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Chinese Blame Failing Bridges On Corruption

No nation has built so many roads, bridges and buildings so quickly as China. But since 2011, eight bridges have collapsed, according to China's state-run media. Many believe the culprit is government corruption that leads to shoddy construction practices.
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Judge Rules American's Death In Gaza An Accident

A judge in Israel has rejected a suit to re-open the case of Rachel Corrie, the pro-Palestinian, American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer during a protest in the Gaza Strip almost a decade ago. Her parents, from Washington State, were devastated by the ruling.
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London's Paralympics Set To Be The Biggest Yet

A flame-lighting ceremony Tuesday evening in Stoke Mandeville, England, marks the beginning of the 2012 Paralympic Games. Melissa Block explores the history of the sports competition, which brings together disabled athletes from around the world, with Ian Brittain. Brittain is the author of The Paralympic Games Explained.
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Grow Your Own Locust Kit Could Someday Help Feed African Refugees

Insects, such as locust and grasshoppers, are a cheap source of protein that requires minimum resources to farm. Taking advantage of these properties, two design students have built an emergency food kit that allows families in a Kenyan refugee camp to grow their own source of protein--locust.
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The Deepening Conflict In Syria

The conflict in Syria is in its 18th month. Why international efforts to halt the bloodshed have failed and how the crush of refugees is overwhelming border nations.

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Egypt's President To Recalibrate Foreign Policy

Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi is on his first major foreign tour. He's visiting China, and later this week Iran which is hosting a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. Morsi says he wants to re-assert Egypt's influence in the Middle East and work with other regional powers to find a way to end the conflict in Syria.
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Israeli Court Rejects Suit By U.S. Activists' Family

An Israeli judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by the family of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie. The judge ruled the death of the American was not caused by the negligence of the Israeli state or army. Corrie was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the southern Gaza Strip.

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