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Slowed Growth Reflects China's Uphill Battle

No country has enjoyed more spectacular growth in recent decades than China. But the economy that will one day replace America's as the world's largest also faces a lot of challenges. Guest host David Greene talks to NPR's Frank Langfitt, who was a reporter in China in the '90s and returned to Shanghai for NPR last year.
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In Egypt, Clinton Promotes Dialogue With Military

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Egypt on the tail end of her Asian tour. She has urged Egypt's new, Islamist president to engage in a dialogue with the military to defuse a political and constitutional crisis that is threatening Egypt's transition to a civilian-led democracy. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.
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Crisis-Struck Athens A Tough Draw For Tourists

Tour guides in Greece's capital face are trying to convince visitors that Athens is more than the clouds of tear gas that ring Parliament these days. How do you do that when graffiti coats the statues and homeless people sleep outside the museums?
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In 'Red Chamber,' A Love Triangle For The Ages

Before most Chinese readers learned of Romeo and Juliet, they fell for Dream of the Red Chamber. The 18th-century novel follows a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins. It's been called China's greatest literary work, and now a new adaptation hopes to introduce it to an American audience.
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Running With The Bulls, But The Fear Is Financial

As a journalist, Lauren Frayer came to Pamplona to see if Spain's dismal economy would dampen the spirit of the country's biggest summertime festival, the running of the bulls. But there was another reason, too.
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'Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution

In some of the dirtiest places on Earth, author and environmentalist Andrew Blackwell found something worth looking at. His book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, tours the deforestation of the Amazon, the oil sand mines in Canada and the world's most polluted city, located in China.

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