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Coup Attempts And Safaris: The Ups And Downs Of Juan Carlos' Reign

King Juan Carlos announced he would abdicate in favor of his son, sparking a fierce debate over whether he should be allowed to pass on the crown — or if the monarchy should be abolished altogether.
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Dozens Of Haitian Migrants Abandoned Near Puerto Rico

Smuggling Haitians has become a big — and deadly — business. In recent days, several groups of migrants have been abandoned by smugglers on uninhabited islands in the Caribbean.
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Double Rape, Lynching In India Exposes Caste Fault Lines

The men accused in the girls' murder belong to their area's dominant caste. Protesters and politicians are lashing out at delays and indifference in a case that is creating a political maelstrom.
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As Spain's King Steps Down, Protesters Hope He's The Last One

The king of Spain says he is stepping down, ceding the throne to the crown prince. King Juan Carlos has been in ill health, and his popularity has dropped recently after a series of scandals.
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Palestinian Split Shows Signs Of Healing, But Israelis Aren't Pleased

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the cabinet for a unity government joining his Fatah party with Hamas. It resolves a 7-year-old split but also draws condemnation from Israeli leaders.
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What Syria's President Seeks From A Not-So-Democratic Election

Bashar Assad is certain to cruise to victory Tuesday in a vote that's been widely condemned. But the point is not the voting. Rather, it's an attempt to show he still controls parts of the country.
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In Bowe Bergdahl's Release, As Many Questions As Answers

The release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five senior members of the Taliban has been cheered as well as criticized. A look at why the move has been so polarizing.
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Russia's Smokers Must Take It Outside, As Ban Begins

Russian officials say the ban could save 200,000 lives a year in a country known for its heavy smokers. In 2009, the Russian Federation consumed 2,786 cigarettes per capita, a study found.
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Spain's King Juan Carlos Will Abdicate In Favor Of Son

At a hastily called news conference Monday, it was announced that the 76-year-old king will step down. His 46-year-old son, Crown Prince Felipe, is expected to become king.
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Corruption Allegations Surface Before World Cup Opens

The organization governing world soccer apparently has proof that an Asian gambling syndicate fixed World Cup matches in 2010. Steve Inskeep talks to Jere Longman of The New York Times.

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