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Growing Pains: Nations Balance Growth, Power Needs

India's massive power outage last week points to a major problem for developing nations: supply is struggling to keep up with the growing demand — an imbalance that can affect the reliability of electric grids. Grid catastrophes are rare, but blackouts can be an everyday feature of life.
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Security Breach Tests Egypt's New President

A deadly assault on an Egyptian border post is proving to be the biggest challenge to face Egypt's new leader so far. Mohammed Morsi is now struggling to assure an exhausted nation that he can provide security as well as basic services. But he needs the support of the military, his biggest rival.
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A Treaty To Make Books More Accessible

Debate continues over a treaty that would relax copyright rules to make published work more accessible to the visually impaired living in developing countries.

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The Unrest In Syria - What Happens Next

We chat with a local activist in the Washington region who is part of the opposition movement pushing for regime change in Syria.

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In British Emergency Room, 'There's No Card To Show; There Are No Bills'

If the London Olympics opening ceremony's tribute to the National Health Service is any indication, Brits are pleased with their health care system. But what would greet an American at a hospital in the U.K.?
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Syrian Prime Minister Defects In Major Blow To Assad Regime

Prime Minister Riyad Hijab flees with his family to Jordan just two months after assuming the leadership post. The Syrian government says he was fired.
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Chavela Vargas: Putting The Fight In Music

Chavela Vargas was a hard-living, feisty singer from Costa Rica who won fame for defying gender stereotypes in the male-dominated world of Ranchero music. She died on Sunday at age 93. Host Michel Martin looks back on Vargas' life and legacy.
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Purists Sniff As Stink-Free Durian Fruit Seeks A Fan Base

A Thai scientist has been working for 25 years to breed the famous stink out of the tropical fruit so it can fly on airplanes and attract new markets. But breeding out the famous stink will diminish its appeal, say some fans.
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Mustafina Wins Gold In Uneven Bars, As 'Drained' Douglas Struggles

Gymnast Aliya Mustafina of Russia has won the 2012 Olympic gold medal in the uneven bars, standing atop the podium in a highly competitive event that also featured American star Gabby Douglas, defending medalist He Kexin of China, and British favorite Beth Tweddle.

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