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Friday News Roundup - International

The U.S. and Russia lay the groundwork for Syrian diplomacy. A political kidnapping in Pakistan ahead of elections. And another garment industry tragedy occurs in Bangladesh. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Republicans Vow To Keep Pressure On Benghazi Probe

A House committee held a hearing Wednesday into last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The event has been a key political weapon for Republicans, first against President Obama's re-election campaign, and now against then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.
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Chinese Police Clamp Down On Protesters After Worker's Death

Hundreds of police were deployed in southern Beijing Wednesday to quell a large protest after a migrant worker fell to her death at a clothing mall. Police say it was suicide, but there are reports the woman was gang-raped by security guards. Her family is asking for a proper investigation.
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Scientist Stephen Hawking To Boycott Israeli Conference

The physicist said his decision as based on the advice of his Palestinian contacts. Hawking is one of the most prominent figures to join the academic boycott of the Jewish state. His decision has been criticized and labeled hypocritical.
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Death Toll Tops 800 In Bangladesh Factory Collapse

The latest death toll comes as recovery efforts continue at the eight-story complex that collapsed last month.
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Witnesses Relate Frustration Over Response To Benghazi Attack

Three witnesses, billed as whistle-blowers, expressed sadness and frustration with how the military and White House responded to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed the U.S. ambassador.
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U.S. Diplomat Reports Little Help During Benghazi Attacks

A congressional committee on Wednesday heard testimony from three witnesses about the events that led to deaths of four Americans at Benghazi in September, 2012. The Benghazi attack has become a political controversy — Republicans accuse the Obama administration of mishandling security there and of misleading the American public after the attack. One new allegation: that a four-person team set to deploy to Benghazi the night of the attack was told not to go.

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