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Softbank To Buy Majority Of Sprint Nextel

Japanese mobile phone company Softbank has announced it has agreed to buy 70 percent of Sprint Nextel for $20 billion. The deal would make Sprint Nextel a tougher competitor against its bigger rivals, Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
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2 Americans Win Nobel Economics Prize

Americans Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley won the Nobel economics prize Monday for their theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design.
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A Defection Hints At Cracks Among Syria's Alawites

Syria's Alawite minority has largely maintained its solid support for President Bashar Assad, a fellow Alawite. But recent developments, including the defection of an army colonel, suggest there are now cracks in the Alawite community.
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Syrian Forces Using Cluster Bombs, Rights Group Says

Syria's weaponry is coming under scrutiny as Turkey bars its airspace to Syrian flights and Human Rights Watch accuses Assad forces of indiscriminately using cluster bombs in civilian areas.
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Russia To Go It Alone On Nuke Disarmament

Russia announced this week that it would no longer work to disarm nuclear and chemical weapons under the U.S. program known as Nunn Lugar. This was a very successful program that reduced Russia's stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction over the past 20 years. U.S. money and expertise drove the program, but now the Russians believe they have plenty of both to continue the job on their own. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.
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Cyprus' Divided Capital A Last Vestige Of War

The Iron Curtain fell more than two decades ago, but one capital in Europe remains divided: Nicosia, in the tiny island-nation of Cyprus. A 1974 war between Cyprus and neighboring Turkey left the two ethnic populations on the island — Greek and Turkish Cypriots — separated and embittered.
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Do Chinese Tech Firms Pose U.S. Security Threat?

The U.S.-China economic relationship is under pressure again with allegations from the House Intelligence Committee that two top Chinese telecom firms are security threats. China responded by saying the report could damage relations with the U.S.

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