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Imperfect Gentlemen Says Being Persian Is Hip

Spring is upon us, and so is the Persian New Year, Nowruz. Iranian-Americans and people across the Middle East and parts of Asia are celebrating. Michel Martin talks with Afro-Iranian-American comedian Tehran Von Ghasri about his favorite traditions.
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Chinese Solar Panel Maker Suntech Goes Bankrupt

The company, a victim of a worldwide glut in solar panels, missed a $541 million bond payment and was forced into restructuring on Wednesday.
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The Stream Of Syrian Refugees Strains Lebanon

More than 8,000 Syrians cross the border into neighboring countries each day. Lebanon has the biggest urban refugee population in the region, and the highest number of unregistered Syrians. The U.N. says despite its best efforts, Syrian refugees in Lebanon can still expect to wait at least 4 months before receiving help.
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South Korea Eyes Pyongyang After Possible Cyberattack

South Korean officials say they suspect that Pyongyang could be the source of the outage, which affected three broadcasters and two banks.
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Cyprus Scrambles For 'Plan B' Bailout

The Cypriot finance minister is in Moscow for meetings aimed at securing a Russian alternative to the bailout.
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Dominican Republic Wins World Baseball Classic

The Dominican Republic team, which had a perfect run in the series, beat Puerto Rico in the championship game 3-0 Tuesday night in San Francisco.
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Perle Looks Back On The Start Of The Iraq War

As part of Morning Edition's coverage of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Renee Montagne talks to Richard Perle, former chairman of the Defense Department's Defense Policy Board. Perle was one of the most outspoken champions of invading Iraq, He explains his early support for the war and elaborates on the miscalculations of the last decade.
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Release Of Turks Could Speed Ceasefire With PKK

A fragile peace process between the Turkish government and the PKK, the militant Kurdistan Worker's Party, got a boost with the release of several Turks who had been captured by PKK fighters and held in northern Iraq. It's the latest sign of goodwill in a rapprochement effort that many in Turkey hope will lead to a PKK ceasefire and a halt to Turkish military operations.

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