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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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Stop-And-Go: Cuba's Changing Economy

Nearly two years ago, Cuba’s government announced reforms to bolster private enterprise and slash public payrolls. The results have been dramatic -- the number of Cubans employed in private businesses has skyrocketed 145 percent since...

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America's Ally: What's Next For Ethiopia

We explore the political climate in Ethiopia, a strong U.S. ally.

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Syrian Prime Minister Defects To Jordan

Syrian rebels say Prime Minister Riad Hijab fled to neighboring Jordan just two months after he was appointed to the post. The rebels say three other ministers also defected.
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Gunmen Attack Egyptian Checkpoint, Kill 15

Islamist militants attacked a military checkpoint on the Sinai Peninsula Sunday, killing at least 15 Egyptian forces. The gunmen then commandeered two armored vehicles and tried to storm through a checkpoint into the Gaza Strip. One vehicle exploded, and the Israeli military destroyed the other.
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Myanmar's Workers Exercise Rights To Organize

Political and economic changes in Myanmar have fueled a wave of labor unrest in the country also known as Burma. Myanmar is in the very early stages of industrial development and has some of the lowest wages in the world. Wages are unlikely to reach levels seen elsewhere in the region anytime soon.

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