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Initial Relief Over Spain's Bailout Fades To Worry

Financial markets did not show much enthusiasm for the European Union's plan to rescue Spanish banks. While stock markets across Europe managed to hang on to small gains, the interest rate Spain has to pay to borrow actually went up.
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Minority Alawites Like Assad Dominate In Syria

Throughout the uprising in Syria, President Bashar Assad has been able to count on strong support in own sect, the Alawites. But recent reports suggest that a small but growing number of Alawites are abandoning Assad. Melissa Block speaks with Steven Heydemann, senior adviser for Middle East Initiatives at the United States Institute of Peace, about who the Alawites are and how they came to rule Syria.
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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Guantanamo Appeals

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear appeals from seven prisoners at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In doing so, it declined to take a second look at how its four-year-old decision on the rights of Guantanamo detainees is being carried out.
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Who's Who In The Battle For Syria

Violence in Syria continues to escalate, with government forces reportedly shelling the city of Homs. Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller talk about who the key players are within Syria and what they want.
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New Coma Report About Mubarak

A spokesman for Egypt's interior ministry tells CNN that the former president is in a "full coma." The BBC, however, says it's been told Mubarak is not in a coma. Rumors about the severity of his problems continue to swirl.
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Egad! British Prime Minister Left 8-Year-Old Daughter Behind In Pub

Dad thought she was with mum. Mum thought she was with dad. But 8-year-old Nancy wasn't with either of them. Somehow David Cameron's oldest child got left behind when everyone else went home after lunch. She was quickly reunited with her family.

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