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Why The Barclays Scandal Affects More Than Britain

The Planet Money team digs into the rate-setting scandal engulfing the British bank Barclays. Emails reveal bank employees were shockingly casual and explicit in their communications about manipulating one of the key financial benchmarks in the global economy.
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Kenya's HIV Challenge: Easing Stigma For Gay Men

HIV rates among men who have gay sex in Kenya are three times higher than the national average. To curb those high transmission rates, health workers must first convince gay men to be open about their sex lives in a country where coming out of the closet can mean discrimination, violence and even jail.
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CEO Ruffles Lawmakers By Using Their First Names

Bob Diamond, the ousted CEO of Barclays, spoke before a committee of Britain's House of Commons on Wednesday. He raised some eyebrows by addressing the members by their first names. Robert Siegel talks with Teresa Pearce, a Labour member of Parliament, about the parliamentary faux pas
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Old Politics Are New Again In Mexico

What happened to Mexico's National Action Party? It was the party that finally broke seven decades of PRI rule in the country and promised to bring long sought-after reforms to the country. Why did voters throw them out of office after two terms? Was the vote a referendum on Felipe Calderon's war on drugs?
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Report: Fukushima Disaster Was A Man-Made Crisis

A panel of experts says the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan was a "man-made" crisis which could have been prevented. The panel said Thursday that "collusion" between the government, industry regulators and the plant operator turned the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami into one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
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Jamaica Does Literary Fest With A Caribbean Twist

Rasta men, international literati and jerk chicken are just some of what you'll find at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, an event that is reinventing the lit fest tradition by adding a distinctly Jamaican spirit. You may never look at those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way.
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Warning Against Eating Meat Has Chinese Olympians Off Their Game

The Chinese women's Olympic volleyball coach blamed his team's recent losses on their lack of access to safe meat while on the road. A lot of meat that's served in China is tainted with a chemical that's also considered a performance-enhancing drug.

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