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As Government Shutdown Looms, Benghazi Hearings Resume

On a day when most in Congress were obsessed with an increasingly likely government shutdown, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a marathon six-hour hearing on what one Republican called the most important issue to the folks back home: the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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Beloved Brazilian Monkey Clings To A Shrinking Forest

Brazil's Atlantic Forest, home to the golden lion tamarin, was once a massive ecosystem stretching along the Brazilian coast. But centuries of human activity have encroached upon the forest, leaving the future of this tiny, lion-maned monkey in doubt.
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Is Iran Really Trying To Thaw Relations With The U.S.?

Audie Cornish talks to Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about recent gestures by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, that hint at a more moderate opening to the West. This is in contrast to Rouhani's predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was downright combative in his relations with the U.S. Rouhani has said that Iran has no military nuclear ambitions. Maloney wrote about the thaw in a recent essay
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Outgoing Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren On Iran, Syria

Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria are both matters that figure prominently in U.S.-Israeli dealings. Robert Siegel talks about those issues with Israel's outgoing ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren.
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Dozens Feared Dead Near Acapulco As Storms Buffet Mexico

Dozens of people are missing a feared dead after flood waters loosened a hillside which smashed a village near Mexico's resort city of Acapulco. It's the latest damage from storms that have battered the region.
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Turkey's Lira Falls To Its Lowest Value In Years

Potential changes in economic policy from Washington have sent tremors throughout emerging economies. In Turkey, where growth in recent years has put Eurozone economies to shame, the signs are troubling: The Turkish lira has fallen to its lowest value in years and private sector debt is soaring. Economists say continued liquidity and foreign investment remains crucial if Turkey is to avoid a hard landing.
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Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards

Francis' comments came in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications. He said when the church does speak about issues like gays, abortion and contraception, it should do so in context. "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," he said.
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Greek PM Denounces Neo-Nazi Party After Musician's Murder

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras lashes out at the right-wing Golden Dawn party after an extremist admits to killing a prominent Greek hip-hop artist.
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Youth Interrupted: Myanmar's Underage, Illiterate Workers

Child labor is not a minor social blight in the country, it's a pillar of the economy — and it looks a lot like child labor in the U.S. circa the Industrial Revolution. As Myanmar opens to the world, its child labor practices are likely to face greater scrutiny.
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A Hospital Tells Police Where Fights Happen, And Crime Drops

People who show up wounded at a hospital often don't tell police. When a hospital in Cardiff, Wales, shared that information without naming names, the toll of violence dropped, and the city saved $11 million a year on health care and policing. Other British cities are adopting the program.

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