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Talks In Mideast May Hinge On Two-State Solution

Israel and Palestine started another round of peace talks this week. Will this be different from past meetings between the two countries? Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Marwan Muasher of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about what these peace talks need to succeed in a changing Middle East.
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The Bob Dylan Of Iran

Singer Mohsen Namjoo was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for songs disparaging the Koran. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Namjoo on the day before Hassan Rouhani is sworn in as president.
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Bhutan's New Prime Minister Says Happiness Isn't Everything

Bhutan's Gross National Happiness index has gained currency at home and abroad since in recent years, but the new premier signals there are more pressing problems.
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Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the three men convicted of murder, piracy and kidnapping in the 2011 seizure of a yacht off the coast of Oman.
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Reviving Middle East Peace Talks

Kojo explores the art of international negotiation and finds out what could set the newly launched Middle East peace talks apart from past failed attempts.

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U.S. State Department Cautiously On Alert

U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world will be closed on Sunday and possible for longer. The State Department says it is taking the step "out of an abundance of caution" and wouldn't say if they are receiving direct threats. Members of Congress say there are concerns about an al-Qaida-linked attack. Last year, the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in Benghazi, along with three other Americans. At that time, there were also violent protests at U.S. embassies in Cairo and Tunisia.
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In Egypt, 'Third Square' Protesters Seek Middle Road

Growing numbers of Egyptians are turning against the generals, politicians and youth group credited with sparking the popular groundswell that led to the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi less than a month ago. Some are joining Third Square, a new movement that's emerged as a result of growing discontent.
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Gay Bars Join Russia Protests By Boycotting Stoli

Gay bars from West Hollywood to London are condemning Russia's anti-gay laws by shunning one of its most iconic exports: vodka. The foremost brand affected by the boycott is Stolichnaya, or Stoli. The company says it's being wrongfully targeted.
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Weakening Yen Strengthens Toyota's Profits

Friday, Toyota announced that it nearly doubled its quarterly profit over one year ago. The robust earnings were largely due to the weakening of the Yen, brought on by the economic policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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State Department Issues Travel Warning

State Department officials are issuing travel warnings at D.C.'s international airports to those heading to the Middle East.

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