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Is Pakistan's Army Ready To See Democracy Take Hold?

Pakistan holds elections this weekend. It's a milestone, as the balloting takes place as an elected civilian government finishes its entire five-year term. That's the first time that's ever happened. Steve Inskeep talks to Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council, and the author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within.
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Why (Almost) No One In Myanmar Wanted My Money

Like people in other countries that have gone through economic turmoil, people in Myanmar wants U.S. dollars that look like they just rolled off the presses.
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Bangladesh Factory Collapse Death Toll Crosses 1,000

Officials said 1,021 bodies had been pulled from the rubble. It's unclear what the final toll will be from the April 24 collapse of the Rana Plaza building that houses several garment factories.
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Search Ends Off Australia For Two Cruise Ship Passengers

The couple went missing a day before they were reported overboard and authorities say it's not yet clear whether they fell or jumped.
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Bangladesh's Powerful Garment Sector Fends Off Regulation

The deaths of hundreds of workers in Bangladesh are taking place in a garment sector that has seen explosive growth over the past three decades. Amid market pressures to cut prices, the country has managed to lure clothing-makers through a combination of low wages and light regulation.
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Top U.S. Official Meets With Rebels Inside Syria

Ambassador Robert Ford, the State Department's point man on Syrian policy, met with the head of the Aleppo military council on Wednesday. Syrian rebels thanked him for the delivery of some 65,000 MREs. Both the visit and the shipment appear to be a sign of support for Gen. Salim Idriss, the rebels' commander.
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Pakistani Women Still Struggle For A Voice In Politics

Women account for only 36 of the more than 4,000 candidates on the ballot in Saturday's parlimentary election. On of them, Naz Baloch, is following her father into politics, but acknowledges it's a rough-and-tumble game in a country where opportunities for women are limited.

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