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From Iowa To Russia, Tractors Build Economic Bridge

Russia has one of the world's 10 biggest economies, but it isn't even among the top 30 U.S. trading partners. A new John Deere plant there shows the complications of that relationship. To avoid tariffs, tractors and combines are built in Iowa, then taken apart and shipped to Russia, where they're reassembled.
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To Fight HIV, Indian Health Workers Say Homosexuality Must Be Legal

Public health workers are advocating to keep homosexuality legal to fight against HIV/AIDS. India's Supreme Court began a six-week-long recess today without ruling on homosexuality, which has captivated many in the country.
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At Basque Cooking Clubs, Food And Fraternity Mix Heartily

Txokos are bustling, food-centered social clubs, somewhere between dinner party and fraternal lodge. And Basques often point to txokos to explain their renowned cuisine and wealth of Michelin-starred restaurants like Arzak and Mugaritz.
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India Debates Re-Banning Homosexuality

India's Supreme Court is now weighing arguments by opponents and proponents of legal homosexuality. Same-sex relationships were decriminalized in 2009, but a number of political, social and religious groups are fighting to reinstate a colonial-era law that punished homosexual acts with prison time. Public health workers say legal recognition of India's gay community is critical in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
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Europe's Austerity Plans Face Growing Backlash

In Greece, the politicians can't agree on a new government. In Spain, the health of the banks is in doubt. Europe's austerity plans are generating increasing opposition, and the Continent's economic crisis appears to be growing more urgent.

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