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G-8 Leaders Wrap Up Summit In Nothern Ireland

The G-8 leaders reached some agreement on steps to shore up the still-weak global economy. But Russia remains an outlier in the group when it comes to addressing the bloody civil war in Syria.
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European Aviation Firms Spotlighted At Paris Air Show

The world's premier commercial and military aviation and space trade fair is underway. The Paris Air Show is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The competition between European and U.S. plane makers Airbus and Boeing is a staple of the show.
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Libyan Radio Station Promotes Democracy, One Rap At A Time

The Arab Spring countries are still in the process of remaking themselves. Consider Libya, where militia fighters continue to roam the streets, yet a new private radio station does not hesitate to criticize the armed groups.
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Nigella Lawson's Husband Cautioned By Police For Assault

Police reportedly questioned former advertising executive Charles Saatchi for five hours Monday, after pictures emerged of him with hands around the throat of his wife, TV personality Nigella Lawson.
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New Iranian President Known As The 'Diplomat Sheikh'

Melissa Block talks with Vali Nasr about Iran's president-elect, Hassan Rowhani. Nasr, the dean of the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, has closely followed Rowhani's career. In this week's Foreign Policy he calls the election outcome a "game-changer" for U.S.-Iran relations.
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Anti-Government Protests In Turkey Reach Syrian Border

The anti-government protests taking place across Turkey have not bypassed Antakya, down near the Syrian border. Nightly marches and demonstrations take place in the majority Alawite part of the city, but the protesters are a mix of minority Alawites and majority Sunni Muslims. In addition to the common complaints that Prime Minister Erdogan is growing more autocratic, some are convinced that the government's policies are pulling Turkey into the Syrian crisis and they fear more violence like the bomb attacks that killed at least 51 people in a border town last month.
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Northern Ireland A Poignant Location For G-8 Summit

Northern Ireland is host to this year's G-8 summit and is using the international attention to showcase local vistas, golf courses and how far the area has come since the days of brutal political violence. Melissa Block speaks with Peter Shirlow of Queen's University in Belfast about the changes he's seen and where Northern Ireland is today.
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G-8 Summit To Tackle Trade, Syria, Slow Economic Growth

President Obama celebrated the unlikely peace process in Northern Ireland on Monday, before attending a G-8 summit where much of the talk is about war in Syria.
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Pakistan's New Government Faces Country Awash With Conflict

Most of the death and mayhem that occurs every day in Pakistan goes unreported in the West. You have to be here, to get a sense of exactly how turbulent and unstable this country is. Nawaz Sharif has just assumed power on a promise to restore calm and order.
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The Elusive Quest For An Iranian Moderate

Iran's hard-line clerics have dominated the country for more than 30 years. The country's newly elected president, Hasan Rowhani, is widely hailed as a moderate. Will he be able to change the country's course, or is it more wishful thinking on the part of the West?

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