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Britain's Ad Authority Releases Most-Hated List

This week Britain's Advertising Standards Authority turned 50. To celebrate, it released a list of the 50 most-complained-about commercials in U.K. history. The one that generated the most viewer complaints was not about sex, violence or politics: It was a KFC ad in which the actors spoke with their mouths full.
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Nuns Fight Back Against Vatican Report

This week, the largest organization for U.S. Catholic Sisters issued their response to a critical report from the Vatican. The report accused the organization of "serious doctrinal problems." Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty for more on the conflict.
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Europe's Debt Weighs On U.S. Employers

Some American employers say their businesses are starting to take a hit from the European debt crisis. NPR's Chris Arnold talks to a tour bus operator who relies on European vacationers and a factory owner who's exporting less to Europe and has scaled back hiring plans.
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French Open Hasn't Been Great For Americans In Paris

Host Scott Simon talks about the French Open with ESPN's Howard Bryant, who is at Roland Garros stadium.
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As Europe Goes, So Go Its Fake Monuments

Four years into Europe's debt crisis, the Eiffel Tower is rusting and London's Tower Bridge may soon be falling down. Parque Europa features replicas of 17 European monuments, but the Spanish theme park itself has become a monument of the European debt crisis.
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A Case For Military Intervention In Syria

Host Scott Simon talks with former Pentagon analyst Thomas P.M. Barnett about the pros and cons of a military intervention in Syria. Barnett has written in support of military intervention in Syria on Time Magazine's Battleland blog.
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As Killings Continue In Syria, A Look At UN's Role

Friday night in Syria, there was the third massacre in the space of one week. This time a dozen workers found shot to death, their bodies dumped in a field. Host Scott Simon speaks with United Nations spokesperson Kieran Dwyer about the options left on the table for conflict resolution in Syria.
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Mubarak Convicted In Charges Of Protesters' Deaths

A judge in Cairo has delivered a verdict Saturday at the trial of Hosni Mubarak, the ousted Egyptian leader accused of complicity in the deaths of more than 800 anti-government protesters during last year's revolution. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells host Scott Simon that Mubarak was acquitted of corruption charges, but found guilty in connection with the killing of protesters.
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Conspiracies Swirl As Vatican Scandal Engulfs Rome

The publication of Vatican documents alleging corruption among cardinals has triggered a major crisis in the Holy See. It has shed light on a Vatican gripped by intrigue and power struggles like a Renaissance court, and some observers say it highlights the Vatican's dire need for structural reform.

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