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Diplomacy and the Edward Snowden Case

NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains holed up in Moscow International Airport, weighing offers of asylum from several countries. We explore the diplomatic and legal issues around the case.

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China Unveils Massive Building — With Fake Beach, Fake Sun

The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China, boasts shopping malls, luxury hotels — even a Mediterranean village. Inside, you can fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses, four Vaticans and three Pentagons.
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If Egypt's Political Crisis Looks Bad, Check Out The Economy

Egypt's new government must restore stability and security before it can tackle the bigger problems: unemployment, huge fuel and food subsidies, and an overly regulated private sector that has benefited from crony capitalism. But the challenges it faces are not uncommon in the wider Arab world.
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Why We Aren't Assuming Snowden Is On That Jet To Havana

Seeing that an Aeroflot flight from Moscow was taking a very direct route to Cuba set off speculation. But it turns out that weather is a more likely reason for the path the plane is taking than the chance that the "NSA leaker" is on board.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Egypt's military government calls for the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders. President Barack Obama considers pulling all troops from Afghanistan after 2014. And the U.S. warns China on cyber theft. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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What Should The U.S. Be Doing In Egypt?

Many Egyptians see U.S. conspiracies everywhere in their country and demand that America leave Egypt alone. In the U.S., many pundits say the Obama administration is standing on the sidelines and needs to get more involved.
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With President Morsi Out, Gulf States Open Their Checkbooks

In Egypt, many are hopeful that with the Islamist president out of power, stability will return — and so will foreign investment. Already, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are pumping billions into Egypt now that the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer in power. And miraculously, the fuel shortages and power cuts that were plaguing the nation seem to be gone.
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For Those In Aleppo, Syria, Commuting Can Be Lethal

Tired of your commute to work? Imagine if on the way to your job you had to dodge sniper fire. That's the case for many people in Syria. David Greene talks to Anthony Loyd, a correspondent for the Times of London, who just spent time in Allepo, Syria.
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Senator Express Concerns About Smithfield Foods Merger

Smithfield CEO Larry Pope tried to reassure lawmakers that the sale of his Virginia based company will not mean a transfer of jobs to China or a reduction in food safety. He appeared before lawmakers on the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.
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Quebec Braces For More Victims From Train Blast

Police in the Canadian province of Quebec say the death toll following Saturday's massive train explosion will likely rise to 50. The news is another painful blow to local residents reeling from a blast that flattened the heart of their small rural town. Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio reports.

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