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Adoption Ban Puts Orphans At Center Of U.S.-Russia Dispute

Russian lawmakers are trying to bar Americans from adopting Russian children. It's meant as retaliation against unfavorable U.S. legislation, but opponents of the ban say it treats Russian children as pawns in a political game.
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What Will The History Books Say About Egypt's New Constitution?

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with Egyptian historian and activist Khaled Fahmy about a new constitution and where his country's current transition fits in the arc of Egyptian history.
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Brutal Rape In India Triggers Widespread Public Anger

An update on last weekend's rape of a student in New Delhi, an incident which provoked widespread outrage, and calls for a crackdown on sexual violence in India. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Julie McCarthy in India.
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Economic Woes Don't Stop Spain's Lottery Dreams

In these bleakest of times in Spain, with unemployment well over 25 percent, lottery fever still runs high. El Gordo is the biggest lottery of all, and ticket sales stay steady and have even increased during Spain's recession.
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A Tumultuous Year, Seen Through North Korean Eyes

The sudden death of North Korea's leader, the ascension of his little-known son and a rocket-launch failure marked a rocky year for the reclusive nation. In rare interviews, several North Koreans tell NPR that expectations of a better life have not been met. (This piece initially aired Dec. 10, 2012 on Morning Edition).
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Failure To Avert Fiscal Cliff Could Damage World's Confidence In U.S.

Business leaders are watching the fiscal cliff negotiations with keen interest. They worry that failure to reach a deal will have painful consequences for their companies and the economy. But they also know there is still time.

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