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Riding The Beast: A Dangerous Migration

The freight train known as "The Beast" carries thousands of Central American migrants on a long and perilous journey through Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Jasmine Garsd about riding "The Beast," and a new book that documents its dangers.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Classified files show Pakistan secretly endorsed U.S. drone strikes. Saudi Arabia warns of a rift with the U.S. over Syria and Iran. And anger grows among European allies over alleged U.S. spying. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Report: Memos Unmask Pakistan's Approval Of Drone Strikes

The Washington Post says CIA documents and diplomatic memos expose one of the worst-kept secrets of recent years: That while they condemn them in public, Pakistani leaders privately endorse U.S. strikes aimed at terrorists in their country.
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Headlines From Around The World

The stories are from a cross-section of news organizations around the world. Thursday's headlines range from more fallout over the NSA's surveillance of U.S. allies to Canadian interest rates.
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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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