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U.S. Stands Firm On Decision Not To Arm Syrian Rebels

A decade ago, as the U.S. led an intervention to Iraq, France stood on the sidelines and members of Congress were so furious that they renamed French fries in the cafeteria as freedom fries. Ten years later, some lawmakers are urging the U.S. to follow the French lead in Syria. France, along with Britain, says it's time to arm the Syrian rebels and tip the military balance to force President Bashar al-Assad out of power. France has also taken a leading role in recent years in Libya, Mali and even on Iran.
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Chinua Achebe And The Bravery Of Lions

The world-famous Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died. Annalisa Quinn reflects on the legacy of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart.
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Beta Israel: Snapshots Of The Ethiopian Jewish Community

Photographer Ilan Ossendryver admits he didn't know much about Ethiopian Jews before receiving an assignment to cover their migration to Israel.
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Nigeria's Outspoken Writer Chinua Achebe Dies At 82

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature, has died. The author of Things Fall Apart was 82.
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Scientists Use Antacid To Help Measure The Rate Of Reef Growth

There's some evidence that carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere has slowed the development of coral reefs. So researchers are adding antacid to the water in a tiny part of the Great Barrier Reef, to see whether the corals will grow faster if their water supply is less acidic.
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Moscow First Stop For New Chinese Leader

Xi Jinping follows in his predecessor's footsteps by making a visit with his Russian counterpart the top priority.
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Cyprus Gets Cold Shoulder From Russia On Bailout Aid

The Mediterranean island nation was hoping for new terms on an existing loan and a new line of credit from Moscow to help it stave off default.

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