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World Bank Issues Alarming Climate Report

Countries attending U.N. climate talks were not able to come up with any major agreements on reducing carbon emissions and slowing global warming. This comes after the World Bank issued a report predicting global temperatures could rise by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century — possibly sooner if current promises to curb emission are not kept. Renee Montagne talks about this with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
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Starbucks Agrees To Pay British Corporate Taxes

After resisting for some time, Starbucks has agreed to pay corporate taxes in Britain. It was revealed earlier that the coffee company has paid no such taxes in the past three years.
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U.S., Russia Try To Find Common Ground On Syria

The Americans and the Russians have been at odds over Syria since the fighting began 20 months ago. But there's a sense of urgency now as the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad looks increasingly unstable.
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Young Protesters Turn To Militant Tactics In Bahrain

Bahrain's strongest Islamist group, Al Wefaq, has consistently called for peaceful protests. But now it faces pressure from younger militants throwing Molotovs and advancing more radical demands. Al Wefaq will hold a rally on Friday, the first time it has defied the national protest ban.
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Syria Could Become A Failed State If Assad Falls

Melissa Block talks to Jeremy Bowen, Middle East editor of the BBC, who is reporting from Damascus about the latest developments in Syria.
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Morsi Calls For Consensus Amid Escalating Protests

Egyptian army tanks were deployed around the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday after a night of clashes between pro and anti-government protesters outside the palace. Audie Cornish talks to Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
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Syrian Militia Leaders Depend On A Terrorist Faction

Melissa Block talks with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, about the ongoing conflict in Syria and whether the Bashar al-Assad regime has reached a tipping point.
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With Looting, Syria's Army Isn't Winning Hearts And Minds

Syrian soldiers have increasingly been taking over civilian homes and apartments, and trashing and looting them before they leave.
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Fruit Fly Nose Says Steer Clear Of Deadly Food; Human Nose Not So Reliable

Although we can usually smell when food goes bad, humans just don't have the fruit fly's direct path from nose to brain that alerts it to food poison. But the detection of this pathway could someday lead to more research that could help us develop better bug repellants.

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