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Brazil Looks To Build A 10,000-Mile Virtual Fence

Brazil's economic growth has brought about more illegal immigration and drug trafficking, so the country is hoping to make its borders more secure. But the experience in the U.S. shows that it can be a difficult undertaking.
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No More Smuggling: Many Cured Italian Meats Coming To America

Culatello. Capocollo. Sopressata. It will soon be legal to import a whole new world of Italian cured pork products, thanks to the USDA's decision to end a decades-long ban. Every Italian region and province, and even many towns have their own distinctive salumi.
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Pressure Grows In Australia To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

There's growing pressure in Australia for the government to legalize gay marriage after New Zealand became the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage earlier this month. Last year, a vote on the issue in Australia's parliament failed to change the law and both political party leaders — the unmarried, atheist Prime Minister who lives with her long-term boyfriend and the staunchly Catholic opposition leader who once studied to become a priest — remain officially opposed to gay marriage. But many believe public and political pressure may have reached a tipping point on the issue in the wake of New Zealand's vote.
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From The Heart Of Egypt's Revolt, The Pulse Of Artistic Life

Egypt's capital has been associated with protest and political upheaval. But an arts festival attempts to clear away the dust and revitalize a once-glorious cultural hub.
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Underground Tunnels Feed Gaza's Hankering For KFC

Gaza Strip residents rely heavily on smuggling tunnels to Egypt. Among many other goods, the passageways are reportedly bringing regular deliveries of fast food.
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Ex-Ambassador To Iraq Weighs In On Talking To 'Monsters'

As the death toll in Syria climbs and critics blast the Obama administration for not taking more decisive action, former ambassador Christopher Hill points instead to a failure of diplomacy in an op-ed in the New York Times. Hill talks about what the U.S. faces in facilitating talks between the regime and Syrian rebels.

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