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In Damascus, Army And Civilians Scramble For Safe Havens

UN inspectors are winding up their mission to Syria, attempting to determine whether or not chemical weapons were used in last week's attacks in the suburbs of Damascus. On Friday the inspectors went to a military hospital where the government says soldiers hit in a chemical weapons assault are being treated. Damascus residents say the Syrian army is moving troops and equipment into residential areas in anticipation of a U.S. military strike aimed at punishing the regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
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Heaney's Poems — Great, Dangerous, Healing — Live On

The Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney died this morning in Dublin at the age of 74. In a remembrance, poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher writes that Heaney had mastered sound and nuance, crafting poems you can taste and feel, alive and powerful, as you speak them aloud.
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What's Next In Syria? A Sampling Of Opinion

We look at a few stories making the rounds that examine what U.S. options are for a strike against the Damascus regime and what might follow such an attack.
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Bag It, Trader Joe's Tells 'Pirate' Grocer In Canada

Faced with a lack of Trader Joe's stores, Canadian shoppers turned to Pirate Joe's, a grocery stocked with products bought across the border. In response, the big chain filed a lawsuit. Shop owner Mike Hallatt says he would happily shut down — if Trader Joe's went north.
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Does The NFL's Proposed Settlement Change The Game?

The National Football League has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement over concussion-related injuries. But the league also denies any wrongdoing. So is it a victory for the players? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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Syrians Anxious About Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

As Americans debate military intervention, the UN's refugee agency has warned that Syria could be on the 'verge of the abyss.' Host Michel Martin discusses the millions of Syrians who have been displaced by the conflict with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, and Rima Kamal, the Red Cross' spokesperson in Damascus.
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Where U.S. Allies Stand On A Strike Against Syria

President Obama is finding it challeging to win international backing for a strike on Syria. France and Turkey are two countries that favor a military response.
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Kerry Says Assad, A 'Thug And Murderer,' Was Behind Attack

As the world waits for what are expected to be U.S. missile strikes on military targets inside Syria in coming days, Secretary of State John Kerry made the Obama administration's case for holding the Syrian leader accountable.
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India's PM Tries To Reassure Country Over Rupee's Slide

The leader says he believes the currency, which has fallen by 15 percent since May, is undervalued, but that the drop doesn't mean the economy is 'going down a hill'.
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Defectors Think Most North Koreans Approve Of Kim Jong Un

A survey shows that most of them believe three meals a day has helped boost the leader's popularity, despite the country's continued economic woes.

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