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Pyongyang To Cut North-South Hotline, Cancel Non-Aggression Pact

Pyongyang steps up its threats in the wake of the latest U.N. Security Council resolutions to clamp down on the North's nuclear program.
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Cardinals Expected To Set Date For Start Of Conclave

The closed-door gathering to choose a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI is likely to begin early next week.
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U.S. To Honor India Gang-Rape Victim

The 23-year-old Indian woman who died after she was gang-raped in New Delhi last December is being honored by the U.S. State Department. Secretary of State John Kerry will posthumously confer the International Women of Courage award on Friday, which is also International Women's Day.
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Displaced Syrians Find Shelter In Ancient 'Dead Cities'

The United Nations this week registered its one millionth Syrian seeking refuge outside the country. The situation is even worse for those inside Syria, who've had to flee their homes. A recent survey by Syrian and international aid workers indicates millions of people are now displaced but unable to leave.
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Venezuela To Display Chavez Body For Perpetuity

Funeral services will be held Friday for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died this week after a long battle with cancer. Dozens of presidents and dignitaries are in Caracas, including the leaders of some pariah countries that are adversaries of the United States.
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Persian Empire Treasure Begins U.S. Tour

The Cyrus Cylinder — an ancient clay piece considered the oldest declaration of human rights — is in the U.S. for the first time. The symbol of Persian tolerance arrives in Washington as formal relations between Iran and the U.S. remain strained. Renee Montagne talks to professor Ahmad Karimi of the University of Maryland about the history of this ancient cultural icon.
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US Foreign Policy Challenges Ahead

Foreign policy experts General Brent Scowcroft and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski discuss the U-S role in Syria, tensions with Iran, and the direction of U-S foreign policy.

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Plague Of Locusts Has Israelis Asking: Are They Kosher For Passover?

Some have proposed a culinary approach to the millions of locusts that made their way from Egypt to Israel this week: Eat 'em up. Plenty of world cuisines can offer inspiration, but there's a catch: Rabbis don't agree locusts are kosher.

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