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With Radiation, Doubt Grows In Fukushima Farms

Radiation still leaks from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan after last year's meltdowns. The continuing threats from the disaster go beyond contamination: For farmers, uncertainty can also be toxic.
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The European Central Bank, As Seen From A Bar On The Coast Of Spain

"Nobody's out buying bars right now," he says. "Banks in Spain are not lending a cent — a euro cent."
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How Far Apart On Iran Are GOP Candidates, Obama?

In some respects, the Republican presidential candidates' proposals aren't that far off from what the Obama administration is already doing. Still, there are some key differences: how much emphasis to place on talks; how closely to align U.S. views with Israel's; and how to signal that military options remain on the table.
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When Food Aid Goes Local, Some Say It Works Better

Food security experts have long debated whether it's better to ship bags of rice and corn from the United States to the hungry overseas, or to buy food close to where it's needed. New research suggests most of the time, it's better to buy food close to where it's needed.
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Uncertainty Looms As Greek Debt Deadline Nears

For weeks, it has been assumed that the owners of Greek government bonds would go along with the bond swap deal that was worked out last month. Now there are signs that some bondholders don't like the size of the loss they're in for.
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Pakistan's Supreme Court Takes On Controversy

Pakistan's Supreme Court — led by a firebrand chief justice — is increasingly asserting itself into the country's myriad social and political issues. Over the past few months, it has taken on issues as diverse as flogging, and land encroachment. But now it's wading into much deeper waters. It recently filed contempt charges against Pakistan's prime minister, and has taken the power military and intelligence agency to task over illegal detentions. Some are applauding the high court's actions, others fear the justices are going too far and may destabilize the country further.
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Sarkozy Defends His Record In TV Interview

In a three hour TV interview, French President Nicolas Sarkozy defended his record. He apologized for gaffes committed during his five years as president and promised to squeeze more taxes out of the country's biggest companies. But with the election just two months off, some say it might be too little too late.

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