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Poverty, Segregation Fuel Marseille Crime Wave

Drug- and gang-related shootouts have killed 20 people so far this year in France's second largest city. The crime wave has prompted one Marseille politician to call for the army to be sent in. The city's isolated housing projects breed despair and are home to a parallel economy based on drugs.
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Decades-Old Nuclear Standoff Finally Ends ... With New Zealand

A little-known, but longtime nuclear standoff ended this week when U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a 26-year-old ban that kept New Zealand naval ships from docking at U.S. bases. The ban stems from New Zealand's nuclear-free policy that forbids U.S. nuclear ships into its ports.
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Film Sparks Long-Simmering Frustration In Pakistan

In Pakistan, a government minister is offering a $100,000 dollar bounty for anyone who kills the maker of a video that denigrates the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. The offer came one day after many cities in Pakistan were engulfed in violent demonstrations over the online video. NPR's Jackie Northam in Islamabad speaks with guest host Linda Wertheimer.
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Fiat's Woes A Symptom Of Italy's Industrial Malaise

The automaker, a symbol of Italy's industrial revolution and the country's biggest employer, had threatened to shut down its operations. It's part of a wider problem: A decade of globalization and three years of the euro crisis have accelerated Italy's industrial decay.
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McDonald's In India: Would You Like Paneer On That?

McDonald's already offers menu items that cater to local tastes in India. But this month, the fast-food chain said it was going a step further by announcing a plan to open its first vegetarian-only restaurants in the country.
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For Myanmar Activist, A Welcome 40 Years In Waiting

Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has been honored and celebrated on her first visit to the U.S. in 40 years. In various speeches, she's talked about learning to compromise with former military men in Myanmar's parliament who kept her under house arrest for years.

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