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Ai Weiwei Says He Is Barred From Leaving China

The 54-year-old artist says officials have lifted the strict bail conditions imposed after his release from detention last year. But he says he is not allowed to leave China and that he was prevented from attending a hearing this week on his tax evasion case.
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Spain Under Pressure To Finalize Bailout Deal

Spain is in line to get a European bailout of up to $125 billion for its banks. Audits due Thursday will show just how indebted Spanish banks are. But economic uncertainty has already sparked violence.
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In Pakistan's Anti-Corruption War, A Lonely Warrior

Sordid allegations of bribery and self-enrichment against the scions of Pakistan's rich and powerful highlight how entrenched corruption is there. But the difficulty of rooting out such misconduct is embodied in the career of one former police officer and the price he has paid for his diligence.
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Mexico's Youth Make Voices Heard Ahead Of Vote

Presidential elections are July 1, and students have been protesting everything from possible electoral fraud to what they say is biased media coverage in favor of one of the candidates. But the students' influence is in question, given a history of low voter turnout. Plus, some young people simply want jobs.
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Pakistan's 'Burushaski' Language Finds New Relatives

Robert Siegel talks to professor Ilija Casule of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His research shows that a language spoken by about 90,000 people in a remote area of Pakistan is Indo-European in origin. He explains how 20 years of research has tied this isolated group of people to a migration that started in the Balkans and moved East 3,000 years ago.

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