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'Outpost' Tells Battle Story Of Medal Of Honor Nominee

The latest Medal of Honor will be awarded on Monday to former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha for his actions during 12-hour firefight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Steve Inskeep talks to CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, who told the story of the battle in his recent book, The Outpost.
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Political Crisis Deepens In Tunisia

The crisis in Tunisia deepened over the weekend when a secular political party withdrew from the Islamist-led coalition government. The crisis erupted last week when a secular politician and human rights advocate was gunned down outside his home in Tunis.
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Insurgents In Northern Mali Launch Guerrilla Attacks

It appears that the conflict in northern Mali is entering a new stage — insurgency.
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Auntie Anne's Pretzels In Beijing: Why The Chinese Didn't Bite

It's the entrepreneurs' dream: tapping into China's market of 1.3 billion people. That dream fueled the efforts of two Chinese-American MBAs to take the soft-pretzel franchise — a staple of U.S. shopping malls — to China. Cultural and financial barriers, however, led to a far more challenging reality.
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West's Allure Dulls Monkhood's Luster For Some Buddhists

Since the Dalai Lama's exile from Tibet in 1958, reincarnated high lamas have been born in, or exposed to, the West at an increasing rate. Journalist Tim McGirk wrote about the effects of that exposure in this month's issue of The Believer.
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Chinese 'Pingpong Diplomacy' Player Dies

Zhuang Zedong's gift to an American table tennis player paved the way for President Nixon's groundbreaking visit to China. Zhuang was 73.
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Will Syria Become An Islamist State?

Syria has generally followed the "middle way" in Islam, but ultra-conservative Islamists have been on the rise throughout the region. Syrians are debating what role Islam might play if President Bashar Assad's regime is toppled.

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