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In Syria's Sectarian Battle, Who Are The Alawites?

Renee Montagne talks with Professor Joshua Landis about the Alawite sect in Syria. The minority group is the power base for President Bashar Assad's government. Landis is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
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Suu Kyi Heads To Europe

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to leave for Europe Wednesday on her first trip to the continent in decades. She's due to address the U.N. on forced labor in Myanmar, also known as Burma, receive her 1991 Nobel Prize in Oslo and visit her husband's grave in Oxford — the first time she's been able to do that since he died in 1999.
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Spain's Bank Yenta On What Went Wrong

Spain's plan to combine small banks didn't go so well. The man who helped make it happen explains.
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In The New Libya, Lots Of Guns And Calls For Shariah

Moammar Gadhafi suppressed everyone who posed a potential threat, including Islamists. Today, Islamists are vying with secular groups for supremacy in post-Gadhafi Libya. Derna, outside Benghazi in eastern Libya, is one of the battlefields.
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Venezuela's Chavez Aims To Beat Cancer, Election Foe

In 13 years of colorful, often demagogic rule, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has run his country like a game show host with daily TV appearances. Then cancer struck, forcing Chavez to scale back. Now, he has reappeared, but his countrymen are wondering just how sick Chavez is as he prepares to run for re-election in October.

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