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Syrian Government Fires On Refugees In Turkey

For the first time since the Syrian uprising began 13 months ago, government troops have opened fire across the border into Turkey. The attack targeted a refugee camp for Syrians just across the border. There are conflicting reports on casualties, but the incident casts further doubt on the prospects for a ceasefire due to go into effect this week.
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Nuclear Challenges Continue In North Korea, Iran

The nuclear activities of both North Korea and Iran are in the news. North Korea is preparing for a long-range rocket launch later this week, and new satellite photos indicate Pyongyang may be preparing for an underground nuclear test as well. In Iran, Tehran has agreed to hold talks on its nuclear program with the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in Istanbul late this week. They would be the first such talks in more than a year, but prospects for success seem dim.
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US To Step Aside On Afghan Night Raids

U.S. and Afghan officials have worked out the details over controversial night raids against suspected Taliban fighters. Now, Afghan Special Forces will take over the raids, and the U.S. will offer support. The night raids were a source of great anger among Afghan people, who hated the Americans bursting into their compounds. The raids were the last stumbling block to a long-term strategic partnership that is expected to be announced at a NATO summit in Chicago in May. Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells the latest to Audie Cornish.
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British Terrorism Suspect Battles US Extradition

A European court on Tuesday will determine whether Babar Ahmad will be extradited to the United States to face terrorism charges. Ahmad is fighting the extradition, and appealed to be prosecuted in the U.K.
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Violence Continues In Syria On Eve Of UN Deadline

Audie Cornish speaks with an anonymous Syrian activist "Abdul" in Hama, who has been witnessing regular violence in his neighborhood.
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For The First Time, Mr. Gay World Crowned In Africa

The competition in South Africa drew competitors from 22 countries. Black Africans took part for the first time, though one of them now fears for his safety if he returns home to Ethiopia.
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With Cancer Care, The U.S. Spends More, But Gets More

Cancer care costs more in the U.S., but people live longer than they do in European countries, according to new research. But the numbers are 10 years old, and it will take more research to know if today's increased spending is worth it.

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