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Decades-Old Nuclear Standoff Finally Ends ... With New Zealand

A little-known, but longtime nuclear standoff ended this week when U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a 26-year-old ban that kept New Zealand naval ships from docking at U.S. bases. The ban stems from New Zealand's nuclear-free policy that forbids U.S. nuclear ships into its ports.
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Film Sparks Long-Simmering Frustration In Pakistan

In Pakistan, a government minister is offering a $100,000 dollar bounty for anyone who kills the maker of a video that denigrates the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. The offer came one day after many cities in Pakistan were engulfed in violent demonstrations over the online video. NPR's Jackie Northam in Islamabad speaks with guest host Linda Wertheimer.
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Fiat's Woes A Symptom Of Italy's Industrial Malaise

The automaker, a symbol of Italy's industrial revolution and the country's biggest employer, had threatened to shut down its operations. It's part of a wider problem: A decade of globalization and three years of the euro crisis have accelerated Italy's industrial decay.
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McDonald's In India: Would You Like Paneer On That?

McDonald's already offers menu items that cater to local tastes in India. But this month, the fast-food chain said it was going a step further by announcing a plan to open its first vegetarian-only restaurants in the country.
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For Myanmar Activist, A Welcome 40 Years In Waiting

Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has been honored and celebrated on her first visit to the U.S. in 40 years. In various speeches, she's talked about learning to compromise with former military men in Myanmar's parliament who kept her under house arrest for years.
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Gaza's Future Looks Even Bleaker Than Its Past

The Gaza Strip will be unlivable by 2020 if nothing is done to alleviate the situation there, a recent U.N. report found. By almost every indicator, Palestinians in Gaza today are worse off than they were in the 1990s — squeezed by a high birthrate, dwindling resources and trade and travel restrictions.
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World Rhinocerous Day Pokes At A Serious Issue

On World Rhino Day, people across the globe celebrate the rhinoceros and raise awareness to save all five species.

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