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Speculation Grows Over Spanish Bank Rescue

It's been a roller coaster week for Spain, amid speculation that it can't afford to rescue its troubled banks and might need European aid. Spain held a successful bond auction Thursday, but shortly afterward, the Fitch ratings agency downgraded the country's credit rating.
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Venezuela's Cancer-Stricken Chavez To Seek 4th Term

The deadline is approaching for candidates in Venezuela to register if they want to run for president. Incumbent Hugo Chavez is expected to register on Monday. He's had multiple surgeries for cancer and hasn't been seen in public for some time. Chavez's main challenger is expected to be 39-year-old Henrique Capriles.
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Soccer In Ukraine Brings Fans, Fear Of AIDS

Male soccer fans are descending on Ukraine and Poland for the European soccer championships. Ukraine has the continent's highest rate of AIDS, and health experts fear the influx of men and the availability of prostitutes might result in a wave of new infections.
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Clinton: Syria Won't Be Peaceful Until Assad Is Gone

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan was at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday to lay out his ideas for salvaging a peace plan for Syria. There are about 300 unarmed U.N. monitors in the country, but the violence has continued and none of the six points in the peace plan are holding.
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Egyptian-American Returns To Cairo For NGO Trial

Robert Siegel talks with Sherif Mansour, a former senior officer at Washington, D.C.-based group Freedom House. The Egyptian government has accused Mansour and other employees of pro-democracy groups of operating illegally in the country. Mansour, an Egyptian-American, chose to return to Cairo to stand trial.
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Annan's Peace Plan Turns Focus To Syria's Supporters

Robert Siegel speaks with David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post. He says he believes Kofi Annan's plan to involve Russia and Iran in stopping the violence in Syria might work.

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