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Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification

First came the day trips for foreigner tourists to the shantytowns. Now, young Westerners are living in formerly no-go areas — with yoga classes and sushi restaurants following. Business is booming in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, but some residents complain they're being priced out of the market.
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Readers' Review: "Woman At Point Zero" By Nawal El Saadawi

"Woman at Point Zero" is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty end with her facing execution at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism.

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Koreas Agree To First High-Level Talks In Years

North Korea says it's willing to have a dialogue with South Korea on reopening a jointly run factory complex and hints at the possibility of discussing broader bilateral issues.
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Friday News Roundup - International

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including anti-government protests in Turkey, the capture of a key town by Syrian troops with help from Hezbollah and President Barack Obama's high-profile summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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China's President Lays Groundwork For Better U.S. Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping says he wants to build a new great power relationship with the United States at this week's summit with President Obama. What does he mean by that, and what are the implications for the U.S.?

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