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In China, Avoiding The 'Great Firewall' Internet Censors

In China, the Internet isn't the free-for-all that it is in the United States. China's communist government censors what's published and some of what's shared online. But some citizens are working around government censors by using agreed-upon "public" code.
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Tokyo Will Host The 2020 Summer Olympics, Beating Out Istanbul

Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, the IOC said in an announcement that was streamed live Saturday. Tokyo won 60 votes in the final round, to Istanbul's 36.
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Syria Puts Obama's Multilateralist Philosophy To The Test

Multilateralism has been the foundation of the president's foreign policy, and not just on issues of war and peace. At the G-20 summit in Russia this week, he used familiar words when urging military action in Syria. So far, few allies are onboard.
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Pope Francis Leads Vigil Calling For Peace In Syrian Crisis

Pope Francis is leading a mass prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square Saturday night, building on his calls to avoid violence in the escalating conflict over Syria. Tens of thousands of people have come to the Vatican on what the pontiff has declared a day of fasting and prayer in the name of peace.
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EU Nations Join To Blame Syria, But Not To Support An Attack

Despite Secretary of State John Kerry's call to support military strikes after an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime, members of the European Union say diplomacy should be the priority.
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In Australian Vote, Prime Minister Concedes To Abbott

The Liberal-National coalition secured enough support to name Tony Abbott Australia's new prime minister, in an election that ends six years of Labor rule.
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The Limits To A Limited Military Strike In Syria

The Obama administration seems to believe that U.S. military action in Syria will restore Washington's credibility. Reuters columnist David Rohde argues that is impossible, first because the U.S. lacks a strategy in the Middle East, and second, because Obama is deeply ambivalent about any engagement. Rohde speaks with host Scott Simon about the predicament.
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Russia To U.S.: Follow U.N. Rules On Syria

As Congress debates whether to give President Obama the authority to attack Syria, Russia's ambassador told a U.S. think tank Friday that the United States should uphold international norms of war and peace.
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Industrial Soot May Have Melted Europe's Glaciers

About 160 years ago, Europe's glaciers began melting, centuries before the temperatures started rising. Now NASA scientists offer a possible explanation for this apparent paradox: Soot from the Industrial Revolution could have heated up the ice. (This piece initially aired Sept. 3 on Morning Edition.)
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In Macho Mexico's Lucha Libre, The 'Lady' Is Often The Champ

Pro wrestling in Mexico is usually associated with buff, tough show-boating guys. But it's also an unlikely niche for the country's LGBT, thanks to Los Exóticos — campy, mostly gay male wrestlers who are known as much for their wrestling skills as they are for their feminine garb and flirty behavior.

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