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Why Does China Want A Mural In Oregon Destroyed?

This summer, a businessman in an Oregon college town commissioned a huge mural depicting a Tibetan monk setting himself on fire. Soon after the mural went up, the Chinese consulate in San Francisco sent a letter to the city's mayor insisting it be removed before it "tainted" U.S.-China relations.
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China Offers Glimpse Of Another New Stealth Fighter

The leaked photos came just before a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Last year, the Chinese tested a stealth plane while the previous defense secretary, Robert Gates, was visiting. The moves are seen as an attempt by the Chinese to show off their rapidly expanding military technology.
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France Braces For Backlash From Muslim Cartoon

After a French satirical newspaper published crude caricatures of the prophet Muhammad on Wednesday, the French government braced for angry reaction at home and abroad. It planned to close embassies, consulates, cultural centers and schools in 20 countries on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer. The government will block several demonstrations that had been planned around France to protest the American made anti-Muslim video that sparked deadly demonstrations in the Muslim world last week.
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Ancient Paper Suggests Jesus May Have Been Married

Robert Siegel speaks with Elaine Pagels, religion professor at Princeton University, about the discovery of an ancient papyrus fragment that suggests some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife, and possibly a female disciple.
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Syrian Rebels Fear Radicals May Hijack Revolt

Tensions are growing between the homegrown rebels and Islamist radicals who have come from abroad. They both oppose the Syrian government but disagree on many fundamental issues. Recently the rebels and the foreign radicals battled each other in northern Syria.

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