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Cuban Dissident Blogger Seeks To Unite Castro's Cuba With Miami's Cuba

Yoani Sanchez is an outspoken critic of the Castro regime, with a social media pulpit that is translated into 20 languages. In Miami this week to receive an award, she called on Cuban-Americans to tear down the wall of "lies, silence and bad intentions" that divides the community.
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Economic Success Transforms Germany Into Europe's Political Powerhouse

Steve Inskeep talks to Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, about the long-term impact of the Cyprus crisis on European economies. Beddoes offers the view from Germany. That country is now turning its attention to its own general elections in September.
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Afghanistan, Pakistan Struggle To Find Common Ground

Relations between the two countries have long been problematic but seemed to be turning a corner a few months ago. Now, they are at it again: After a series of diplomatic miscues, each country is accusing the other of hindering peace talks with the Taliban.
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In Seaside Cypriot Town, Russians Of Modest Means Cry Foul

Many are expecting Russian billionaires to flee Cyprus in the face of a tough eurozone bailout plan. But in the city of Limassol, there's a large middle-class Russian community with deep roots. Many are angry that their entire community is being portrayed as a group of money-laundering oligarchs.
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With New Pope, Catholic Women Hope To Regain Church Leadership Roles

A group of American nuns and Catholic women has traveled to Rome for a pilgrimage to the sites where there are traces on frescoes, mosaics and sarcophagi that show how women played an important role in the church in the early centuries of Christianity. Groups say women once held "co-equal roles with men."

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