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Africana Book Awards: There's More To Africa Than Animals

The Africana Book Awards are supposed to encourage the publication of accurate, balanced children's literature about Africa. Guest host Celeste Headleee speaks to award winners Karen Leggett Abouraya and Ifeoma Onyefulu.
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World Headlines: Iran, U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Set Road Map

Under the agreement, Iran will give IAEA inspectors access to the Arak nuclear facility. In other news, a former U.K. prime minister expresses shock at the influence held by the country's privately educated; and a U.N. court rules in favor of Thailand.
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Western Media In China: Living With The 'Anaconda'

Staffers at Bloomberg News accused editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party. But experts say accusations of self-censorship go far beyond this one case. One American academic compares China's censorial authority to a "giant anaconda" — its mere presence enough to make people limit their behavior.
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'Absolute Bedlam' In The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan

It is "worse than hell" in the areas that were leveled by the powerful storm, a survivor says. Rescue efforts are underway, but getting to the stricken areas is proving difficult.
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Russian Subway Promotion Counts Deep Knee Bends

Riders are being offered a 30-ruble, one-ride ticket if they perform 30 squats. A machine counts your deep knee bends and dispenses a ticket, if you finish 30 in two minutes. It's a promotion ahead of the winter Olympics in Russia.
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Venezuelan Government Gets Tough On Price Gouging Retailers

In a pre-Christmas offensive to lower prices, the Venezuelan government has taken over a nationwide chain of electronics and appliance stores that it accuses of price gouging. That's led to huge lines outside the stores as shoppers snap up cut-rate refrigerators and computers. As Venezuela's socialist government combats surging inflation, it's warning that more takeovers are ahead.
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Greek Shop Owners Resist Opening On Sundays

The Greek government is pushing stores to open on Sundays, just like the tourist shops around the Acropolis. But mom-and-pop shops that are participating in a pilot program to open seven Sundays a year, say they lost money last weekend — the first Sunday the program was effect.
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Iran Nuclear Talks Break, To Resume Later This Month

Negotiators from Iran and a six-nation group are scheduled to resume talks on Iran's nuclear program in 10 days. Talks ended on Saturday after an agreement was not reached on an initial proposal to ease international sanctions against Tehran in return for some restraints on its nuclear program.
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Western Media In China: Adjusting To The 'Anaconda'

Staffers at Bloomberg News accused editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party. But analysts say accusations of self-censorship go far beyond this one case. One American academic compares China's censorial authority to a "giant anaconda" — its mere presence enough to make people limit their behavior.
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Philippine Typhoon Leaves Hard-Hit Areas Suffering

Supplies are desperately low after a massive typhoon hit the Philippines. Linda Wertheimer talks to Lynette Lim of Save the Children in Manila about the catastrophic typhoon.

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