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Syrian Conflict Continues Violent Spillover Into Lebanon

A massive car bomb explosion in one of Hezbollah's Beirut strongholds left dozens of people wounded. It's the latest and deadliest response to the militant group's moves to support the embattled Syrian government's battle against rebel forces.
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Despite Scandal, Wall Street Lines Up To Bid For LIBOR

LIBOR — the London interbank offered rate — is being sold. How can an interest rate be sold? Well, like anything that is a brand name, LIBOR has value, even if that value has been undermined in recent years by scandal. The NYSE Euronext will acquire LIBOR from the British Bankers' Association. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
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A Coup Or Not? Semantics Could Affect Us Aid To Egypt

Was the change in Egypt's government a coup or not? For members of Congress, the difference is more than a question of semantics. U.S. law requires that aid be cut off to a country that undergoes a military coup — which, if it were to happen in the case of Egypt, would bring on dramatic consequences.
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Sen. Levin: U.S. Aid To Egypt Should Be Suspended

Robert Siegel talks to Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, about suspending U.S. aid to Egypt.
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A Coup Or Not In Egypt? $1.5 Billion In U.S. Aid At Stake

Egypt is a leading recipient of U.S. aid, but U.S. law forbids such assistance following a military coup. The Obama administration has declined to take a position, but some key U.S. lawmakers are demanding a suspension of aid, most of which goes to the military.
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'Sputnik' Orbits A Russian City, Finding And Healing Tuberculosis

One Siberian city is tackling the problem of drug-resistant tuberculosis with a health program affectionately named for an earlier Russian innovation. In the modern Sputnik program, teams of nurses travel around the sprawling city of Tomsk, finding and treating the TB patients who are the hardest to reach.
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Mr. Darcy Statue Emerges From Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake

The 12-foot statue embodies the character played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice. Brits recently ranked his spontaneous swim the most memorable TV drama moment.
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Drugs, Chaos And Violence Darken Mexico's 'Midnight'

Journalist Alfredo Corchado covers Mexico for the Dallas Morning News. His new book, Midnight In Mexico, is part memoir and part recent history of the upheaval in the country. He talks to Fresh Air about the power of the cartels, the rampant corruption and the hopes for the future of Mexico.
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In Protest, German Activists Light Up U.S. Embassy

With a reference to the East German Stasi, the guerrilla art project used the Berlin Embassy to object to the U.S. surveillance programs.
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A New Start For Egypt?

The ouster of Egypt's president has created a serious crisis for the nation and its people. Host Michel Martin talks with Heba Gamal, an Egyptian who left the U.S. for Cairo to protest in Tahrir Square, and Abderrahim Foukara of Al-Jazeera, about what's next for the country.

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