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Lebanese Tire Of Protesters Using Tires

People in Beirut are sick of political protests. Demonstrators have been blocking highways with burning tires. On Thursday, they held a protest using tires against protests using tires. Instead of burning the tires in the street, they painted the tires many colors.
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Al-Qaida-Linked Group Infiltrates Timbuktu

The ancient desert town of Timbuktu is under assault in the west African nation of Mali. Islamist forces have taken over much of northern Mali where Timbuktu is located. One group, allied with al-Qaida, has begun systematically destroying Shrines that celebrate ancient Muslim saints. Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher Corinne Dufka talks to Renee Montagne about the destruction.
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China's Economy Slows To 3-Year Low

The new figures released by the Chinese government matter to the U.S. because of the way the world economy is so interconnected. Americans import a lot from China, but have also been working to boost exports to other nations, including China.
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Egypt's Political Power Struggle Could Escalate

Egypt's transition to a civilian democracy is snarled in a tangled confusion of court rulings and military and presidential decrees. There are growing calls, including from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for dialogue to resolve the crisis.
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The European Central Bank's Guide To Influence

As heavily indebted European countries have seen their options dwindle, the ECB has flexed its muscle — and not always subtly.
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Report: Violence Against West Bank Palestinians Is Up

Israeli-Palestinian violence has been at a comparatively low level in recent years. But violence by Jewish settlers against West Bank Palestinians is up sharply, according to the report by U.N. agencies and Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups.
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U.S. Bill Targets Russians For Human Rights Abuses

Members of Russia's upper house of parliament came to Washington on an unusual lobbying trip, though they know they are probably here too late. At issue is pending U.S. legislation that would punish Russian officials involved in human rights abuses. The bill has already been passed in committees in both houses of Congress. And many lawmakers want to pass it at the same time that they lift cold war era trade restrictions with Russia.

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