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Encoding Geopolitics: Virus Infects Banks In Lebanon

A common cybercriminal tactic appears to have been adopted by a nation-state for classic espionage purposes. The Kaspersky Lab in Moscow says the Gauss virus is targeting several large banks in Lebanon. Though the nation-state behind the virus hasn't been identified, analysts say it may be part of a U.S. effort.
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Sunni Cleric Rises To Challenge Hezbollah In Lebanon

Little-known Sunni Sheik Ahmad Assir has gained prominence recently with his public protests against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Assir says Iran is using the militant Shiite group to expand its influence, and he is calling for the group to surrender its weapons, as the crisis in Syria — another Hezbollah backer — unfolds.
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Egypt's Christians Form Their Own Brotherhood

A former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood occupies Egypt's presidential palace, leaving many of the country's Coptic Christians deeply anxious about their future. A new group calling itself the Christian Brotherhood has emerged, vowing to stand up for the rights of Copts.
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7,500 Square Miles Of Pumice Floating In Pacific Is 'Weirdest Thing I've Seen'

The rocks, floating in the waters near New Zealand, must have been created by an underwater volcano. The floating mass is about 200 square miles larger than New Jersey.
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How A Pasta Factory Got People To Show Up For Work

And what happened when a guy called in sick so he could play soccer.
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Bankers Behaving Badly

Scandals at three big British banks have grabbed headlines recently. Some in the financial world say these aren't isolated incidents, but rather all-too-common practices.

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Bears With Taste For Beer Have Quite A Night In Norway

It looks like they broke into a cabin in Norway and helped themselves to 100 or so cans of brew. They left behind quite a mess. It's our second story about burglar bears this week.
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In Krasikov's World, Dreamers Can't Afford Dreams

Tell Me More is reading literature from countries on the rise in the global arena: the so-called BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Sana Krasikov's short story collection, One More Year, focuses on Russia. She talks with host Michel Martin about her characters and what it takes to make it in Russia.

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