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Millions Will Be Lost If Mexico Doesn't Go To World Cup

Mexico has one last chance to qualify for the World Cup next year in Brazil. On Wednesday, it begins the first of a two-leg playoff against New Zealand. One marketing consultant says if the Mexican team doesn't go to Brazil, it could result in losses of more than $650 million.
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Typhoon Devastates Leyte Province

For more on the damage in the Philippines, Steve Inskeep talks to Steven Rood, of The Asia Foundation, about what Leyte province was like before the storm hit. Typhoon Haiyan may have killed thousands in the province and its capital Tacloban.
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U.S. Military Mobilizes To Help Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

Linda Wertheimer talks to Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy who is managing a large aid effort from Manila. He is touring the devastated areas by air. After one assessment, he told the AP: "We saw bodies everywhere," and "I don't know how else to describe total devastation."
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WHO Calls Typhoon's Medical Challenges 'Monumental'

As horrific as Haiyan has been, the disaster likely won't reach the same level of death and injury as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 or Haiti's 2010 quake, disaster specialists say. Better communication systems in the disaster area are one reason why.
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Photos Reveal Harsh Detail Of Brazil's History With Slavery

The South American country was the last place in the Americas to abolish slavery and that period coincided with a boom in the then new medium of photography. what resulted is arguably the largest archive of photographs of slavery in the world, and that is giving new insight to academics and ordinary Brazilians on the country's brutal past.
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Tripoli Zoo Sees Different Kind Of Cage – One With Migrants

They are being held by a militia paid to deal with the flow of illegal immigrants into and through Libya. Most will be deported. Libya has long been a magnet for migrants from the region. European countries are now criticizing its policies, but Libyan authorities say they need help to secure the country's borders.
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Will Colombia's Gamble On Medical Tourism Pay Off?

Medical tourism was expected to be huge in 2013, and countries like Colombia, which has seen huge improvements in safety and tourism, decided they wanted in on the action. In recent years they've been building facilities specifically designed for medical tourists. But the numbers have not quite met projections.
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Philippine Ex-Pats In Calif. Contribute To Typhoon Relief

California is home to one of the largest Filipino immigrant communities in the United States. It's also the center of a large fundraising and outreach effort for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that has ravaged the Philippines.
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International Court Resolves Border Dispute In Cambodia's Favor

The conflict over the 2.8-mile Preah Vihear promontory has led to several skirmishes and exchanges of artillery fire between Thai and Cambodian forces in recent years.
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Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan

More than 600,000 have been left homeless and hungry by the devastating storm. In response, humanitarian agencies are mounting the largest relief operation since the Haitian earthquake in 2010. The biggest challenge right now is getting the basics — clean water and food — to the hardest hit areas.

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