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Tsunami Debris On Alaska's Shores Like 'Standing In Landfill'

Wreckage believed to be from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is washing up thousands of miles away in Alaska. The debris isn't just unsightly — it poses environmental worries for the landscape and animals. One conservationist says the problem may be worse than the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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Allegations Of Human Rights Abuse Abound In Mali

As Malian forces backed by French and African troops have retaken the West African nation's contested northern region, there have been allegations of human rights abuses. Human Rights organizations accuse the Malian army of summary executions, among other abuses.
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Syrian Activist's Offer Of Talks With Assad Draws Mixed Response

Activist Moaz al Khatib said he was open to talks with representatives of the Syrian regime under certain conditions. Criticism from within Khatib's own ranks was swift, but so was support form Syrians both inside and out of the country.
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Iraq Attack Kills At Least 15, Wounds Dozens

The coordinated suicide attack targeted the police headquarters in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. No one has claimed responsibility, but the city is claimed by both Kurds and Arabs.
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Foreign Minister Says Iran Is Open To Talks With U.S.

The comments by Iran's foreign minister at a security conference in Germany come a day after Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. was willing to hold direct talks with the Islamic republic over its nuclear program. But Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Washington must show "fair and real" intentions to resolve the issue.
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From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

The Taliban tried to ban all music in Afghanistan. But now, 48 young Afghans — boys and girls — make up an orchestra that is coming to the U.S. to perform at a couple of the most prestigious venues in America.
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In India, Men Accused of Deadly Rape Formally Charged

Five men accused of the brutal rape and murder of a woman student in New Delhi were charged today. The attack in December launched an international outcry and led to nationwide protests. NPR's Julie McCarthy joins host Laura Sullivan from the Indian capital with the latest.

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