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Putin Tries To Influence Former Soviet States

David Greene talks to journalist and author Lawrence Sheets about his experiences in the former Soviet Union. They also discuss how the anti-Putin sentiment in Moscow is affecting relations with neighboring states. Vladimir Putin just won election in Russia and is returning to the presidency.
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Syrian Government Agrees To Withdraw Forces

United Nations Peace Envoy Kofi Annan says April 10 is the date the Syrian government has agreed to end its assault and pull troops from major cities. Audie Cornish talks with Tamara Cofman Wittes about this development in Syria. Wittes left the State Department in January, where she was the deputy special coordinator for Middle East transitions, and deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. She now directs the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
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Muslim Brotherhood Picks Presidential Candidate

Robert Siegel talks to Samer Shehata of Georgetown University about the Muslim Brotherhood's decision to put up a presidential candidate for Egypt in the post-Hosni Mubarak regime.
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Once-Thriving Egyptian Port Suffers After Soccer Riot

In the wake of a deadly soccer riot in Egypt's Port Said earlier this year, 75 people face murder charges, while the local team has been banned and the stadium shuttered. Now, officials and residents say the tragedy has destroyed their city's reputation and left them in financial trouble.
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French Muslims Ease Cultural Tensions With French-Halal Food

Halal meat butchers have a reputation for quality in France. And with an estimated 6 million Muslims now living there, halal products are becoming increasingly popular, and sometimes political. Now one French-Algerian restaurant is trying to make French-Halal fusion food official.
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Syrian Exiles Seek To Spread Word On Internet Radio

New Start Radio is an Internet radio station that was launched by a brother and sister team who fled their Syrian homeland. The station's reports come mostly from citizen journalists in hot spots around Syria.

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