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Feds Say NYC Building Is A Front For Iran

The U.S. government moved this week to seize a Manhattan skyscraper said to be secretly owned by Iran. To discuss how such targeting of Iran's financial assets fits into the broader strategy of ending its nuclear program, Renee Montagne talks to former White House and Treasury Department official Juan Zarate.
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France Moves To Ban Kids Under 16 From Beauty Pageants

The bill, which the French Senate approved, is aimed at protecting girls from being sexualized. It's part of a larger measure on women's rights. The legislation still must be approved by the lower house of parliament.
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More Rain On The Way For Stranded Acapulco Tourists

Renee Montagne talks to Michael Weissenstein, of The Associated Press, about the deadly flooding and landslides caused by two tropical storms that hit Mexico this week. Some of the worst damage is around the resort town of Acapulco, where tens of thousands of tourists are stranded.
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Fed Decision Gives Indian Market Temporary Reprieve

In India Thursday, markets soared tracking a global surge in assets. The rally erupted over the surprising move by the U.S. Federal Reserve to continue its monetary stimulus that has poured cheap money into the global economy.
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Poll: Half Of Americans See Russia As 'Unfriendly' Or Worse

Gallup says more Americans see Russia as unfriendly or an enemy — as opposed to friendly or an ally — for the first time in at least 15 years. The Gallup poll also found that more than half of Americans view Russian President Vladimir Putin unfavorably.
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Good Samaritan Could Get Unclaimed Lotto Jackpot In Spain

The cashier found the winning $6.3 million ticket last year and turned it in. He could claim the jackpot if authorities don't find the person who purchased it.
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Brazil's Traffic Is A Circus, So Send In The Clowns

The northeastern city of Olinda is trying to tame its chaotic roads with "traffic clowns," who hit the streets in full costume, encouraging drivers to slow down, don a helmet or buckle their seat belts.
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A Cable Car Ride Gives Insight Into Rio's 'Pacified' Favelas

Brazil's favelas, or slums, are notoriously violent places, and in recent years, the Brazilian government has attempted to establish order through police-run "pacification" programs. A cable car ride above several favelas gives a clearer view of what's happened in the communities in recent years.
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Brazil's New Middle Class: A Better Life, Not An Easy One

Brazil has been one of the world's economic success stories over the past decade, with tens of millions rising out of poverty. Their numbers have risen sharply, but many feel their foothold in the middle class is still tenuous.
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Turkey's Detente With Kurdish Militants On Verge Of Collapse

As Turkey continues to pursue a hawkish approach to the Syrian conflict, analysts say one of Prime Minister Erdogan's biggest peace initiatives at home is foundering. Although militants from the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party, have partially withdrawn to northern Iraq, the withdrawal has stalled as the government failed to enact long-awaited reforms. With Syrian Kurds emboldened and newly empowered in northeastern Syria, ending Turkey's decades-long battle with its Kurdish minority is more crucial than ever. But with local elections looming in Turkey, observers say the peacemaking effort may have to wait.

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