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New Details On The Scope Of NSA Surveillance

The National Security Agency's surveillance network can tap into about 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic. New details on how the program operates and its reach into the communications of ordinary Americans.

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Call Clouseau! 'Pink Panther' Thief Escapes From Swiss Jail

Three members of a gang that gets its name from the famous movies have now escaped custody. Oh, if only the famous French detective were around to track the down.
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In Germany, A Car Pool That Actually Involves Water

A group of men in Germany tried to beat the summer heat by converting an open-top BMW into a pool — complete with tiki decorations and still drivable. The fun dried up when they passed a motorcycle cop. They pulled over, abandoned the vehicle and jumped into a nearby river. The investigation is still ongoing, but the police did say this car pool probably didn't have a road permit.
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Insulting The French President Is No Longer Always A Crime

On Thursday, the French parliament got rid of an old law from the 1880s that made insulting the president in public an automatic criminal offense. That's good news for former President Nicolas Sarkozy. He apparently called his successor, President Francois Hollande, a "ridiculous little fat man who dyes his hair."
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Pope Draws Crowd For Ceremony On Home Continent

Hundreds of thousands of faithful gathered at Copacabana for Pope Francis' address on World Youth Day. The visit to Brazil — on his home continent — is his first trip abroad as pope.
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Assassination Sparks Turmoil In Tunisia

In Tunisia, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the assassination of an opposition leader Thursday. The turmoil is threatening the stability of the country that up till now was hailed as a bright spot as the Arab world struggles to cope with popular democracy. David Greene talks to Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution about the latest developments.
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Citing Dignity, Greek Workers Take Over Factory

The factory in northern Greece once produced glue for ceramic tiles. But when the country's economy collapsed and workers lost their jobs, they took it over to make environmentally friendly laundry products. Workers do everything from accounting to driving. Their effort is a hit with left-wing groups, but it's not showing up in workers' paychecks.
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Protests Grow As Bulgarians Call For Government's Resignation

Robert Siegel speaks with Konstantin Karajov, a reporter for the Bulgarian TV network, BTV, about ongoing political protests in Bulgaria.
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Mideast Peace Talks On Again, But Roadblocks Remain

Only a few days have passed since Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israelis and Palestinians have laid the groundwork for a resumption of peace talks and that negotiators would convene in Washington in "the next week or so." Kerry received praise from all corners for his hard work and diplomatic skills to at least get both sides back to the negotiating table. But a few cracks are already appearing in the plans, with both side laying out conditions before talks get underway.
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Pope Francis Urges Young Brazilians To Stay Hopeful

The world's first Latin American and Jesuit pope toured Rio de Janeiro's slums on Thursday, blasting the world's "culture of selfishness" and telling Brazilians not to be discouraged, even in the face of corruption by officials. His trip comes after widespread protests over inequality in Brazil.

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