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Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification

First came the day trips for foreigner tourists to the shantytowns. Now, young Westerners are living in formerly no-go areas — with yoga classes and sushi restaurants following. Business is booming in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, but some residents complain they're being priced out of the market.
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Readers' Review: "Woman At Point Zero" By Nawal El Saadawi

"Woman at Point Zero" is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty end with her facing execution at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism.


Koreas Agree To First High-Level Talks In Years

North Korea says it's willing to have a dialogue with South Korea on reopening a jointly run factory complex and hints at the possibility of discussing broader bilateral issues.
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Friday News Roundup - International

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including anti-government protests in Turkey, the capture of a key town by Syrian troops with help from Hezbollah and President Barack Obama's high-profile summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.


China's President Lays Groundwork For Better U.S. Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping says he wants to build a new great power relationship with the United States at this week's summit with President Obama. What does he mean by that, and what are the implications for the U.S.?

Samantha Power Picked To Take Over For Rice At U.N.

President Obama has named a former journalist and activist to represent him at the United Nations. If confirmed, Samantha Power will replace Ambassador Susan Rice, who is returning to the White House to become national security adviser. Power's supporters see her as a voice of conscience in the Obama administration, an advocate for humanitarian interventions.