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Dueling Claims In Syria After Unconfirmed Reports About Chemical Weapons

State-controlled media say rebels used the weapons in Aleppo. Opposition forces say the Assad regime is responsible. Neither the report of such weapons being used nor who might be responsible have been confirmed. The White House says it has no evidence the weapons were used.
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Installation Mass Launches Pope Francis' Papacy

At a mass in St. Peter's Square, the pope appealed to political leaders of the world to protect the environment, the poor and the marginalized. Representatives of the world's major religions were present, as well as some 132 delegations from all over the world.
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For Pope Francis, A Simple Mass And A Call To Protect The Poor

The new pope pledged to "embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."
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Interim Prime Minister Elected By Syrian Opposition

Syria's main opposition group elected a naturalized American citizen as the first prime minister of their interim government. Ghassan Hitto is expected to pick a Cabinet in the next two to four weeks.
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Ex-Weapons Inspector In Iraq Hoped 'There Would Not Be A War'

On the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, Renee Montagne talks to Hans Blix, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector, who's mission in Iraq was ended by the invasion. The invasion's aim was to rid Iraq of its stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. But it turns out there were none.
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For Middle East Peace, Israel Is 'Obligated' To Stop Building Settlements

Steve Inskeep talks to Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Palestinian observer to the United Nations, about President Obama's upcoming visit to the Middle East and hopes for the peace process. Last week on Morning Edition, we heard from Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.
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E.U. Tax Proposal On Cypriot Bank Deposits Riles Russia

There has been angry reaction in Russia and Cyprus to the E.U.'s proposal to seize nearly 10 percent of large deposits in Cypriot banks, and roughly 7 percent of smaller deposits. That would force Russian oligarchs and ordinary citizens to bear much of the cost of the bank bailout in Cyprus.
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Baghdad, A Decade Later

Ten years ago Tuesday, the aerial bombardment of Iraq began. It was the opening volley of a U.S.-led invasion that would topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. One of the questions is: Can Iraq's fragile democracy hold, as the region splits along sectarian lines?
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Catholics Embrace Pope Francis' Simple Gestures

Pope Francis is formally inaugurated in a mass in St. Peter's Square Tuesday. Leaders from all over the world are attending. In less than a week, the pope has made himself known to the Catholic world and beyond for his direct and simple words and gestures.

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