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As The Car Market Moves East, An Extravaganza In Shanghai

China is the world's largest auto market. NPR's Frank Langfitt went to Shanghai's sprawling auto show this week, and compares it with the ones he used to cover in Detroit a few years back, when General Motors and Chrysler were on the ropes.
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Iraq's Sunnis Form Tribal Army, As Sectarian Violence Builds

Sectarian tensions are fueling violence and protests in Iraq, where more than 170 people have been killed since Tuesday, when government forces clashed with Sunni Muslim protesters. "Sectarianism is evil," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says on Iraqi TV, after 10 Iraqi military and militia members were killed in separate attacks Saturday.
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U.S. Citizen Faces Trial In North Korea

An American tourist held in North Korea is accused of trying to bring down the country's regime, according to the North's official news agency. The move comes as tensions grow on the Korean peninsula between the isolated North and the South's Western allies.
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Taliban Says It Will Begin Spring Offensive Sunday

The militant group says it will use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on foreigners in Afghanistan. They specifically mention insider attacks, a growing threat in recent years. Taliban attacks are up nearly 50 percent compared to this time in 2012, an independent report says.
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Bombing Suspects' Chechen Roots Weigh Heavy On Nation' Refugees

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley talks to Chechen refugees living in France, and hears how they're reacting to news of of the recent Boston marathon bombings. There are some 10,000 Chechen refugees in France and Germany, and upwards of 25,000 in Austria.
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Egyptian Activists: Our Religion Is None Of Your Business

Violence between Muslims and Christians in Egypt, which has only increased since the revolution, is prompting public debate about religious identity. To try to ease tension and de-emphasize differences, one group of Egyptians wants to remove religious labels from national ID cards.
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At Israeli Checkpoint, Tear Gas And Ice Cream A Way Of Life

At the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, violent flare-ups can be as routine as vendors selling ice cream and CDs.
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787 Dreamliner Could Mean Big Things For Africa's 'Air Wars'

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner was supposed to be a game changing new aircraft, but battery problems grounded the fleet, costing Boeing an estimated $600 million. Now the Federal Aviation Administration has approved a fix to the battery issue, and the first Dreamliner will return to the skies this weekend in Africa. Ethiopian Airlines is relaunching the "continent's first" Dreamliner in its effort to distinguish itself in the increasingly competitive, increasingly crowded African aerospace market.

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