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With Egyptian Press On Trial, Space For Dissent Is In Question

Thursday marks the opening day of a Cairo trial for Al-Jazeera journalists, who have been jailed on terrorism charges. The case is a sign of the dangerous conditions for the press in Egypt.
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Scientists Fear Ecological Disaster In Nicaragua's Planned Canal

The head of Nicaragua's Academy of Sciences says the plan for a new Central American shipping channel seems so crazy that he's having trouble persuading conservation groups to take it seriously.
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In Syria, Neighboring Militant Group Shifts Weight To Step In

With Syria peace talks in paralysis, Lebanon's Hezbollah is primed for a long continuation of this horrific war. The group, founded on resisting Israeli occupation, is now embracing the war next door.
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Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator

Josef Stalin watched Charlie Chaplin movies and signed execution orders at his summer villa in Sochi. It's now a museum, where the ruthless Soviet leader's paranoia is on full display.
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These Reindeer Really Do Glow, And It's For Their Own Good

It's not Rudolph's nose that's red. Herders in Finland are experimenting with fluorescent paint on their animals' antlers and fur. They hope to reduce the 4,000 reindeer deaths on highways each year.
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VIDEO: Pussy Riot Defies Ban On Sochi Protests, Skewers Putin

The punk protesters have released a new song — "Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland" — and the video they made while at the site of the Winter Olympics.
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3 Al-Jazeera Journalists In Egypt Plead Not Guilty To Terrorist Links

Australian Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed, have been held in Cairo since their arrest in December. They've been accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.
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New Show Challenges Idea That 'Nobody Cares About The Caribbean?'

Former Jamaican Beauty Queen and Bloomberg journalist, Zahra Burton set up her own news show. Burton tells host Michel Martin about 18 Degrees North which brings news of the Caribbean to the world.
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North American Summit Like 'A Long But Rushed Lunch'

President Obama is back home after a meeting with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts at the summit of North American leaders. But one observer says the meeting was short on substance.
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Russia After Olympic Hockey Loss: 'Like A Massive Death In The Family'

Russian fans are devastated after their men's hockey team crashed out of the Olympics without a medal. William Douglas of the McClatchy news service updates Michel Martin on the latest from Sochi.

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