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Anxiety Befalls Vatican As Cardinals Gather

Cardinals from all over the world are gathering at the Vatican, as they take their first steps toward electing a new pope. They'll meet Monday for their first official meeting since Pope Benedict stepped down last week. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.
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Amid Egypt's Divisive Climate, Kerry Urges Economic Action

Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with the Egyptian president and opposition leaders to help forge a path through the country's turmoil. Kerry says it is "paramount" that leaders come together to tackle Egypt's financial woes.
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Miles From Home, Syrians Vote In Free Elections

Aleppo, Syria, is holding the first free elections for 25 city council seats and 26 provincial council seats. This election is far from perfect, but those involved say they want to set an example for other Syrian towns.
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In Kenya, Political Puppets Give Voice To Satire

One TV show is trying to break down Kenyan politicians' stature ahead of Monday's elections. It uses caricatures to prod for answers and expose corruption. "The XYZ Show has always been trying to show the politicians for who they are," one writer says.

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