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France On Alert, Closing Embassies, After Magazine Publishes Muhammad Cartoons

The weekly Charlie Hebdo has courted such controversy before. Its offices were firebombed last November after another issue that satirized the prophet. The new cartoons come amid high tensions over an anti-Islam video.
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Japan Shocked By China's Fury Over Island Dispute

The head of Japan's Foreign Trade Council says China has started to delay imports of Japanese products. It's a replay of the de facto trade sanctions China imposed two years ago during a similar flare-up of tensions. The most recent confrontation was sparked by Japan's purchase of disputed islands which China claims sovereignty over. In Japan, the response to the more than a week of anti-Japanese protests across China has been shock.
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Text Reignites Debate: Did Jesus Have A Wife?

A Harvard researcher says a "new gospel" written on a fragment of papyrus shows some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife. The fragment — which scholars believe was written in the fourth century — is creating a sensation among New Testament experts.
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Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First U.S. Trip In Decades

Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has gone from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman and now she's in Washington to pick up numerous awards, including the highest honor from Congress. Her first public appearance is at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she will speak along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who visited Suu Kyi's house in Burma.
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U.S.-Afghan Patrols Halted After Insider Attacks

The U.S. command in Afghanistan has suspended joint patrols by U.S. and Afghan forces. The move comes as the military tries to figure out how to stop insider attacks by Afghans against U.S. and NATO troops.
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Newsweek's 'Muslim Rage' Cover Mocked On Twitter

Audie Cornish talks to Cairo-based journalist Ashraf Khalil about the sarcastic Twitter response to a Newsweek cover story headlined "Muslim Rage." The story was about violent protests in the Muslim world that were sparked by an online video that denigrates Islam's Prophet Mohammed.

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