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Dissident Leaves China For U.S.

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his family are due to arrive in Newark this evening after a surprise early-morning flight from Beijing. Host Guy Raz gets the latest from NPR's Michele Kelemen, who's been following the story.
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China's New Plan: A Great Leap Into The Air

China's newest five-year plan aims to make the country an aerospace powerhouse — and indirectly, a more modern, prosperous, sophisticated industrial nation. The plan would help Chinese companies expand outside national borders and grab a chunk of the aerospace market — but will it succeed?
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Oldest Woman To Summit Everest Breaks Record A Second Time

Tamae Watanabe, 73, reached the summit of the world's tallest mountain this morning. The last time she was crowned the oldest woman to climb Everest was 10 years ago.
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In Group Of Eight, A Lack Of Leadership?

This week's G-8 summit comes at a time when all of the member countries face tough economic and political problems. Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, questioned what the G-8 can accomplish in an article for ForeignPolicy.com. Host Scott Simon talks with Bremmer about whether the group still matters.
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Olympic Flame Flies To United Kingdom

The flame for the London Olympics, which was ignited by the rays of the sun in the 2,800-year-old Temple of Hera in Greece, arrives in the UK Saturday. It was carried from Olympia in a lantern that flew aboard a gold-painted plane. Vicki Barker has more on the flame's relay race to London.
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Chinese Activist Leaves Beijing For U.S.

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his family have been cleared to leave China and travel to the U.S. They are scheduled to land in Newark, N.J., on Saturday afternoon. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Frank Langfitt about the latest developments.
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Violence Haunts Zimbabwe Ahead Of Elections

Zimbabwe's 2008 elections were marred by extreme violence. In the aftermath, the country's two main political parties were forced to share power. Now, elections are once again on the horizon. As Anders Kelto reports, the violence is escalating while many are still trying to heal.

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