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Al-Qaida: Now Vying For Hearts, Minds And Land

The terrorist network has been testing a new strategy: trying to capture territory and win over citizens by governing them and providing social services. The group failed in Iraq, but is still trying in Somalia, Yemen and, most recently, in the northern deserts of Mali.
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An Olympic-Sized Outrage Grows Over French Fry Sales At The Games

McDonald's deal to block others from selling fries at the Olympics is giving some people heartburn. Hear more tonight on All Things Considered, and check out our Storify of what we're reading now.
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Stephan Talty: "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day"

The D-Day invasion of Normandy was pivotal to the outcome of World War II. The story of a double agent who helped shape this battle and defeat the Nazis.

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Heir To Billions Arrested In Wife's Death

Hans Kristian Rausing comes from one of Sweden's wealthiest families. On Monday, his American-born wife Eva was found dead in their London home. The couple had struggled with drug additions.
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English Soccer's John Terry Found Not Guilty Of Racial Abuse

He had been accused of hurling racial insults at an opponent. The case has been front-page news in Britain. But a magistrate said today that there was doubt about whether Terry's words were meant as an insult.
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Destruction Of Timbuktu's Treasures Continues; Humanitarian Crisis Looms

Islamist extremists have been knocking down centuries-old tombs and other sites sacred to Sufis. Little can be done to stop them. There's no effective government in Mali. The democratically elected president was toppled in a coup earlier this year.
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200 Feared Dead In Syria's Bloodiest Day So Far

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has been trying to broker a ceasefire in Syria, says he is "shocked and appalled" by the reports. Activists say the town of Tremseh has been attacked by government tanks and helicopter gunships.
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Lebanese Tire Of Protesters Using Tires

People in Beirut are sick of political protests. Demonstrators have been blocking highways with burning tires. On Thursday, they held a protest using tires against protests using tires. Instead of burning the tires in the street, they painted the tires many colors.

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