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Syrian Prime Minister Defects To Jordan

Syrian rebels say Prime Minister Riad Hijab fled to neighboring Jordan just two months after he was appointed to the post. The rebels say three other ministers also defected.
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Gunmen Attack Egyptian Checkpoint, Kill 15

Islamist militants attacked a military checkpoint on the Sinai Peninsula Sunday, killing at least 15 Egyptian forces. The gunmen then commandeered two armored vehicles and tried to storm through a checkpoint into the Gaza Strip. One vehicle exploded, and the Israeli military destroyed the other.
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Myanmar's Workers Exercise Rights To Organize

Political and economic changes in Myanmar have fueled a wave of labor unrest in the country also known as Burma. Myanmar is in the very early stages of industrial development and has some of the lowest wages in the world. Wages are unlikely to reach levels seen elsewhere in the region anytime soon.
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Jamaica's Bolt Retains Title As 'World's Fastest Man'

As he did four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt won the men's 100-meter sprint. On Sunday, Bolt ran his second fastest time ever — an Olympic record — 9.63 seconds.
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Summer Weddings Buoy Economy Of Small Greek Island

The Greek economic crisis has barely grazed the tiny island of Folegandros. It lives off boutique tourism and island weddings that keep its small hotels, windmill houses and tavernas full. Joanna Kakissis sends a postcard of a very multinational wedding on the island.
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Power Outage Exposes India-China Contrasts

India's massive power outages last week shocked many people who thought that India was on course to become a new economic super power, like China, where such outages are unheard of. NPR's Julie McCarthy and Frank Langfitt join guest host Linda Wertheimer to discuss attitudes toward infrastructure in the two emerging economies.
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Nailbiters And Tiebreakers In London Olympics

It was a big day for sprinters in track and field Saturday. NPR's Mike Pesca joins guest host Linda Wertheimer with news from the 2012 London Olympics and the many ways to break a tie.

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