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Tourist Tragedy In Egypt: Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire; Many Aboard Killed

The death toll is reported to be near 20. What caused the fire and crash has yet to be determined. Balloon rides over the ancient city of Luxor and nearby historic sites are popular among tourists. Those killed are said to have been from Japan, Britain, Belgium and France.
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With Election Results Split, Political Gridlock Looms In Italy

The Democratic Party came in first by a slim majority, but it can't govern alone. The big surprise was the success of the new anti-establishment, anti-austerity Five Star Movement. Newspaper headlines call the country ungovernable, and the prospect of gridlock has spooked financial markets.
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'Time Is Ripe' For U.S. To Support Syrian Opposition

As John Kerry undertakes his first foreign trip as Secretary of State, the challenges before him are great — especially the war in Syria. He holds a town hall meeting Tuesday in Berlin, which will give us a look at his style and public-diplomacy skills — areas where his predecessor Hillary Clinton excelled.
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Sex Scandals Threaten To Mar Selection Of Next Pope

Pope Benedict XVI announced a change to Vatican law Monday to allow his successor to be chosen sooner than expected. His resignation takes effect Thursday. But the papal succession may be overshadowed by sex scandals. Linda Wertheimer talks to Father Thomas Reese of Georgetown University about recent developments.
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E.U. Agriculture Ministers Address Horse Meat Scandal

Horse meat has turned up — unlabeled — in food in 14 E.U. nations. Linda Wertheimer talks to Joshua Chaffin, of the Financial Times, about the ongoing horse meat scandal in Europe. Agriculture ministers have authorized more testing of meat.

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