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International Adoptions On Downward Trend

President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. U.S. adoptions from Russia had already been on the decline over the last several years — reflecting a broader downward trend in international adoptions. For more on adoption trends, host Audie Cornish talks with Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.
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Suicide Hotline Fights To Keep Vets And Troops Alive

For the first time in a decade of war, more active-duty troops took their own lives this year than died fighting in Afghanistan. The national suicide hotline is one way the Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to help troops and vets.
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Out Of Desperation, North Korean Women Become Breadwinners

In North Korea, profound social change is happening beyond the view of the outside world. The pressure of national ideology has forced women to become the primary breadwinners in many households — dramatically redrawing gender roles in the process.
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The Year In Tweets

President Obama might have had the top tweet this year, but a lot of other notable things were said and discussed on Twitter in 2012. Host Michel Martin gets a breakdown of the year's top tweets from Keli Goff of The Root and blogger Viviana Hurtado of The Wise Latina Club.
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Present Thief Nabbed In France

A thief stole brightly wrapped presents, which a French family had left in an unlocked car. But the thief left his cell phone behind. When the family went to the police station to report the theft, the alleged thief was there too, reporting his lost phone.
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U.S. Families Stunned By Russia's Ban On Adoptions

An estimated 1,500 American families are in the process of adopting from Russia. About 50 have already been matched with a child. Now, their plans are in limbo. Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed a law barring U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
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Doctors Battle To Save Gang-Rape Victim's Life

The Indian woman gang-raped in New Delhi more than a week ago remains in extremely critical condition after being flown to a hospital in Singapore. The attack launched a wave of protests by demonstrators angry at what they see as the government's apparent inability to stop widespread sexual violence against women in India.

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