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Administration Officials Defend Funding Request To Stem Border Crisis

President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October.
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Israel's Rocket Defense System Performs Well During Gaza Escalation

Israel's military says its rocket defense system, known as Iron Dome, has kept the country safe from Hamas rockets. The missile shield system may have its critics, but Israelis are still proud.
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An Update On Young Immigrants: From D.C., The Border And Beyond

Mara Liasson, Carrie Kahn and John Burnett discuss the big picture of the current immigration debate, and update us on the latest developments.
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In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress

President Obama knows he's unlikely to get support from Texas' predominantly Republican congressional delegation, but being rebuffed will make it easier for him to shift blame to the GOP.
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This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck

Off the coast of Tuscany, prisoners serving the end of their sentences are learning to make wine from a 30th-generation winemaker. It's a unique approach to rehabilitation that seems to be working.
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The Conundrum Of The Cup-Deprived: Brazilians Wonder Who To Root For

Brazilian soccer fans, in their grief over the national team's World Cup loss, now must decide whether to cheer for their archrival Argentina or Germany, the team that crushed their Cup dreams.
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After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone

China's one-child policy, introduced more than three decades ago, has had some unintended consequences. One is that, in the event of a child's death, many older parents lack a source of support.
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Life After Annexation: An Uneasy Return To Crimea

Since Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, says Neil MacFarquhar of The New York Times, the overriding sentiment there has been uncertainty. He speaks to Melissa Block about his experiences there.
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Amid Eroding Trust, Germany Expels America's Top Spy In Berlin

Germany has asked the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country. This comes as two Germans are under investigation for spying for the U.S. in Germany. While tensions between the allies are high, both countries are trying not to strain relations too far.
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In West Africa, Officials Target Ignorance And Fear Over Ebola

Health officials are trying to convince families to bring the ill to health centers and to change the way their bury their dead to rein in the disease, which has killed hundreds across the region.

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