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Syrian Rebels Cede Stronghold After Over A Year Under Siege

Syrian rebels have surrendered Homs, the city known as the birthplace of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. It marks the end of a long siege and a huge blow to the rebels.
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Putin Tells Separatists In Ukraine To Postpone May 11 Referendum

He also said Russia has withdrawn its troops from its border with Ukraine. The Pentagon noted, however, that it had seen no change in Russia's posture along the border.
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A Symbol Of Syria's Uprising, Homs Reverts To Assad's Control

More than 1,000 rebel fighters in the central city began leaving Wednesday under terms of a conditional surrender.
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South Africa's 'Born-Frees' Look Beyond Mandela's Party

South Africans go to the polls today, on the 20th anniversary of their first post-apartheid election. Journalist Ferial Haffajee talks about how young people feel as they vote for the first time.
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Brunei's Shariah Law Spurs Boycott Of Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills City Council voted Tuesday to ask Brunei's government to divest itself of the famed luxury hotel. Brunei's harsh new laws have made its hotels a target of celebrity boycotts.
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At A Japanese Cafe You're By Yourself But Not Alone

At the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo, customers can be seated at a table opposite a giant stuffed animal. If eating alone makes you feel conspicuous, sitting with a giant stuffed animal my not be the solution.
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Thai Court Removes Prime Minister Yingluck From Office

Saying Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had violated Thailand's constitution, the Constitutional Court ousted the caretaker leader Wednesday, along with nine ministers.
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Chinese E-Commerce Giant To Offer U.S. IPO

Alibaba is the largest online and mobile commerce site in the world, controlling a huge portion of the Chinese market. It has filed papers in the U.S. for what could be the biggest IPO ever.
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Nigeria's Economy Leads Other African Nations

Steve Inskeep talks to Matthew Bishop, New York bureau chief at The Economist, about Nigeria's economy. The biggest country in Africa has also just become the continent's largest economy.
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South Africans Cast Ballots 20 Years Since Apartheid

This election marks 20 years since Nelson Mandela was elected and will be the first since his death. Renee Montagne talks to Verashni Pillay, associate editor for the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg.

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