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With Resignation, BBC Scandal Deepens

The director general of Britain's BBC network has resigned following a controversy over a report on child sex abuse. This is just the latest in what has been months of bad publicity for the broadcaster. NPR's Phillip Reeves reports.
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To Scrape By, The Poor In Spain Go Dumpster Diving

Spain's slumping economy has sent thousands of people, many of them immigrants, scrounging in trash bins. Some scour the garbage for food, but many others are involved in a black-market trade for recycled materials.
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Israel Fires Warning Shots Into Syria; Vows Action Against Gaza Rocket Fire

The shots — the first that Israel has fired at Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War — come just days after a Syrian mortar shell hit a target inside the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. Israel noted the Syrian firing was part of that country's civil war. Separately, Israel also said it was ready to respond to a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza.
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Recording The Untold Stories Of China's Great Famine

A famous documentary maker has inspired more than a hundred young people to take part in an oral history project to collect peasants' stories of the Great Famine in the late 1950s and early 1960s. An estimated 36 million people died during the famine, which the Chinese government blamed on natural disasters.
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Fractured Syrian Opposition Eyed Warily

Syrian opposition figures are meeting in Qatar, trying to forge a more coherent coalition to counter President Bashar Assad. Their ranks include militant jihadists as well as peaceful protesters. Host Scott Simon talks to Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about Syrian opposition and recent troubling reports that some rebels have committed war crimes.

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