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Tough Cuts In Portugal May Be Exacting High Toll

Portugal saw a spike in its death rate this winter, mostly among the elderly. The government blames the rise on a nasty flu strain. But critics say austerity measures are at least partly to blame, the result of higher medical fees and transportation costs.
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Iran's Nuclear Talks Follow Months Of Sanctions

This weekend's nuclear negotiations with Iran should provide some indication of whether unprecedented economic pressure can induce a country to reconsider its policies. No country has ever been subject to such sanctions as severe as those currently imposed on Iran. Between the restrictions on Iranian oil imports and the banking and insurance sanctions, Iran has fewer available "work-arounds" than other countries facing sanctions.
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UN May Send Team To Monitor Cease-Fire In Syria

With the ceasefire in Syria largely holding — despite scattered violations — protesters gathered in cities and towns across the country to demand the overthrow of Bashar Assad's regime.
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There's A Reason It's Called Rocket Science

The history of rocket launches is filled with failure, but out of those failures came knowledge that helped lead to success, experts note. The question is whether North Korea's latest failure will put it on a successful path.
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In Balancing Act, Turkey Hosts Iranian Nuclear Talks

Turkey is closely aligned with the West, but it also depends on Iran to meet the energy demands of its growing economy. The relationship between Turkey and Iran has shown signs of strain over Syria, where Iran strongly supports the government, and Turkey wants regime change.
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Dining With Disaster: Reviving The Last Meal On The Titanic

Dining on the doomed ship Titanic was epic, and many people are recreating those feasts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship's demise. First-class passengers feasted on oysters, foie gras, and other luxuries.
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Port-Au-Prince: A City Of Millions, With No Sewer System

Cholera was introduced into Haiti 18 months ago. So far, more than a half-million people have gotten sick and 7,000 have died. Public health authorities say the disease will linger for a long time because Haiti has the worst sanitation in the Western Hemisphere.
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Syrian Activists Claim Regime Is Using Force To Break Up Demonstrations

On the second day of a ceasefire, there's less violence but the government is still using force against them, anti-regime activists say.

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