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Syria's Cease-Fire Barely Lasts A Few Hours

The guns have fallen silent in some areas of Aleppo, but there are still reports of scattered fighting in several parts of Syria. The military and Syrian rebels had agreed to a temporary cease-fire during the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.
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Muslim And Buddhist Fighting In Myanmar Kills 67

At least 67 people are dead and hundreds of homes have been burned, in a new outbreak of inter-communal violence in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma. It's the second bout of violence between Buddhists and Muslims in northwest Myanmar, near the border with Bangladesh. More than 80 people died in June, and tens of thousands of Muslims have been living in squalid conditions in refugee camps since then.
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Airstrikes Dampen Mood In Gaza On Eid Al-Adha

The religious holiday Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, began on Friday across the Muslim world. What is normally a time of celebration is for the 1.6 million residents of the Gaza Strip a reminder of their desperate financial straits after five years of Israeli blockade. This week's fierce exchange of Palestinian rockets and Israeli air and artillery strikes has also sparked fears of another Israeli military operation in Gaza.
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Zapping Nuclear Waste With Laser Beams Could Actually Be A Great Idea

The world's most powerful laser beams are going to be built in Europe. Scientists say that a blast from them could destroy nuclear waste in seconds — meaning it wouldn't have to be stored for centuries.
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Election 2012: Immigration Politics And The Maryland Dream Act

Kojo explores how Maryland's Dream Act decision will affect local immigrant communities and how the ballot initiative fits into federal immigration politics.

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Taking The Sacred Hajj Pilgrimage ... VIP Style

More than two million Muslims are making the hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. The trip is expected to be spiritually fulfilling, as well as hot, crowded, and exhausting. But some travelers make the four-day pilgrimage in high style. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Jamal Elshayyal of Al Jazeera English about VIP hajj packages.

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