said when the church does speak about issues like gays, abortion and contraception, it should do so in context. "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," he said.
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Greek PM Denounces Neo-Nazi Party After Musician's Murder

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras lashes out at the right-wing Golden Dawn party after an extremist admits to killing a prominent Greek hip-hop artist.
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Youth Interrupted: Myanmar's Underage, Illiterate Workers

Child labor is not a minor social blight in the country, it's a pillar of the economy — and it looks a lot like child labor in the U.S. circa the Industrial Revolution. As Myanmar opens to the world, its child labor practices are likely to face greater scrutiny.
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A Hospital Tells Police Where Fights Happen, And Crime Drops

People who show up wounded at a hospital often don't tell police. When a hospital in Cardiff, Wales, shared that information without naming names, the toll of violence dropped, and the city saved $11 million a year on health care and policing. Other British cities are adopting the program.
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France Moves To Say 'Mais Non' To Honey Boo Boos

Outrage in the U.S. over a French photo spread featuring a seductively arrayed 10-year-old model helped spur proposed legislation to ban child beauty pageants in France. That's ironic considering how popular, prevalent and lucrative the American child, or "glitz," beauty pageant industry is.
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Friday News Roundup - International

James Kitfield of National Journal, Susan Glasser of Politico and Bruce Auster of NPR join guest host Steve Roberts for analysis of the week's top national news stories, including: The Obama administration's preparations for high-level meetings with Iran’s new president. Russia's objections to the U.N. report on Syria's chemical weapons. And Brazil’s president calling off her visit to the U.S.

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