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How France's Presidential Contest Compares To U.S.

The economy, foreign policy and immigration: These aren't just big topics in the U.S. elections — they're also top issues facing presidential candidates in France. But despite similar issues, France's election system differs greatly from America's, from campaign financing to debate format. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR commentator and Rock Center with Brian Williams special correspondent Ted Koppel about the issues, the players and the politics.
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Fear Drives China's Oppressive Rule In Tibet, Dalai Lama Says

Chinese leaders fear what might happen if Tibetans were allowed to live freely and others under Chinese rule started to demand more respect for their rights, the Buddhist spiritual leader says.
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Cardboard To Be Used In Temporary Cathedral

The New Zealand town of Christchurch is rebuilding after an earthquake left its 19th century cathedral in ruins. Its replacement has been dubbed "the cardboard cathedral." It's a temporary fix while the permanent building is under construction.
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Crisis Intensifies Between Sudan, South Sudan

The crisis between Sudan and South Sudan is heating up, with the north branding its recently-independent southern neighbor "the enemy." This follows two weeks of bitter fighting in the disputed, oil-producing border area between the two Sudans.
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World Bank Names Obama's Pick As Its New President

Jim Yong Kim, 52, who immigrated from Korea at age five, is currently the president of Dartmouth College. He faced an international campaign challenging his nomination to lead the massive global development bank. Kim's selection continues a decades-long tradition of having a U.S. citizen lead the World Bank.
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After The U.S. Leaves, Who Pays For Afghan Forces?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta travels to Brussels this week to meet with NATO ministers. The U.S. is desperate to get NATO countries to pony up more money for Afghanistan, to keep the security effort from collapsing once NATO pulls out and Afghan forces take over.
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For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep

Kazuo Ueda toiled quietly in southern Japan for two decades in a quest both impressive and quixotic: compiling the world's first Yiddish-Japanese dictionary. It's the first time the Jewish language has been translated into a non-European language other than Hebrew.

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