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'Five Star Billionaire' Shows The Human Cost Of Progress

Tash Aw's Five Star Billionaire, set in Shanghai, explores the dynamic tumult of that city. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that Aw, with gentle compassion and keen understanding, shows his characters succumb to the lure of a city where everything seems possible.
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At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss

Majority ownership of the Soria Moria hotel in Siem Reap now includes all 29 full-time employees, putting control of the hotel in the hands of workers who may have never had this kind of opportunity before.
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Two Former Popes Approved For Sainthood

Pope Francis has cleared the way for Pope John Paul II to be canonized after approving a second miracle attributed to his intercession. And Francis also approved Pope John XXIII for sainthood, even though he his not credited with a second miracle. In approving the canonization of both, the new Pope has pleased both conservatives and reformers in the Catholic Church.
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Energy Crisis Cripples Pakistan's Economy

One business that flourishes in Pakistan these days is the generator business. Pakistan's chronic power outages are worsening amid stifling summer heat. Incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he has a plan but many are skeptical.
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Americans' Dining Technique Was Long-Abandoned By French

From the European viewpoint, the American style of cutting food can look absurdly inefficient and outdated. Slate contributor Mark Vanhoenacker explains that Americans inherited their "cut-and-switch" table habit from 18th century Frenchmen. The French long ago abandoned the decorative way of eating, but Vanhoenacker tells Audie Cornish, the Americans somehow have held on tight.
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Thousands Of Protesters Stage Opposing Rallies In Cairo

Friday saw a very tense situation in Cairo. Anti-Morsi crowds filled Tahrir Square and pro-Morsi crowds gathered on the Sixth of October bridge. There were skirmishes between the two groups but no major clashes. There was also almost no police presence in the area, except in helicopters flying above the fray. There were also confrontations in Alexandria.
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Recordings Capture Murdoch's Anger At 'Sun' Investigations

Newly released audio tapes capture News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch expressing contempt at the investigation that has embroiled his top-selling newspaper in corruption charges in the U.K. Murdoch was recorded saying he probably panicked by cooperating so fully with Scotland Yard — and told reporters at the Sun that paying cops for information has been a practice in the British press for more than a century.
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Egyptian Ambassador: 'It's Not A Military Coup'

Robert Siegel speaks with Egypt's ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Tawfik, following the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
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Morsi's Ousting Prompts Strong Reactions Around Middle East

The immediate reaction to the military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi reveals how political and religious fault lines have shifted in the region. Saudi Arabia, an Islamist theocracy, quickly praised the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group Riyadh sees as a rival. Also cheering was Syria's Bashar al-Assad, whom the Saudis are trying to help force from power. Assad declared that the Egyptian coup marks "the fall of political Islam." Turkey, ruled by a party with roots in political Islam, voiced dismay at the developments, which echo the military coups that plagued Turkey from 1960 through the end of the 20th century. As in Egypt, the Turkish military was deeply entrenched in economic and political life, and analysts suggest that if history is any guide, Egyptians now face a long uncertain road ahead.
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Florida Family, Historic Yacht Presumed Lost Off New Zealand

An intense search for an American family sailing the rough seas between New Zealand and Australia has ended after two weeks of fruitless attempts to find their sailboat.

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