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Goli Taraghi: "The Pomegranate Lady And Her Sons"

Goli Taraghi is a best-selling author in her native Iran whose work has been anthologized around the world. We speak with the author about her life and her work.

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The Future Of Aid To Afghanistan

The last American combat troops are slated to leave Afghanistan in 2014, but the U.S. reconstruction effort will continue. We explore the challenge of delivering aid in Afghanistan after the draw-down.

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World Headlines: Trains Under Bosphorous; Loans To Yakuza

An Egyptian kung fu champion is suspended for supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Also, Japanese financial regulators examined the records of three major banks. And a tunnel now connects the Asian and European parts of Istanbul.
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Police Arrest 90 After Second Night Of Violent Protests In Brazil

Since the demonstrations flared in the summer, confrontations with police have become a daily occurrence. Overnight, protesters burned buses and tractor trailers.
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'They Want To Fit In': An Uphill Struggle For Greece's Roma

The Roma have lived in Europe for centuries, and face persecution and isolation. Many are illiterate and are more likely to be unemployed, impoverished and in poor health than other Europeans. They have been in the news after a blond, blue-eyed girl was taken from a Roma couple in Greece.
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Dubai Plans Airport So Big It Will Be Its Own City

The boom city of Dubai is building the world's largest airport and recently celebrated its first commercial flight. When finished, Al Maktoum International will be able to move 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo a year. And the airport will be more than just a place for planes to land — it will be its own city.
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Syria On Course To Meet Weapons Destruction Deadlines

Syria seems to be on course to meet its deadlines to give up its chemical weapons stockpile. It has made its declaration to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and the OPCW has visited 21 of the 23 sites it needs to see. Two others are in contested areas. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says all this shows that if there's political will to do something in Syria, it is possible. He's hoping the U.N. Security Council, which backed the chemical weapons agreement, can now work together to ease the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
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NSA Spying Draws Focus To Decades-Old Intelligence Pact

Widening revelations about NSA spying now include allegations that the U.S. is collecting data on millions of citizens in countries such as Spain and France and has spied on the leaders of some 35 allies. The scandal is drawing attention to an intelligence-sharing agreement known as Five Eyes between the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Audie Cornish speaks with ambassador John Negroponte, chairman of the board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the former director of national intelligence under George W. Bush.
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'News Of The World' Phone Hacking Trial Gets Started In London

Monday was day one of The News of the World phone hacking scandal trial in London. Among others, two former editors of the now-defunct tabloid — Andy Coulson and Rebecca Brooks — have been charged with a raft of offences, including some that carry a prison sentence.
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Turkish Ceasefire With Kurish Militants Hangs By A Thread

A tenuous peace process between Kurdish fighters and Turkey's military is hanging by a thread, according to Kurdish officials. Militant Kurdistan Workers' Party commanders in northern Iraq say they're ready to resume attacks in southeastern Turkey if the government doesn't accelerate the implementation of civil and political reforms long sought by Turkish Kurds. After nearly a year of peace, the cease-fire could collapse — and would be quite hard to restore, analysts say.

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