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U.K. Warns Scotland: Vote To Secede, Lose Common Currency

Scots vote in a referendum on independence from the U.K. in September, and the pro-independence leader had previously said the new country would retain the pound as its currency. The message from London on Thursday: Not so fast.
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Syrian Unrest Explodes Into Beirut Suburbs

Beirut's sprawling southern suburb used to be a lively place, with cafes and juice bars spilling onto the streets. But it's also an area where Hezbollah enjoys wide support, and as the group has got more involved in the Syrian conflict, there have been repercussions for its supporters in the form of car bombs. The once-vibrant area is now filling sandbags and putting up blast walls — though a feisty spirit endures.
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No-Confidence Vote Ushers In Italy's Youngest-Ever Premier

Enrico Letta's 10-month-old government failed to stimulate growth amid the country's worst post-war recession. One of his harshest critics, 39-year-old Matteo Renzi, is next in line.
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In A Damp Country, Record-Breaking Rains Flood Britain

Britons are accustomed to rain. But the wettest January in British history has led to extensive flooding and forced many to flee their homes for extended periods. And there's no relief in sight.
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Belgian Lawmakers Extend Euthanasia To Terminally Ill Children

The country's king, who must approve the measure, isn't expected to oppose it. Belgium already allows terminally ill people over the age of 18 to choose doctor-assisted death.
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Apple Steps Up The Pressure On 'Conflict Minerals'

The maker of the iPhone has announced that its suppliers are no longer using the mineral tantalum sourced from conflict regions. Apple says it is listing all of its smelters and refiners and the status of the minerals they use.
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China's Moon Rover Wakes Up, But Isn't Out Of The Woods Yet

Ground controllers are no doubt happy that the Jade Rabbit rover survived the lunar night, though a potentially mission-ending mechanical problem has yet to be fixed.
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Why Stuart Hall Was The 'Godfather Of Multiculturalism'

The late sociologist Stuart Hall is known as the "Godfather of Multiculturalism." Host Michel Martin looks at his legacy with professor Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University.
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Afro Latino Music: Reimagining Songs Rooted In The Slave Trade

Afro Latino music is on the rise in Latin America. The music has roots in the slave trade, but artists are putting a modern spin on old songs. Host Michel Martin hears more from AltLatino's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd.
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Afghans Release 65 Prisoners The U.S. Deems Dangerous

The men were released over the strong objections of U.S. military commanders, who say the 65 include some who have attacked soldiers and civilians. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai says there isn't enough evidence to justify holding the prisoners.

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