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Tons Of Molten Glass Go Into Making Mirror For Giant Telescope

One of seven large mirrors for the 72-foot telescope will be spun cast at the University of Arizona on Saturday.
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U.S. Weighs Options On Syria After Reported Chemical Attack

President Obama is meeting with his national security team to discuss reports of Syria's use of chemical weapons, as the U.S. "repositions" warships armed with cruise missiles in the Mediterranean.
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A Tiny Island Finally Connects To The World Wide Web

Sandwiched between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, the island of Idjwi had no Internet access until last month. Host Scott Simon speaks with Jacques Sebisaho, a doctor and native of Idjwi Island, about how the community has responded to the Internet.
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Corruption Trial Begins For China's Bo Xilai

The former high-level Communist Party official is accused of bribery and stealing millions of dollars. Host Scott Simon speaks with Cheng Li, director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations at the Brookings Institution, about the trial.
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Military Rides Wave Of Public Support In Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood called for mass marches Friday, but with thousands of its members under arrest and the military deployed in anticipation, few showed up. Some fear Egypt is returning to a military state.
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Did Publicizing The Terror Alert In Yemen Help?

The partial reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, which was the focus of a recent terror alert, suggests that the immediate threat of a terrorist attack has passed. Officials cannot be certain whether the alert disrupted planning for a possible attack, whether the threat was a bluff or whether the intelligence that led to the alert was flawed. The issuance of warnings is a specialty within the intelligence community, but the recent episode underscores how much uncertainty surrounds the field.
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Corruption Trial Not Working Out As Communist Party Had Hoped

The Chinese government had hoped the high-profile corruption trial of Bo Xilai this week would prove that China operates under the rule of law, and that the Communist Party is not afraid to punish its own. But the trial of the former politburo member hasn't quite worked out that way.
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Former Ambassador: Syria Will Fight No Matter What U.S. Does

Melissa Block talks with Ambassador Ryan Crocker — dean and executive professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University — about military options for Syria. From 1990-2012, Crock was ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Lebanon.
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Obama Still Wary Of U.S. Military Intervention In Syria

President Obama continued on his two-day bus tour to talk about high college costs, but saw his remarks to CNN about Syria getting much of the attention.
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Cash, Cows And The Rise Of Nerd Philanthropy

Most charities get money from donors and spend it on things they think will help people — schools, medicine, farm animals. GiveDirectly just gives money away. And that poses a challenge to the more traditional charities.

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