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Friday News Roundup - International

The U.S. shifts support to front-line Syrian opposition groups. Ongoing disputes over the Benghazi, Libya, attack. And Russia expands its treason law. Diane and guests discuss the week’s top international stories, what happened and why.

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Day Of The Dead, Decoded: A Joyful Celebration Of Life And Food

The ancient Latin American holiday welcomes ancestors back to the earth for one day each year. Each element on the altar symbolizes a connection between the world of the living and the dead, so naturally, food and drink play a big part. Here we've deconstructed the altar and its meaning.
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A Crusading Journalist's Arrest Spurs Greek Anger

Just days ago, Kostas Vaxevanis published the names of Greeks who may have sent billions to Swiss bank accounts. Within hours, police issued a warrant for his arrest on charges that he violated data protection laws. Greeks angered by the case say they are paying the price for austerity while the rich continue to live large.
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Russia Set To Redefine Treason, Sparking Fears

The current law says treason is spying or helping a foreign state to harm Russia's national security. The new definition would include consulting for or advising foreign countries or organizations. Opponents say the language is so vague that it could potentially be used to punish anyone who has contacts with foreigners.
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Finding New Tricks To Get More Satisfaction Out Of Low-Fat Foods

While both thickness and creaminess sensations contribute to our eating satisfaction, thick foods keep us from feeling hungry longer, researchers say. That could help scientists in their continued quest to develop low-calorie foods that are more satisfying in the long run.
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New Visa System Marks New Phase In India-Pakistan Relations

Pakistan's Federal Cabinet ratified four agreements with neighboring India that are aimed at improving business, trade, and travel relations.
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Not Exactly A Boxing Capital, Kabul Stages A Championship Bout

Afghanistan's own Hamid Rahimi takes a World Boxing crown in a rare bout held in Kabul.
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As Economy Slows, China Looks For A New Model

China's economic growth has been spectacular for three decades. But now it's slowing and there's a growing debate about the need to revamp a system that's been built on major infrastructure projects at home and low-cost goods for export.

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