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Friday News Roundup - International

A standoff continues between the U.S. and Russia over the asylum request by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Arab League backs a new U.S.-led Mideast peace effort. And tainted school lunches kill at least 23 children in India. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Russian Court Convicts Opposition Activist

Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. The case against him heightened criticism that Russian authorities are stifling opposing voices.
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Panama Searches Impounded North Korean Cargo Ship

Authorities in Panama are continuing to search the North Korean cargo ship stopped last week as it moved through the Panama Canal. A search of the ship, which came from Cuba, found aircraft and missile parts hidden under thousands of bags of Cuban sugar.
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Police In India Probe Poisoning Of School Children

In India, dozens of children in the eastern state of Bihar have been poisoned after consuming a free school lunch. More than 20 children have died. Authorities are trying to determine if the poisoning was deliberate or accidental.
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Book Examines Who Sowed Seeds For China's Economic Boom

Renee Montagne talks to China scholars Orville Schell and John DeLury about their new book, Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the 21st Century. It examines the roots of China's recent economic development boom.
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As Nelson Mandela Turns 95, South Africa Celebrates

Mandela remains hospitalized, but South Africans take the opportunity to honor the man who symbolized the anti-apartheid movement.
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At Estonia's Bank Of Happiness, Kindness Is The Currency

In high-tech Estonia, home of Skype, one group is using the Internet for a different kind of venture: the Bank of Happiness, an online market for good deeds. The concept is that people do nice things for each other, just because — no payments or products are involved. The bank has more than 500 ads.
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Talk Of Boycotting Russian Olympics Stirs Emotions

There have been suggestions that if Russia grants asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden, the U.S. should respond by not sending athletes to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. But others say that just sends the wrong message and punishes only the athletes.
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Cause Of Indian School Lunch Poisoning Still Unknown

At least 21 children are dead, and nearly two dozen others are sick, after eating contaminated food in India. The children became sick after eating their daily free lunch at a school in the eastern state of Bihar. Officials say it appears the food contained pesticide, but it's not clear if it the victims were poisoned deliberately.
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What Missile Shipment Says About Cuba-North Korea Relations

Many questions are raised by the discovery of missile parts in a North Korean ship coming from Cuba and passing through the Panama Canal. Cuban authorities acknowledge sending the parts, but they do not explain why they are doing business with North Korea. The incident sheds some light on two of the most isolated regimes on the planet and what political and commercial ties may bind them.

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