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You Say 'Kubbeh,' I Say 'Kibbeh,' Let's Eat 'Em All Right Now

Regardless of what you call them — kibbeh, kubbe, kobeba — bulgur-and-wheat dumplings are a beloved staple across the Levant. And as with hummus, there are local varieties from Iraq to Egypt. In Jerusalem, kids at a cooking camp learn to make the lemony kubbeh hamusta from Kurdistan.
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U.N. Security Council Not Expected To Approve Syria Strike

The United States is considering its military options following last week's apparent chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, Syria. Russia is opposed to such action. The Russian government says there's no evidence that the Syrian government was behind that attack. And Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that if NATO attacks Syria it would be a violation of international law. To get a better understanding of the Russian view on Syria, Robert Siegel talks with Andranik Migranyan, director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, a Russian-funded think tank in New York. He says Russia is opposed to regime change from the outside and that the solution must be a negotiated settlement.
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U.S. Builds Its Case For Intervening In Syria

The U.S. says it is still committed to working with Russia to bring together the warring factions in Syria for a peace conference. But Washington postponed a planning meeting, as it weighs military options to respond to an alleged chemical weapons attack. Russia says a U.S. strike will only create more problems and that rebels will have no incentive to negotiate with the Syrian government.
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Britain Would Join U.S. In Any Military Action In Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled parliament to consider a motion approving military intervention in Syria in response to the alleged toxic gas attack in Damascus.
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After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way

The nation with the worst HIV epidemic on the planet is finally turning the corner on the disease. South Africa is simplifying AIDS care and giving antiviral drugs to nearly 2 million people every day.
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For Syrians, Life Goes On Despite Likelihood Of U.S. Action

Many Syrians believe a U.S. military strike is coming, but few believe it will alter the course of the war in a country that has already been ravaged by more than two years of fighting.
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Chemical Weapons Used Rarely — But With Deadly Effect

The horrific effects of chemical weapons used during World War I led to a treaty banning their use. But Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein deployed them several decades later during his country's war with Iran, as well as on Kurds in the town of Halabja. Before the latest reports of a chemical weapon attack in Syria, a Japanese cult used sarin gas in a 1995 attack on Tokyo's subway system.
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Snowden's Flight To Russia May Not Have Been Such A Shock

According to a Russian newspaper, the NSA leaker lived for a couple days at the Russian consulate in Hong Kong before his late June flight to Moscow. That raises questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that Snowden's arrival was a "complete surprise."
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Woman In Kenya To Marry 2 Men

Polygamy is fairly common in Kenya but one forthcoming marriage is turning that custom on its head. A Kenyan woman not wanting to choose between the two men she loves, decided she will marry both of them. The men have agreed, and the trio even signed a contract to "set boundaries and keep the peace."
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'Syrian Regime Is Responsible,' White House Says Of Attack

"Anyone who approaches this logically" would conclude that President Bashar Assad's forces used chemical weapons "on a massive scale" last week, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday. President Obama is weighing "the appropriate response," Carney added.

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