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Journalists In Egypt Face 'Unprecedented Pressures'

As the military-backed government in Cairo continues its offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood, there is also a widening crackdown on the media. Army officers now call the shorts at State TV, and independent journalists are under increasing pressure to toe the line.
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Shanghai To Open Free-Trade Zone To Boost China's Growth

On Sunday, Shanghai will open a free trade area that officials say will be a laboratory for overhauling the world's second-largest economy. The new zone is garnering lots of media attention in China, but details remain sketchy.
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U.N. Panel Report: Most Global Warming Is Caused By Humans

Scientists assembled by the United Nations sent out a renewed warning Friday that the planet is warming up and human beings are largely responsible. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a report that projects more warming air, melting ice and rising seas in this century.
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Rebels Frustrated Syria 'Got Away' With Chemical Weapons Use

As Syria's civil war drags on, the rebels find themselves increasingly divided. This week, about a dozen armed opposition groups broke with the U.S.-backed Syrian National Coalition, a political organization that's been the voice of the rebels in the West. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to Najib Ghadbian, the coalition's envoy to the United Nations.
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Is North America The Next World Capital Of Energy?

A perfect storm of sorts is leading some Western energy companies to step back from investments and operations in the Middle East. Companies see increased risk in the region because of the turmoil and violence following the Arab Spring. And, advances in technology have made it easier to produce oil in North America.
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Study: Effectiveness Of U.S. Drone Strikes Doubtful

The meta-analysis suggests that such attacks that kill militant leaders in Pakistan have little or no effect on the level of insurgent violence in neighboring Afghanistan.
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Kerry Meets Iranian Foreign Minister For Nuclear Talks

Another round of talks on Iran's suspect nuclear program took place Thursday, this one at the United Nations and, for the first time, at the ministerial level. Secretary of State Kerry and Iran's new Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, will be among those in attendance along with their counterparts from the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Germany. No breakthroughs are anticipated in New York but the talks are expected to reconvene a week or so later in Geneva in search of an accord.
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War Crimes Sentence Upheld Against Liberian Ex-President

Charles Taylor had been given a 50-year prison term for aiding and abetting atrocities committed by rebels during Sierra Leone's civil war. A judge at The Hague called the sentence "fair in the light of the totality of the crimes committed."
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'Dictator Hunter' Brody: 'It's A Pleasure'

Human rights activist Reed Brody has taken on a huge mission: bringing down dictators across the world. Michel Martin talks with Brody, who has been called a 'bounty hunter' for human justice.
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Gbagbo Daughter: 'My Parents Have Been Fighting For Democracy'

The Ivory Coast's government says former first lady Simone Gbagbo will not go on trial with her husband at the International Criminal Court. She'll be tried in a domestic court instead. Host Michel Martin checks in with Gbagbo's daughter, Marie Antoinette Singleton, to find out how her family has been responding to the charges.

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