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U.N. Team Looking At Attacks Assad Blamed On Rebels

As they resume their investigation into allegations about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, U.N. experts are looking into at least three incidents for which President Bashar Assad's aides have said the rebels were responsible. The inspectors are not expected to assign blame.
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Jewels Found In Alps May Be From Decades-Old Plane Crash

A small box found near Mont Blanc contained rubies, sapphires and emeralds thought to be worth more than $330,000. Authorities suspect they had been on board one of two Indian passenger planes that crashed in the area — one in 1950; one in 1966. The climber who found the treasure turned it in.
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Half Marathoner: Bad At Directions, Good At Distance Running

Meredith Fitzmaurice, 34, signed up for a half marathon in Ontario, Canada. Somewhere on the route, she took a wrong turn, landing on the full marathon course. She kept going — becoming the first woman to cross the finish line and was 10th overall. And, she qualified for the Boston Marathon.
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It's Clear Humans Are Changing World's Climate, Panel Says

A study by an international panel of scientists shows that the researchers are confident about the links between human activity, global warming and climate change.
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Kerry Vows To Keep Assessing Iran's Nuclear Intentions

Secretary of State Kerry and his counterparts from Britain, France, Russia, China and the European Union met with Iran's foreign minister at the United Nations on Thursday. They left the meeting praising Iran's new tone, but saying there is a lot of work to be done in dealing with Iran's suspect nuclear program. The talks resume in Geneva in mid-October.
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Reaching Out To The West, Iran's Leader Wins Support At Home

President Hasan Rouhani won mostly positive reviews in the U.S. this week and it appears he also got high marks in Iran, where his fellow Iranians have been feeling the squeeze of tough Western sanctions.
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Journalists In Egypt Face 'Unprecedented Pressures'

As the military-backed government in Cairo continues its offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood, there is also a widening crackdown on the media. Army officers now call the shorts at State TV, and independent journalists are under increasing pressure to toe the line.
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Shanghai To Open Free-Trade Zone To Boost China's Growth

On Sunday, Shanghai will open a free trade area that officials say will be a laboratory for overhauling the world's second-largest economy. The new zone is garnering lots of media attention in China, but details remain sketchy.
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U.N. Panel Report: Most Global Warming Is Caused By Humans

Scientists assembled by the United Nations sent out a renewed warning Friday that the planet is warming up and human beings are largely responsible. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a report that projects more warming air, melting ice and rising seas in this century.
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Rebels Frustrated Syria 'Got Away' With Chemical Weapons Use

As Syria's civil war drags on, the rebels find themselves increasingly divided. This week, about a dozen armed opposition groups broke with the U.S.-backed Syrian National Coalition, a political organization that's been the voice of the rebels in the West. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to Najib Ghadbian, the coalition's envoy to the United Nations.

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