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Morsi Trial May Reignite Anger, Violence In Egypt

Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was Egypt's first-ever democratically elected president. A year after he was elected, he was ousted by the military following massive protests against him. Morsi goes on trial Monday, accused of inciting violence against protesters.
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A Conquered Foe Returns To War-Torn Syria: Polio

Already at war for more almost three years, Syria is facing another scourge. At least a dozen cases of polio have been confirmed so far, and experts fear the childhood disease could quickly engulf the entire country and spread beyond its borders.
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Turkey's 'Rockin' Imam' Inspires Youth, Tests Boundaries

By day, he's in charge of a small mosque in a village in southeastern Turkey. By night, Ahmet Tuzer becomes the lead singer in the band FiRock, which mixes Sufi mysticism and psychedelic rock.
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Germans Warily Guard Their Privacy

Allegations that the NSA eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone created a diplomatic rift and revealed differences in how Americans and Europeans feel about privacy. To explore those differences, Weekend Edition host Scott Simon speaks with Gregor Peter Schmitz, correspondent with the German newsmagazine, Der Spiegel.
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Belgian Teen Shows Stunning Musical Ability

Lou Boland, who is blind and has de Morsier syndrome, has become a star in Belgium through his music and his father's films, videos, and blog centered on themes of disability. Host Scott Simon speaks with Lou, 15, and his parents.
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Mash Donalds? Iranians Copy American Fast-Food Brands

If you wander through the streets of Tehran, you might find that faux McDonald's, or maybe a Pizza Hat. The rise of the "fake franchise" caught the attention of Iranian-American Holly Dagres, a Middle East analyst and commentator, who says some of these eateries "look like the real deal."
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Pakistani Taliban Leader Believed Dead In U.S. Drone Strike

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban is reported to have been killed by a U.S. drone strike. Hakimullah Mehsud's group is believed responsible for attacks across Pakistan. He is also implicated in the attack that killed seven CIA employees at a CIA base in Afghanistan in late 2009. Mehsud has been reported to have been killed before, but sources are confident this time.
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Iraqi Foreign Minister: We Need American Help

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki will meet with President Obama Friday, and is expected to ask for more and stronger military aid. Iraq is suffering increased sectarian fighting, and a resurgent Al-Qaida presence. Robert Siegel talks with Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, about what the leadership in Baghdad is asking for, and whether they're doing enough to merit assistance.
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In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity

Seven months into his papacy, Pope Francis is shaking up the Catholic world, with outspoken interviews and cold calls to ordinary people. But some Catholic conservatives are deeply uncomfortable and worried that the Vatican has lost control of the papal message.
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How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World's Best Runners

The Kalenjin people dominate the world of long-distance running, and it seems there's no one secret. Their body structure, their training regimen and traditions that teach them to stoically withstand pain all appear to contribute to their incredible success.

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