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China Is Building Ties With Mexico

In years past, the two countries have kept each other at arms length as they competed to manufacture cheap goods. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Enrique Dussel Peters, a professor in Mexico City, about countries efforts build a diplomatic relationship.
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'Arab Idol' Finalist Delivers Sweet Music, Palestinian Pride

In the Arab world's version of American Idol, a young singer from the isolated Gaza Strip is hitting high notes of Palestinian hope. Supporters say a victory by Mohammad Assaf, a finalist in the competition, would be a victory for art, long neglected in Gaza.
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Extortion Common For Latin American Businesses

High crime rates are holding back economic development in Latin America. One element of the crime is extortion, which cuts into the bottom line for local businesses and ordinary citizens.
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For London Zoo Patrons, It's A Case Of Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Squirrel monkeys in a "walk-through" enclosure bit more than a dozen visitors over a year-long period, according to a report.
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Authorities: China Bus Fire That Killed 47 Was Arson-Suicide

The man suspected of setting the deadly fire left a suicide note at his home and reportedly kept a blog of his frustrations with the government in obtaining social security benefits.
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Pakistan's New Government Protests U.S. Drone Strike

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has promised to push back on the strikes, lodges a formal protest with a top U.S. envoy in Islamabad.
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Three Americans Killed In Latest Afghanistan 'Insider Attack'

The gunman was wearing an Afghan military uniform and reportedly killed two U.S. soldiers and a civilian following an argument.

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