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Chinese Author Wins 2012 Nobel Prize In Literature

Mo Yan was one of three writers favored to win. He is perhaps best known in the West as the author of Red Sorghum, which was made into a film. He is only the second Chinese writer to win the Nobel — the other is poet Gao Xingjian, who won in 2000.
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Vatican II: A Half-Century Later, A Mixed Legacy

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, which opened the Catholic Church's window onto the modern world. Among other things, it gave a larger role to lay people and updated the liturgy. But the changes provoked a backlash, the effects of which are being felt even today.
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Afghan Dreams: In New Film, Nation's Untold Stories

Buzkashi Boys, a coming-of-age tale about two boys, captures Kabul's bustle and bleakness. It received a standing ovation at its recent premiere in the Afghan capital. The film doesn't have a Hollywood ending. Its director, Sam French, says he wanted the story to speak to the Afghan experience.
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Minnesota Trial Offers Window On Jihadi Pipeline

Several years ago, young Somali immigrants living in the Minneapolis area were disappearing. They later resurfaced in Somalia, where they joined a terrorist group called al-Shabab. Now some are back in Minnesota and are testifying against a man accused of recruiting them.
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American Troops In Jordan Keeping An Eye On Syria

A small number of American troops are on the ground in Jordan, next door to Syria. The troops could be called on to perform critical missions in response to the fighting inside Syria. Possible missions include providing humanitarian relief and helping to secure Syria's chemical weapons.
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Irish Bill Could Prevent Thousands Of Foreclosures

Robert Siegel talks with Charlie Weston, personal finance editor at The Irish Independent in Dublin, about Ireland's "Personal Insolvency Bill." The law, likely to pass later this year, would potentially prevent a wave of foreclosures across the country by, in part, forgiving some of the money that borrowers owe to banks.

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