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Studying Oscar Pistorius: Does The 'Blade Runner' Have An Advantage? [Video]

South African Oscar Pistorius will run on artificial legs in the 400-meter Olympic sprint preliminaries in London Saturday. Pistorius is a double amputee who runs world-class times on his carbon-fiber limbs. Some question whether he has an unfair edge — so a lab studied his running motion.
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Is Assad Carving Out A Haven For Syria's Alawites?

Questions are growing about the fate of President Bashar Assad's regime. One possibility is the creation of a breakaway region in the northwest coastal mountains dominated by the president's Alawite minority. Analysts say it would be a disaster politically and economically for Assad and the region.
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Feminist Punk Band, Imprisoned For Five Months, Gets Next Gig: Russian Courtroom

Three members of the band, which staged a protest of Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox cathedral in February, face up to seven years in prison. They pleaded not guilty on Monday.
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India's Huge Blackout Leaves Millions Without Power

A massive power cut in India left more than 300 million people — about a quarter of the population — without electricity on Monday. The cause of the collapse of the northern Indian power grid is still being investigated, but resulted in blackouts across at least eight Indian states. With no lights or hot water at home, millions of Indians then had to face a long struggle to get to work because trains were stopped and roads were jammed by lack of power for stop lights.
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After Israel, Romney Leaves Controversy In His Wake

Mitt Romney is now in Poland, on the third leg of his overseas tour. But before he left Israel this morning, comments made at a fundraiser upset members of the Palestinian leadership. Romney was discussing the gulf between the per capita GDP of Israel and the GDP of areas managed by the Palestinian Authority. He pointed out that some economic historians have theorized that "culture makes all the difference." Some have called his remarks "racist." The campaign says Romney's words were taken out of context.
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Jihadists Play Growing Role In Syrian Conflict

Audie Cornish speaks with Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation about the increasing role that jihadists and foreign fighters are playing in the Syrian conflict.
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Olympic Cauldron Is Put Out, Then Relit, In London

Just when the discussion over the London Olympics' opening ceremony was being overshadowed by actual sporting events at the Summer Games, news emerges Monday that the Olympic cauldron was extinguished Sunday night, so that workers could move it to another part of the stadium.
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An Athlete's Ramadan Dilemma: To Fast or Not?

The London Olympics are underway, and so is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And that's left many Muslim athletes facing a dilemma — to fast or not to fast? For more on how athletes are dealing with this bind, host Michel Martin talks with Al Jazeera English's Lee Wellings.

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