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Report: Syria Has 'Archipelago Of Torture Centers'

A new report from Human Rights Watch argues that Syria is running an organized system of torture. The report is based on interviews with more than 200 victims. Melissa Block speaks with Nadim Houry, the Beirut researcher for Human Rights Watch, about the report.
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'Torture Centers' Stretch Across Syria, Human Rights Watch Reports

The watchdog group says interviews with hundreds of former detainees and defectors show that an "archipelago of torture centers" has been created. Opponents of the Assad regime report being beaten, sexually assaulted and subjected to mock executions.
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Free Trade Ruling Could Nix Country-Of-Origin Labels on Meat

U.S. requirements for meat to be labeled by country of origin may be in jeopardy after a recent World Trade Organization ruling. Or, maybe not. The U.S. is taking its time to contemplate the next move.
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Timbuktu's Treasures Are Being Destroyed As World Watches Helplessly

Muslim extremists are pillaging Sufi tombs and mosques. They're ignoring international protests. To them, the sites are offensive. To most others, they're historical sites of huge importance.
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Cheered In Europe, Suu Kyi Faces Crises In Myanmar

After her star treatment in Europe, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces a much tougher time at home, where the country faces a range of difficult issues, including violence between Muslims and Buddhists in the western part of the country.
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Can Sanctions Force Iran To Change Its Policies?

Iran has been subject to limited Western sanctions for years, but the U.S. and its allies are now taking aim at the entire Iranian economy. The measures are intended to induce the Islamic republic to accept restrictions on its nuclear program.

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