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In Kabul, A Juggling Act That Offers Joy For Afghan Kids

It's an expected sight in the Afghan capital: a hundred boys and girls — on foot, stilts and unicycles — juggling tennis balls and batons. The parade was part of the national juggling championship. Organizers hope juggling builds self-confidence in children who've known only war in their lifetimes.
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Sun, Sand And The Seine: The Beach Comes To Paris

Each summer, 5,000 tons of sand and nearly 100 palm trees transform a half-mile stretch along river into a beach paradise with volleyball, ice cream stands and sunbathing. Especially now, Paris Plage is a real boon for those who can't afford a more extravagant vacation.
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U.S. Investigators Launch Probe Of JPMorgan Chase In China

The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation of JPMorgan Chase's operations in China, reportedly looking into whether the investment bank hired the children of high-ranking Chinese government officials in an effort to secure business.
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Koreas Set Talks To Resume Cross-Border Family Reunions

Next month the two sides will discuss possibly resuming the meetings between relatives from North and South who have been separated since the 1950-53 Korean War.
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China's Disgraced Politician Bo Xilai Goes On Trial This Week

The former party chief of Chongqing is charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power.
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Scotland Yard 'Assessing' New Information In Diana Death

London's Metropolitan Police says it's looking into the "relevance and credibility" of the information, but is not reopening an investigation.
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Philippine Navy Still Hopes For Survivors From Ferry Crash

Some 35 people are confirmed dead and 80 still missing after a collision between the MV Thomas Aquinas and a cargo ship near Cebu on Friday.
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Egypt Tense After Bloody Crackdown On Protests

The army has kept several large squares locked down on Sunday in an effort to prevent further demonstrations, a day after security forces stormed a mosque where supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi were holed up.
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Egypt On Edge After A Week Of Deadly Violence

Clashes continue between supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and those who support the military which pushed him out of power. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Peter Kenyon about the latest news.
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Executions In China Declining

Though the numbers are a state secret, it's believed that some 3,000 people were put to death last year. That's down from an average of 15,000 per year in the 1990s. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Gady Epstein, China correspondent for The Economist magazine.

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