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You're Invited: Verdi's 200th Birthday Celebration

London's Royal Opera house is holding a live-streaming event to celebrate the Italian opera master's 200th birthday. They're also asking people worldwide to record their own versions of the chorus "Va Pensiero" from the opera Nabucco. Tell Me More's staff performs their own version and asks listeners to contribute.
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Amid Pandemonium, Court In Indian Rape Case Is Closed To Public

After a chaotic scene that saw lawyers hurling insults at attorneys who offered to represent the defendants, the magistrate cleared the court. Five men and a juvenile are accused in the rape of a young woman on a bus. She later died. The crime shocked India and captured attention around the world.
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Competitive Advantage Could Force French Labor Changes

French President Francois Hollande has vowed to improve his country's competitiveness. But to better compete, France has to overhaul its labor market, and some hard-earned workers' rights and privileges could be lost.
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A Strong Voice For Brazil's Powerful Farmers

Brazil is now a world power when it comes to food production. And a leading symbol of that might is Katia Abreu, a senator, landowner and head of the country's most powerful Big Agro association. But environmentalists say limits need to be placed on the farming industry in order to protect the forests of the Amazon.
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Australia's Mining Boom Creates Demand For Sex Workers

The big money earned by workers in Australia's thriving mining industry is attracting sex workers from around the world. One lawmaker wants to restrict or ban prostitution, which is legal in Australia — but so far, there hasn't been much progress in changing the law.
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Assad's Speech In Syria Includes Familiar Rhetoric

Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared before his people Sunday and delivered his first public address since early June. He remained defiant in the face of the uprising that has raged for two years, describing the rebels as al-Qaida terrorists. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers.
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Al-Jazeera Expands Its American Purview With Current TV

The Qatar-based news agency Al-Jazeera recently took over Current TV, the cable channel founded by former Vice President Al Gore. The deal will make Al-Jazeera available in 40 million homes across the U.S. Host Rachel Martin talks with Al-Jazeera's executive producer for the Americas, Bob Wheelock, about what the acquisition means for the agency's future.

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