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Faltering Economy Threatens Pakistan's Stability

Adding to recent political unrest in Pakistan, poverty is rife and unemployment is growing as the population skyrockets. Analysts worry about the growing frustration, and that the jobless are an increasingly easy target for the Taliban.
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Despite Greek Economy, Athens Cupcake Business Thrives

The American owner of Hamptons Cupcakes has some beefs with the bureaucracy, but lots of optimism about the country in which she chose to develop her business. She recently opened her third bakery.
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Protests Erupt In Iran Over Devalued Currency

Audie Cornish talks with Thomas Erdbrink of the New York Times about protests Wednesday in Tehran over the plunging value of the rial, the country's currency.
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GOP Seizes On Shifting Accounts Of Libya Attack

When the Libyan consulate was attacked and the American ambassador killed, the immediate word from the administration was that the strike was a spontaneous reaction to a controversial film. In the immediate aftermath, Republican challenger Mitt Romney harshly criticized the Obama administration and soon found himself at the center of controversy. In the weeks since, however, the administration story has evolved and now a congressional hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week.
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Iran's Ahmadinejad Could Become Scapegoat For Sanction Woes

As U.S. and European sanctions cause unrest in Iran, the ruling clerics may want to ditch the country's flamboyant president.
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In Nigerian Gold Rush, Lead Poisons Thousands Of Children

In northern Nigeria, some miners use crude methods to extract raw gold ore — a practice fueled by rising gold prices. But the gold here is embedded in lead, and the dust kicked up by this dirty and illegal mining has killed hundreds of children and sickened thousands more. Experts say this may be the worst case of lead poisoning in recent history.
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Turkey Fires On Northern Syria In Response To Rocket Attack

The city is divided after months of fighting. In the latest attack, dozens were killed in suicide bombings that appear to be the work of rebels.
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Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

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Iran's Currency Drops Sharply In Value

Over the past week, the rial has lost 40 percent of its value, falling to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar. Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran Bureau Chief for The New York Times, about the devaluation, and what the potential collapse of the rial means for regional politics and U.S. policy.

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