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U.S. Tax Fight: The view From Asia

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with Demetri Sevastopulo, the Asia news editor for the Financial Times, about how people in Hong Kong and elsewhere in China view America's budget problems and the so-called "fiscal cliff."
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Ach! No End In Sight For Berlin Airport Woes

The new international airport in Berlin has become a major embarrassment to Germany. The airport was supposed to replace the three airports that operated in the once-divided city. But with major cost overruns and safety issues, the project has been delayed three times already.
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Joint U.S.-Afghan Base Attacked By Taliban In Eastern Afghanistan

The Associated Press and the BBC are reporting that a joint U.S.-Afghan base in eastern Afghanistan was attacked at that fighting is taking place.
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Now What? The State Of Palestinian Statehood

The U.N. General Assembly voted this week to upgrade Palestinians' status to "non-member observer state." It's a significant step, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says. But Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren says the move is actually a step back in the peace process.
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High Expectations Welcome Mexico's New President

It's Inauguration Day in Mexico. New President Enrique Pena Nieto inherits a country with a mixed record. Most of Mexico is embroiled in a deadly drug war, but also boasts an economy that is doing surprisingly well — thanks to the outgoing head of state, many say.
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Shutdowns Counter The Idea Of A World-Wide Web

The Internet shutdowns in Syria and Egypt have shown how governments can thwart activists who mobilize and promote their cause online. Some countries claim that control is their right, but will the rest of the world agree?
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Boats Keep Aid Flowing Along Amazon River

For some of the more isolated communities in Peru's Amazon, the river is the highway and the only way that goods and people get about. This means that getting medical attention can be a challenge, and that's where hospital ships come in.

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