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In Warsaw, Obama Vows To Keep Rattled Allies Out Of Russian Orbit

President Obama is starting a European trip in Poland, where he will meet allied leaders from central and eastern Europe. They are worried about Russia's intentions after the recent events in Ukraine.
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Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine

In June, Russia serves as the president of the United Nations Security Council. Already, that has meant a focus on Ukraine. Russia wants the Ukrainian government to end its military crackdown on separatists. It has also called for consultations on the humanitarian situation in the country.
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In Syria, A Tense Election Day With Winner Little In Doubt

Syrians are voting in the country's presidential election, even as a civil war continues to rage around them. Sam Dagher of The Wall Street Journal is in Syria, and he discusses the disputed election.
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Former Taliban Ministers Leave Guantanamo, Trailed By Questions

A debate has arisen recently over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Did the U.S. negotiate with terrorists to win his release, or was this the kind of commonplace prisoner swap that comes in the final months of a war? The five men released in exchange for Bergdahl's safe return weren't common fighters; they were members of the Taliban government. And the arrangements of their release could offer a template for how to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
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Is Syria A Training Ground For A New Generation Of Terrorists?

According to Richard Barrett, the senior vice president of the Soufan Group, the number of foreign fighters in Syria has surpassed the number of those who have gone to Afghanistan.
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As World Cup Approaches, Brazilians Aren't Exactly Thrilled

New poll numbers from the Pew Research Center show widespread dissatisfaction in Brazil as the country prepares for the World Cup. The president gets negative marks, and few think the tournament will be positive for Brazil.
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In Competition To Host Olympics, Less Clamor Than Crickets

The Polish city of Krakow is only the latest to withdraw its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after a public referendum. So many localities have dropped out of the running that the games might just be hosted by the last contender standing. Robert Siegel talks with Olympic historian David Wallechinsky about what's behind the loss of interest.
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As Polls Close, Many Syrians Fear The Days To Come

Some Syrians fear that after the elections, President Bashar Assad's regime will get worse. They suspect that truces will evaporate, arrests will increase and more of the country will be partitioned.
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June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China

Suppressing its own people with tanks and guns 25 years ago was a pivotal act of modern China. Beijing hoped economic prosperity would make people forget. But the legacy of Tiananmen remains potent.
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In Ireland, A Macabre Discovery At Old Home For Unwed Mothers

The bodies of almost 800 children were discovered in an unmarked septic tank. The facility was run by nuns from 1925-1961.

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