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VIDEO: Russian Hovercraft Storms Ashore, Surprises Beachgoers

A video shows the 187-foot-long air-cushion vessel — the world's largest — gliding up on the sand as stunned sunbathers make way.
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Mubarak Released From Prison, Now Under House Arrest

The 85-year-old former president of Egypt is now under house arrest while he awaits a retrial on charges related to the deaths of protesters during the 2011 demonstrations that toppled his regime. He reportedly was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Cairo.
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New Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking

An estimated 20 million people are trafficked into prostitution or forced labor worldwide. A British survivor tells her story of how she was forced into the sex trade. A panel of guests discusses new efforts to combat modern slavery.

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Washington Dysfunction And U.S. Credibility Abroad

A government shutdown and looming debt crisis are putting American credibility on the line. How dysfunction at home affects U.S. standing abroad.

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Chemical Weapons Claims Spur Calls For Force Against Syria

Opposition forces say chemical weapons deployed by the Assad regime killed scores of people on Wednesday. The regime rejects that charge. The claim has some diplomats warning that it may be time for other nations to step in militarily.
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Airline Offers Upgrade To Sit In Child-Free Zone

If you board a plane excited for your trip but dreading the possibility of a baby crying, this news is for you. The budget arm of Singapore Airlines — called Scoot — is offering a $14 upgrade to sit in a child-free zone — no one under 12 allowed.
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Madrid Creates 'Acoustic Protection Zone'

In downtown Madrid, music floats through the air — amateur musicians playing for money. But many are not that good. To shield residents from mediocre musicianship, the city created an "acoustic protection zone." Buskers who wish to perform will be talent tested.
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Opposition Accuses Syria's Regime Of Chemical Weapons Attack

The United Nation's is calling for an investigation into whether the Syrian government launched a gas attack on suburbs of the capital Damascus. For more, David Greene talks to Abigail Fielding-Smith, who reports on Syria for the Financial Times from Beirut, Lebanon.
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U.N. Inspectors Try To Get To Site Of Alleged Syrian Attack

United Nations Weapons inspectors are already in Syria investigating previous allegations the Assad regime used chemical weapons. Renee Montagne talks to Charles Duelfer, a former U.N. weapons inspector, about this week's apparent evidence of a chemical attack on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
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Bo Xilai's High-Profile Trial Gets Underway In China

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai is on trial — accused of accepting bribes, corruption and abuse of power. Once a powerful Communist Party boss, Bo became the most senior leader to fall from power in years after revelations emerged that his wife had killed a British businessman.

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