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The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide

President Obama, once the world leader whose vow of "hope" and "change" excited millions, seemed eclipsed in that department Thursday by Pope Francis.
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Southeast Asia Free Of Polio As India Declares Health Victory

India and 10 other Southeast Asian nations have eradicated polio, health leaders say. The milestone means 80 percent of the world's population now lives without risk of the paralyzing virus.
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President Prepares To Meet King As U.S.-Saudi Divisions Deepen

On the eve of President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia, Robert Siegel speaks with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. They discuss U.S.-Saudi relations and questions on Iran.
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In Egypt, Defendants Are Being Tried By The Hundreds

A judge this week sentenced more than 500 men to death for the killing of a policeman. He's now presiding over a case with 700 defendants as the country's courts come under increasing criticism.
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Why Don't Planes Stream Their Flight Data In Real Time?

As search teams hunt for Flight 370's flight recorders, one might ask: Why is data stored only using onboard recorders? Real-time transmission of flight data is possible, but there are roadblocks.
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With $1B In Aid For Ukraine, Congress Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is

Congress has approved a billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine. Both chambers voted in favor, two days after Senate Democrats removed a provision to overhaul the International Monetary Fund.
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In First Visit To The Vatican, Obama Finds Himself Moved

President Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time at the Vatican. The meeting is intended to mark a fresh start for the administration's sometimes-strained relationship with Catholic leadership.
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IMF Bailout Comes With A Hefty Side Of Pain For Ukrainians

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to a large bailout for Ukraine's struggling economy, but the austerity measures that come with it will have a severe impact on the population.
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Israeli Prisoner Release Steps Toward Peace And Draws Controversy

Israel is preparing a prisoner release as part of the peace process with Palestinians. Arab citizens of Israel are set to be let go, a move more controversial than releasing non-citizen Palestinians.
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U.N. General Assembly: 'No Validity' For Crimea Referendum

In a rebuke of Moscow, the 193-member body votes to condemn Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

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