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Divided Politics, Creaky Economy Put Egypt On Edge

More than a year after its revolution, Egypt is still struggling for direction. The country holds a runoff Saturday and Sunday in its first competitive presidential election, and the choices show the country's divide: One candidate is from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood; the other, a former prime minister in Hosni Mubarak's regime.
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Iran's Nuclear Fatwa: A Policy Or A Ploy?

Iran's supreme leader has repeatedly cited his own fatwa, or religious edict, that nuclear weapons are a sin and that Iran doesn't want them. Many in the West are skeptical, but U.S. officials are calling on Iran to live up to the fatwa.
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U.S., Russia Accused Of Arming Opposite Syrian Sides

The U.S. has claimed that Russia is sending attack helicopters to the Syrian government, but Russian officials dismiss the allegation. Meanwhile, there are reports of a big surge in clandestine arms shipments to the Syrian rebels.
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Stories Differ After Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian

A Palestinian man who was killed by Israeli soldiers earlier this year did not make many headlines. Rashid Shawakha was fatally shot in the occupied West Bank one evening in late March. Israeli authorities initially declared him a terrorist. But months later, new details have raised fresh questions about how and why he died.
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French First Lady Sets Country A-Twitter

President Francois Hollande's companion, Valerie Trierweiler, tweeted her support for a candidate running against the president's ex, Segolene Royal. Some hailed Trierweiler's independence; others say it was a clear jab at Royal and undermines Hollande.
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Reporting From A Rapidly-Deteriorating Syria

NPR's Deborah Amos followed a team of U.N. observers in Syria in June before returning to Damascus, and has been reporting on the latest developments in the region. NPR's Neal Conan speaks with Amos about her experiences reporting from Damascus and what she's seen on the ground.
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Here's The International Skinny On The U.S. Election

Political scientists worldwide are watching the U.S. presidential race. Some wonder how a President Romney would change military policy. Some worry that the U.S. economy overseen by President Obama is hurting them. And some see Europe in the unusual position of affecting the election's outcome.
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Libyan Menu Prompts The Question: Camel, Anyone?

A meal in a Tripoli restaurant prompts questions about how to cook camel and its history as a food. Camel meat has long been a staple in the Middle East, Pakistan, and North and East Africa, and it's catching on in some parts of the U.S.

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