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Pakistan Elections: Sharif Victory Seen, Completing Comeback

Nearly 14 years after being ousted from power by a military coup, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is poised to lead the country once again. The victory would mark a distinct turnabout for Sharif, who was toppled in 1999 and replaced by Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
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Syrian Rebels Release U.N. Peacekeepers Near Golan Heights

Four Filipino peacekeepers are now free, days after being abducted by Syrian rebels. They had been patrolling an area that divides Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Rebels from the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade said the four had been held for their own protection. But Filipino officials say they were used as human shields.
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Early Results In Pakistan Point To Ex-Premier

Partial, unofficial election results in Pakistan show former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party as the clear victor. Defying militant threats millions of voters turned out and sent the incumbent Pakistan People's Party packing after five years of rule marked by corruption allegations and a failing economy. Host Rachel Martin gets more on the election from NPR's Julie McCarthy in Lahore.
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C-Sections Deliver Cachet For Wealthy Brazilian Women

Brazil's economic boom has driven the demand for births by caesarean section. Some 80 to 90 percent of women in private hospitals deliver this way. Proponents say it allows mothers and doctors to better organize their time. Critics say the procedure drives up costs and may cause complications.

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