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Fighting Rages In Syrian Capital Damascus

The opposition in Syria delivered a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's regime Wednesday. A bomb attack killed the country's top security officials. Renee Montagne talks to Liz Sly of The Washington Post about the ongoing clashes.
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International Interest Rate Scandal Rumbles Forward

An influential group of bankers comes up with the critical interest rate known as the LIBOR. The world uses it as a benchmark for how much to charge consumers on mortgages and other loans. For more on how the rate is set, Renee Montagne talks to Gillian Tett of the Financial Times.
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Former Egyptian Vice President Dies In U.S.

Egypt's former spy chief Omar Suleiman was appointed vice president at the peak of the democracy uprising in January of 2011. The official Middle East News Agency said in a brief report that Suleiman died at a U.S. hospital early Thursday.
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McCain Defends Clinton Aide, Tells Bachmann And Others To Back Off

The 2008 GOP presidential nominee came to the defense of Hilary Clinton's longtime aide on the Senate floor. While Sen. John McCain didn't mention Rep. Michele Bachmann by name, he made clear he wants her to stop suggesting the aide is helping the Muslim Brotherhood.
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U.N. Delays Vote On Syria Resolution After Bombing

A deeply divided U.N. Security Council meets today to vote on an extension of the U.N. Monitoring Mission in Syria. A British draft resolution, supported by the West and most Arab states would extend the mission but would also threaten Bashar Assad's regime with sanctions and potentially military action unless it halts violence against civilians. Russia has vowed to veto such a resolution.
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Assad's Top Defense Aides Killed In Bomb Attack

Three top aides to Syrian President Bashar Assad were killed Wednesday in a bomb attack in Damascus. Robert Siegel speaks with Andrew J. Tabler, author of the book In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria, about those killed and what the attack means for both the Assad regime and the opposition. Tabler is also a senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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