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'Bless Me, Ultima' Role A 'Gift From Heaven'

The new film adaptation, Bless Me, Ultima, tells a story of witchcraft and religion during 1940s New Mexico. The film is based on a popular, but controversial novel that was a staple of Chicano lit. Puerto Rican actress Miriam Colon talks with host Michel Martin about playing the role of Ultima.
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French Commander Cautious About Al-Qaida Leaders' Deaths

The head of France's joint chiefs of staff says he thinks one of the leaders, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, is probably dead, but he's less certain about Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The government of Chad over the weekend said the leaders had been killed in fighting in Mali.
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Queen Elizabeth II Leaves Hospital

The 86-year-old monarch was taken to a London hospital over the weekend to be treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.
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Dennis Rodman's Take On The North Korean Regime

The former basketball star says despite an atrocious human rights record and threats to destroy the U.S., Kim Jong Un is humble, peaceful and loved by his people.
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Prayers, Oaths Of Secrecy As Catholic Cardinals Meet

The College of Cardinals must first decide on a date for the start of the conclave at which the new pope will be elected. It's likely they'll decide to start sometime next week. Pope Benedict XVI officially stepped down last Thursday.
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Cardinals At Odds Over When To Begin Choosing Next Pope

The College of Cardinals is holding its first official meetings Monday at the Vatican. Some want the conclave to start as soon as possible; others want time to get to know each other. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has posed challenges for the cardinals as they set out to choose the next pope.
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Ethnic Violence Haunts Kenya's Presidential Election

In the East African nation of Kenya, voters are choosing the next president. Of greatest concern is whether these polls will provoke the same amount of deadly ethnic violence as the elections five years ago. More than 1,000 people were killed during voting in that election.

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