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Indian And Chinese Leaders Sign Border Agreement At Summit

NPR's correspondents in Shanghai and New Delhi, Frank Langfitt and Julie McCarthy, talk with Steve Inskeep about a recent summit between Indian and Chinese leaders. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed an agreement on border cooperation, but had little else of significance to show at the end of their meeting.
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Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat

In the battle against the bulge, lawmakers in Mexico are taking aim at consumers' pocketbooks. They're proposing a series of new taxes on high-calorie food and sodas. Health advocates say the higher prices will get Mexicans to change bad habits, but the beverage industry and small businesses are fighting back.
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A Toddler Remains HIV-Free, Raising Hope For Babies Worldwide

The news that a baby born HIV-positive in Mississippi stayed HIV-free even though her mother stopped giving her anti-retroviral drugs sparked skepticism earlier this year. But a new report says that the girl is still virus-free at age 3. This could jumpstart a global study on super-early treatment of HIV-positive newborns.
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Drones On Agenda In Pakistan PM-Obama White House Meeting

President Obama held talks at the White House Wednesday with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. U.S. drone strikes on militants along the Pakistani-Afghan border were on the agenda.
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German 'Bishop Of Bling' Booted From Office Over Lavish Spending

The Vatican announced it's removing a German bishop from office during a church investigation into his alleged lavish spending and perjury charges. The bishop met with the pope last Sunday. The accusations against the bishop, whose diocese is near Frankfurt, have shaken the German Catholic community, with many members calling for a thorough investigation into how the Church spends their money.
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Partisan Squabbles Raise Questions Over U.S. Global Influence

The government shutdown didn't help the U.S. on the world stage. But when it comes to political dysfunction, the U.S. is far from alone.
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Spain Inches Into Recovery But Spaniards Don't Feel It

Europe's fourth-largest economy is out of the red. The Bank of Spain says the Spanish economy grew 0.1 percent in the third quarter of this year, marking an end to the longest economic slump in Spain's democratic history. Spain's recovery is critical to the economic health of Europe overall. It's bigger than all the bailed-out economies — Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus — combined. But unemployment in the country still tops 26 percent, and it could be a while before Spaniards feel the fruits of that recovery.
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Chinese Paper Makes Unprecedented Plea For Reporter's Release

An investigative journalist at Guangzhou's New Express was taken away by police after reporting on financial irregularities at a local firm. A front-page commentary called for authorities to free him.
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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women Lose Election, Vow To Return

The religious women challenged the gender norms just by running, but male candidates captured all the seats in the small ultra-Orthodox town.
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Iran Minister: Man Who Survived Hanging Shouldn't Be Executed

Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi says sending a drug smuggler to the gallows a second time would hurt Iran's image.

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