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A Syrian Village Is Oasis Of Calm Amid Conflict

The Syrian helicopter gunships and fighter planes that regularly strike villages nearby don't fly over Kfar Ghan. Turkey warned that any Syrian military aircraft near the border would be a target. The difference from the rest of Syria is evident: The shops are open, and there are kids on the street and a crowd of shoppers.
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Record Number Of Syrians Fled Country In August

Activist groups are reporting that more than 5,000 people died in Syria in the month of August. Along with the death toll, the number of Syrians fleeing their country is also on the rise. Melissa Block talks to Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, about the bigger picture in Syria and what happens next.
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Egypt's Tumultuous Times Reflected In Its Art Scene

Egypt's post-revolution art scene is documenting the country's emotional roller coaster of a transition through music and graffiti art. Since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, small indie bands have popped up to sing or rap about the political situation in Egypt. The graffiti that lines Cairo's streets is also evolving with the transition.
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Decades Later, South African Miners Sue Employers

Lawyers are filing lawsuits against South Africa's three largest gold mining companies on behalf of former employees who now have lung diseases. A recent court ruling has paved the way for the cases. Under apartheid, poor, black miners often labored under difficult conditions.

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