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In Rare Public Speech, Assad Says Syria Has To Defend Itself

The president outlined a plan that includes a new constitution, but said it could only take place once other countries stop funding the opposition. He maintained his assertions that the violence is fueled by terrorists and gave no hint he would step down.
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Outrage Continues In India On Gang-Rape Case

NPR's Julie McCarthy updates Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden on the national outrage in India over the gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old student as well as the charges against those accused.
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Post-Revolution, Egypt Seeks Financial Support

Since its revolution, Egypt's economy has taken a blow. It has already lost more than half of the foreign currency it once had from investors and tourists. Now the new Egyptian government is fighting to secure a $4.8 billion IMF loan. Host Linda Wertheimer talks to Farah Halime, a business reporter who's blog Rebel Economy focuses on financial rebuilding after Arab Spring.
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Congo's Tutsi Minority Enveloped In Complex Conflict

One of the hard things to tell about the ongoing conflict in Eastern Congo is whether it is an ethnic war or a mercantile battle for resources. The Tutsis, an ethnic minority in Congo, have been at the center of the conflict for the past 20 years. Some support the M23 rebel group because they say it offers them protection, but others say the M23's only interest is controlling mineral wealth.
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Pakistani Cafe Is Oasis In Desert Of Civil Discourse

Pakistan's Second Floor cafe is listed in a local Karachi social blog as one of the coolest cafes in town. Since it opened its doors five years ago, it has become a haven in a city more known for its violence than its civil discourse.
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Greece's Inaction Over Wealthy Tax Evaders Fuels Fire

After the eurozone provided billions in bailout loans to Greece in December, the prime minister declared a new beginning for his country, despite a third year of wage cuts and tax hikes. But a scandal over a list of wealthy Greeks with Swiss bank accounts is roiling the country's fragile government.

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