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China, On The Eve Of A New Presidency

China has been plagued by political scandal and controversy, just as the Communist government prepares for its once-a-decade transfer of power. It's an important moment for the government, which faces questions about how its economy will be governed and how it will handle deal with foreign powers.
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Netanyahu Presses Case For Stronger 'Red Lines'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the U.N. Thursday. He pressed his case for stronger "red lines" to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center talks about recent U.N. speeches and debate over Iran's nuclear program.
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Abbas Repeats Accusation That Israel Is Waging 'Campaign Of Ethnic Cleansing'

The president of the Palestinian Authority also said his people are seeking recognition as a "non-member state" of the U.N. — though they continue to want full member status.
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At U.N. Myanmar Leader Praises Suu Kyi, Highlights Changes

Myanmar President Thein Sein mentioned activist Aung San Suu Kyi during his speech at the U.N., believed to be the first time a Myanmar leader has done so. He laid out the country's democratic transformation so far, and addressed the sensitive subject of ethnic unrest in the Southeast Asian nation.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to the United Nations on Iran the day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against Israel and what he called the "bullying" foreign policy of the United States. The U.N.'s refugee relief agency says between 2,000 and 3,000 people are fleeing Syria every day and appealed for $490 million to deal with the crisis. And protesters take to the streets in Greece and Spain over austerity measures. Nadia Bilbassy of MBC TV, Matt Frei of UK Channel 4 and Anne Gearan of The Washington Post join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Photos: Inside And Around North Korea's Still-Unfinished 'Hotel Of Doom'

The 105-story skyscraper has been under construction for 25 years. A tour company has released photos showing where things stand and says the hotel may finally be finished in two or three years.

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