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Faltering Economy Threatens Pakistan's Stability

Adding to recent political unrest in Pakistan, poverty is rife and unemployment is growing as the population skyrockets. Analysts worry about the growing frustration, and that the jobless are an increasingly easy target for the Taliban.
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The Peanut Butter Cure Moves From Hospital To Snack Room

For over a decade, peanut butter paste supplements like Plumpy'Nut have saved children around the world from malnutrition. Now health officials want to use the packets not just to save starving kids, but to keep them healthy in the first place. But will it work?
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Despite Greek Economy, Athens Cupcake Business Thrives

The American owner of Hamptons Cupcakes has some beefs with the bureaucracy, but lots of optimism about the country in which she chose to develop her business. She recently opened her third bakery.
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Protests Erupt In Iran Over Devalued Currency

Audie Cornish talks with Thomas Erdbrink of the New York Times about protests Wednesday in Tehran over the plunging value of the rial, the country's currency.
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GOP Seizes On Shifting Accounts Of Libya Attack

When the Libyan consulate was attacked and the American ambassador killed, the immediate word from the administration was that the strike was a spontaneous reaction to a controversial film. In the immediate aftermath, Republican challenger Mitt Romney harshly criticized the Obama administration and soon found himself at the center of controversy. In the weeks since, however, the administration story has evolved and now a congressional hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week.
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Iran's Ahmadinejad Could Become Scapegoat For Sanction Woes

As U.S. and European sanctions cause unrest in Iran, the ruling clerics may want to ditch the country's flamboyant president.
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In Nigerian Gold Rush, Lead Poisons Thousands Of Children

In northern Nigeria, some miners use crude methods to extract raw gold ore — a practice fueled by rising gold prices. But the gold here is embedded in lead, and the dust kicked up by this dirty and illegal mining has killed hundreds of children and sickened thousands more. Experts say this may be the worst case of lead poisoning in recent history.

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