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Germany Clears Next Big Step For Eurozone Recovery

Germany's Constitutional Court has approved the country's participation in the 500 billion euro fund to help ailing eurozone nations. Germany is by far the largest contributor to the European Stability Mechanism, as it's called. The court made clear that it will closely monitor Germany's involvement in future eurozone bail out initiatives.
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Syrian Documentary Producer Orwa Nyrabia Is Freed; Was Arrested Two Weeks Ago

A Syrian documentary film producer whose arrest two weeks ago prompted concerns for his safety and a letter of support from the Toronto International Film Festival is now free, according to reports. Orwa Nyrabia disappeared after heading to the airport in Damascus on Aug. 23.
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Russia's Medvedev Says Female Punk Rockers Should Go Free

Russia's No. 2 leader calls for band members sentenced last month to be released after three of them spent five months in jail awaiting trial.
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Blast Walls Or Open Arms? Diplomacy's Delicate Mix

In recent decades, many U.S. embassies have become virtual fortresses. The difficulties diplomats have in mingling freely in other countries complicates their task of gleaning information and promoting the U.S. message.
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Outrage Builds After U.S. Embassy Attacks

Ambassador Chris Stevens and four other Americans died Tuesday after a mob attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in protest of a film that mocks Islam. In Egypt, protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo. These attacks raise concerns about U.S. policy in the region.
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The Role For The U.S. In The South China Sea

As tensions mount between China and several neighboring countries over control in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. Sen. James Webb talks with NPR's Neal Conan about the role the United States can and should play in the growing disputes in the South China Sea.

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