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Syrians Struggle To Transform Country Locally

In northern Syria, near the Turkish border, Bashar al-Assad's army has already been forced out by rebel forces. Now the town of Jerablus faces new challenges: a lack of support from the international community, buildings still in ruins and a flood of refugees.
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Egypt Divided Over Morsi Power Grab

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issues decrees consolidating his power, raising concerns about an emerging dictatorship. Audie Cornish talks with Leila Fadel about reaction to the move.
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Cyprus To OK Austerity In Exchange For Bailout

Cyprus is set to become the fifth EU nation to get a bailout from the EU and the International Monetary Fund. The loan would be equal to the island-nation's GDP.
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Just Another Day In Damascus

If one word could describe everyday life for Syrians in the country's capital, it is "waiting": waiting to learn who has died, or to replace a bomb-shattered window, or to pass through a checkpoint. There's menace and dread, too, of thuggish militiamen and the unrelenting bombings and shellings.
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NPR: The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America

Each year, Americans waste 33 million tons of food. Dana Gunders, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and author Jonathan Bloom discuss the economic and environmental impacts of food waste, and what can be done to fight the growing problem.
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Russia, U.S. Seek To Resolve Friction On Adoptions

Foreign adoptions are a hot-button issue in Russia; some Russian officials have even called for a ban. Despite the political sensitivity, Russia and the U.S. are working out an agreement designed to improve the adoption process for prospective parents and children.
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Christmas Is About The Gold-Plated Christmas Tree

A Tokyo jewelry store is selling the tree for $4.2 million — a price tag explained not only by the steep price of gold, but also by the craftsmanship. A team of workers decorated the tree with hand-crafted Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell and Cinderella.

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