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More Than 200 Killed In Brazilian Nightclub Blaze

At least 232 people are dead and 100 injured in the fire that broke out during a college party at Kiss, a nightclub in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state. The toll could make it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in more than a decade.
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Latest Battle In Mali Has Deep Roots

Host Rachel Martin talks with Gregory Mann, an associate professor of history at Columbia University and an expert on Mali and North-West Africa, about the origins of the fighting in northern Mali.
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The Love Song That Marked A Shift In French-German Relations

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, ending more than two centuries of hostility between Germany and France. The song "Goettingen," written by a young Jewish French singer at the time, represented a peaceful bridge between the countries. Host Rachel Martin talks to German political scientist Dieter Dettke, who studied in France in the early '60s and remembers hearing the song.
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Not-So-Clean Energy Efforts In Italy Under Investigation

The Washington Post reported this week that Italy's effort to promote solar and wind power isn't so clean. A recent sting operation by the Italian government of the renewable energy sector resulted in the arrest of a dozen mafia figures.
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U.S. Trains Mexico On Tactics Used Against Al-Qaida

The Pentagon is expanding a program to training Mexican security forces fighting drug cartels. The training incorporates some of the same strategies the U.S. military has used against al-Qaida. Rachel Martin talks with Associated Press reporter Kimberly Dozier, who first reported the story.
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Troop Deployment No Long Sparks Mass Protests In Germany

After two devastating world wars, Germans recoiled from any prospect of military intervention. But today, German troops are posted in Afghanistan and engage in combat. This week, German lawmakers are expected to extend their country's military's mission in Afghanistan for 13 more months.

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