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As Violence Escalates, U.N. Suspends Monitoring In Syria

The faltering U.N. peace plan suffers another blow as the U.N. monitors announce a suspension of their activities. They say they could resume operations, but only if conditions improve.
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Islamist Faces Member Of The Old Guard In Egypt Election

The choice reflects the deep divisions in the country that has been unsettled since its revolution last year. The voting began smoothly with long lines reported at some polling stations in Cairo. Some 50 million Egyptians are eligible to vote Saturday and Sunday.
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Voters To Decide Outcome Of Current Greek Drama

Debt-burdened Greeks go to the polls Sunday to choose between an establishment party, and continuing harsh austerity measures, or a leftist party that vows to replace the current bailout deal. Regardless of which party wins, Greeks know they face years of hardship in a rapidly unraveling society.
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A Flicker Of Inspiration Brings Cave Drawings To Life

The Chauvet prehistoric cave paintings in France have always glimmered with a mystery. An article in the June issue of Antiquity suggests that the paintings, dating back 30,000 years, may amount to the first animated cartoons.
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Greeks Take Over Reporting As News Outlets Fade

Austerity measures in Greece have touched the journalists who would normally be covering Sunday's election. Thousands have lost their jobs. In any case, many Greeks feel the mainstream media are biased in favor of the bailout terms. They're now getting their news from alternative citizen-run stations.
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Suu Kyi To Accept Nobel Peace Prize, Decades Late

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to make an acceptance speech in Oslo Saturday for the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Anthony Kuhn.
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China Mission A Leap Toward Larger Space Goals

China is expected to launch its first manned mission to dock at an orbiting space laboratory Saturday. Host Scott Simon talks with Dean Cheng, a research fellow with the Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center.

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