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Putin Flies With Migrating Cranes, Opines About Group Sex; Seriously

In just the past 24 hours he has mused about why group sex might be better than "one-on-one" and has been video taped flying a motorized hang glider in an attempt to lead some cranes on their migration south.
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European Central Bank Meets On Interest Rates

Investors around the world will be watching nervously to see what the head of the bank says about interest rates. Mario Draghi was recently quoted as saying he would do whatever it takes to keep Europe's debt crisis from growing. And that could mean using central bank resources to help lower the cost of borrowing from some of Europe's weaker economies.
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Colombian Government To Negotiate With Rebels

President Santos told his countrymen this week that Colombia has an opportunity like no other to end a war that began in 1964. That's when the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, took up arms to fight for agrarian reform. Colombia has tried and failed to negotiate with the Marxist rebel group three other times since the 1980s.
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'Godmother' Of Cocaine Trade Murdered In Colombia

Griselda Blanco was one of the first and one of the most violent Colombian drug smugglers in the 1970s and 80s. She was shot dead this week in Medellin by an unidentified gunman. Blanco was 69. For more on her life, David Greene talks to Billy Corben, the director of the movie Cocaine Cowboys.
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Oscar Pistorius Seeks Redemption In Race To Be The World's Fastest Amputee

At the Paralympics, the South African double amputee faces his rivals in the 100-meter sprint.
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Richard III's Remains May Reside Under Parking Lot

Archaeologists in Britain have begun looking for the remains of the last English king to die in battle. They believe King Richard III was buried under what is currently a parking lot in the city of Leicester. Robert Siegel talks to Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society, who has been at the dig site.
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Afghan Troops Vetted Again After U.S., NATO Attacks

A top U.S. general in Afghanistan says all 350,000 Afghan troops will be vetted once more in an effort to verify their loyalties and their backgrounds. Already the Afghans have removed as many as 300 Afghan troops who did not measure up. This year there has been a spate of insider attacks on U.S. and NATO troops.

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