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Crime Ring That Used Kids In Robberies Gets Jail Time In France

In France, adults who ordered children to commit more than 100 robberies have been sentenced to jail terms, after a court found members of three Croatian Roma families guilty of using the kids to carry out crimes.
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Cyclone Phailin Hits India With 120 MPH Winds; Thousands Flee

Cyclone Phailin has struck India's coast in the Bay of Bengal, where more than 500,000 people have fled vulnerable areas along the coast. Phailin could pack hurricane-force winds for hours to come.
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Red Cross Wants Video Games To Get Real On War Crimes

The organization is pushing to have war-themed games adhere to the Geneva Convention — at least to its main principles. Spokesman Bernard Barrett says the goal is to implement consequences for things like shooting civilians and torture.
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'This Chap Has Been A Colossus': Indian Cricket Star To Retire

Sachin Tendulkar made his cricket debut as at the age of 16, and he's captivated fans ever since. This week, he announced his plans to retire. Indian politician Shashi Tharoor says batsman Tendulkar is "possibly one of the greatest in the history of the entire sport worldwide."
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Oops! Azerbaijan Releases Election Results Before Voting Begins

Azerbaijan's Central Election Commission announced President Ilham Aliyev had been re-elected a full day before voting had even begun. Host Scott Simon considers elections and democracy in Azerbaijan.
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Rebuilding A Small Town After Double Disaster

Cordova, Ala., got hit not by one but two tornadoes on the same day in 2011. The twisters destroyed much of the town, and in the past two years, people living there have struggled with how best to rebuild what was a dying town.
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Kerry Wraps Up Surprise Visit To Kabul

The secretary of state met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in an effort to break the impasse in talks on a new bilateral security pact. Those negotiations will determine how many, if any, U.S. troops remain in the country after the NATO mission ends next year. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Sean Carberry about the trip.
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Powerful Cyclone Barrels Toward India's East Coast

Hundreds of thousands of people took shelter from a massive, powerful cyclone that was expected to reach land in a few hours.
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What Did The Arab Spring Cost? One Estimate Says $800 Billion

HSBC says in a new report that GDP in the seven states most affected by the Arab Spring will be 35 percent lower at the end of 2014 than if there had been no Arab Spring. But the damage to those countries is more than to their GDPs alone.
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At Global Gathering, Many Worry About U.S. Strength

At the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., many foreign economists and finance ministers are dismayed by the political battles that they say threaten U.S. economic strength and stability.

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