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Letter: Kalashnikov Suffered Remorse Over Rifle He Invented

The designer of the AK-47, who died last month, reportedly wrote a 2012 letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church expressing "spiritual pain" over deaths caused by the weapon.
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'Weight Of The World' On Syrian Boy's Shoulders

Syrian teenager Omar al-Kurdi had to forfeit his schooling and childhood to become his refugee family's breadwinner. Journalist Farnaz Fassihi tells host Michel Martin more about her profile of the teenager's life in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture'

Francis, who has been criticized by some conservative Catholics for not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said the practice is "horrific."
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Thailand's Opposition Launches Mass Rallies To Close Bangkok

Demonstrators have vowed to continue the protests until Feb. 2 elections are called off and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is driven from office.
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Ariel Sharon Remembered As Man Of War And Peace

The former Israeli leader died Saturday. He was 85. Vice President Biden called Sharon an "indomitable bulldozer." Sharon was buried Monday on his ranch in southern Israel.
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Remembered

A memorial service was held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He died on Saturday at the age of 85 after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke. Current and former officials from around the world are in Israel, including Vice President Joe Biden.
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World's Longest Mobility Scooter Has Room For Chauffeur

A British company has accomplished a Guinness record: the world's longest mobility scooter. That's those four wheelers many seniors use to get around. The Limobilizer is a three-seater — room for two passengers and a chauffeur. It features a mini bar, ice bucket and sound-system.
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British Law Prohibits Intelligence Officers From Speeding

In other words, a real life James Bond could be pulled over for driving over 30 miles an hour in a city. This is changing now — if spies take a high-speed driving course.
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Lessons On Blindness, 'For The Benefit Of Those Who See'

Braille Without Borders was the first school for the blind in Tibet, founded by a German woman who is blind herself, Sabriya Tenberken. On assignment profiling Tenberken, writer Rosemary Mahoney had to face her own fear of losing her sight and challenge long-standing misconceptions about blindness.
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Kerry: 'No Other Alternative' To Ending Violence In Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris preparing for a long-delayed peace conference on Syria next week. He's urging the Syrian opposition to negotiate with a regime they've been trying to topple. The war in Syria has raged for three years and has befuddled the international community.

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