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Aleppo 'Cowers' As Fighting Flares In And Around Syria's Biggest City

Troops loyal to President Bashar Assad are reportedly descending on the city, which has already been the target of attacks from the air.
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In Syria's North, A Shadow State Emerges

As the Syrian regime recedes, a new state is forming among villages controlled by rebels in northern Syria, filling in the blanks with their own hospitals, courts and other institutions. The goal is to provide better governance, not just aid to rebels. But is it better than before?
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Taliban's 'Summer Offensive' Heats Up In Afghanistan

When the temperature rises in Afghanistan, so does the insurgency. Every summer the Taliban's tactics, targets and intensity are a little different. This year, IEDs are in season, attacks are up, and Afghan forces are suffering more casualties.
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Track The Spread Of AIDS Across The Globe

A handful of AIDS cases were first recognized in the U.S. at the beginning of the 1980s. By 1990, there was a pandemic. In 1997, more than 3 million people became newly infected with HIV. A multimedia chart lets you track the cases by country over time.
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Olympic Sports We Don't See Any More, And Why

The Olympic Games doesn't just seem like one of the most tradition-bound sporting events in the world — it is. But that doesn't mean the sporting events are written in stone. Some past duds:
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Two Former News Corp. Editors Face Hacking Charges

Two former News Corp. editors, Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, have been charged with crimes involving a phone hacking scandal. Coulson is also a former aide to the Prime Minister. There had previously been charges with interfering with the police investigation, but the new charges are directly involved with interfering with the phone messages at the heart of the scandal.
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Senate Pressured To Ratify 'Law Of The Sea'

For three decades the Law of the Sea treaty has been debated without ever being approved by the Senate. But proponents say the stakes have never been higher for ratifying the convention. The irony is that just about everyone — of all political stripes, from oil and gas companies, environmental groups, to the U.S. military — is on board with the treaty. Still, a small group of opponents has managed to stall its passage.
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Obama Warns Syria Against Using Chemical Weapons

Amid reports that the Syrian government is moving their stockpiles of chemical weapons, American policymakers are growing increasingly alarmed. They're concerned that the fighting could enter a deadlier phase or the weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Syrian government will be held accountable for any use of the weapons. But officials are worried they have limited options to do anything to prevent it.
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Syrian Rebels, Regime Forces In Cat-and-Mouse Fight

Much has been made about the rebel takeover of Syrian border towns in recent days. And while the rebels do control more territory than ever before, the fight for key points along the border is far from over. One town has changed hands multiple times — regime tanks move in and rebels respond with homemade bombs and rocket-propelled grenades. (This piece initially aired July 24, 2012, on Morning Edition.)

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