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Highly Scripted, China Moves Toward New Leaders

China began its once-a-decade leadership transition as the 18th Communist Party Congress opened Thursday. The message focused on cleaning up government corruption, which President Hu Jintao said could be "fatal" to the party and the state.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The world reacts to President Barack Obama’s reelection. China launches a once-a-decade shift of power. And Russian President Vladimir Putin fires his defense minister. Diane and a panel of journalists discuss the week’s top international stories, what happened and why.


Syrian Opposition Tries To Reinvigorate Mission

Efforts to revamp Syria's fractured opposition reached a peak at a conference in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The U.S. has led what some have termed an overly public diplomatic campaign to restructure the opposition in exile and tighten its links with rebel commanders on the ground in Syria.

Greeks In Store For More Austerity Cuts

The Greek Parliament has approved a sweeping set of austerity measures that were aimed at keeping the country in the eurozone. Members voted on $17 billion in cuts to salaries, pensions, public sector jobs and health care spending.

Egypt Moves To Ban Online Pornography

Egypt and other countries in the Arab world have never permitted pornography, though individuals can sometimes gain online access. Now Egypt's prosecutor is calling for a crackdown on all Internet porn.

Meet 4 African Women Who Are Changing The Face Of Coffee

These women are a rarity in the African coffee world: They manage farms, market beans to buyers, and share their expertise to empower other women in their countries to do the same.

Does Second Term Give Obama Foreign 'Flexibility'?

Host Michel Martin takes a look at how the rest of the world is reacting to the news of President Barack Obama's re-election. She speaks with Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera International.

Russia's Putin Welcomes Obama's Re-Election

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent word welcoming President Obama's re-election. But the Russian government and state-run media sought to discredit the American electoral process.