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Amid Fierce Debate, Japan To Restart Nuclear Plants

Since a massive earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear reactors just over a year ago, Japan has closed all of its nuclear power plants. Despite public opposition, Japan has announced it will restart two of them by the end of July, ahead of summer's increased power demand.
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In A Syrian Souk, Support For The Regime Falters

The Muslim merchants of the country's most famous bazaar, Hamidiyah, have traditionally backed President Bashar Assad. But the government's brutal response to the uprising, coupled with crippling economic sanctions, is eroding that support.
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In France, A Star Rises From An Oft-Neglected Place

The Intouchables, a heartwarming comedy about a Paris aristocrat's friendship with the unemployed black man he hires as his aide, is an unlikely box-office hit in France. The film has produced an equally unlikely new movie star: Omar Sy, the son of African immigrants from a gritty Paris suburb.
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As Leaders Meet To Save Euro, Nations Face Trade-Off

Europe's leaders are gathering in Brussels to salvage the euro and work toward a tighter fiscal union. But coming together also requires a tough trade-off for each country: surrendering significant control of the national budget for greater economic stability.
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Is A Protest Camp Still Needed In Yemen?

In Yemen's capital, Sanaa, a sprawling tent city that was home to thousands of protesters for more than a year is beginning to be dismantled. Some refuse to leave Change Square. Others say it's time to get on with building a country.
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Months After Protest, Russian Rockers Still Jailed

A female punk-rock band staged a provocative political protest in February at Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral. Three women have now been jailed for months, and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church is demanding harsh punishment in a case that's become a national issue.

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