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Syrian Fighting Escalates In And Around Damascus

Ban Ki-moon called the killing of 300 Syrians an "appalling and brutal crime."
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Afghan Women Fear Backsliding On Key Gains

Women in Afghanistan are, in general, better off today than when the Taliban ruled. But activists say there has been backsliding on the gains of the past decade. And as the international community plans its drawdown, activists worry that the government won't do its part to protect women.
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Haiti Weathers Isaac, Says First Lady

Tropical Storm Isaac slammed Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds. Although the damage is less than feared, the country is still trying to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Host Michel Martin speaks with Haiti's First Lady Sophia Martelly to learn more about how they were affected by the storm.
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Group Announces 2 Pussy Riot Members Flee Russia

Members of the band took part in the protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin that sent three of their band mates to jail. The group, which is an anonymous collective of more than a dozen people, tweeted that the two women were safe outside of the country.
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In Distressed Syria, Urban And Rural Cultures At Odds

The revolt began in the countryside, but it is now concentrated in two main cities: Damascus and Aleppo. While poor Syrians are flooding refugee camps on the borders, the middle- and upper-class civilians can pay to cross. Despite tension, some are seeking ways to build a post-Assad future together.
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Documenting Haiti's Ruined Grandeur

Photographer Swoan Parker toured Haiti's National Palace, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. "For many people, it stands for Haiti's pride," she says. "This is a symbol for many people, so they consider it a great sense of loss."

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