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Week In News: Guns In U.S., Threats Abroad

The gun control debate continued to dominate the news this week with President Obama coming out strongly in support of reforming the current gun control laws alongside the Newtown families. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, about that story along with the bird flu in China, North Korea and the Postal Service.
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Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad Resigns Post

Salam Fayyad's exit ends a power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas that rose to new heights in recent months. Fayyad had reportedly tried to quit his job earlier this week; Abbas initially refused it, but he finally accepted the resignation Saturday.
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Egyptian Judge Abruptly Steps Down From Mubarak Retrial

A Cairo courtroom burst into chants of "The people want the execution of the president" on Saturday after the judge overseeing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's retrial withdrew from the case on opening day.
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Jetliner Crashes Into Sea Near Runway In Bali; All Aboard Safe

More than 100 passengers survived a crash into the sea, after the Boeing 737 they were traveling on from West Java to Bali, Indonesia, missed the runway at Denpasar International Airport. The plane came to rest in shallow waters, simplifying rescue efforts. Photographs showed the Lion Air jet in the water, its fuselage broken just behind its wings.
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In China, Kerry Seeks Help In Calming North Korea

Secretary of State John Kerry is asking China's government to help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea has issued threats of war as it tests its weapons systems. The top U.S. diplomat met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing two days before a North Korea-promised missile test.
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Diplomacy, Warnings Mark Kerry's Visit To Korean Peninsula

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Louisa Lim about Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to South Korea and the negotiating efforts to de-nuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
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Even In Death, Chavez Dominates Venezuelan Election

Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died last month, is supporting Nicolas Maduro in Sunday's presidential election. How do we know? Maduro says Chavez came to him, as a bird, in a dream. For some Venezuelans, that's enough: Maduro leads the race by a considerable margin.

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