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Old Politics Are New Again In Mexico

What happened to Mexico's National Action Party? It was the party that finally broke seven decades of PRI rule in the country and promised to bring long sought-after reforms to the country. Why did voters throw them out of office after two terms? Was the vote a referendum on Felipe Calderon's war on drugs?
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Report: Fukushima Disaster Was A Man-Made Crisis

A panel of experts says the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan was a "man-made" crisis which could have been prevented. The panel said Thursday that "collusion" between the government, industry regulators and the plant operator turned the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami into one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
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Jamaica Does Literary Fest With A Caribbean Twist

Rasta men, international literati and jerk chicken are just some of what you'll find at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, an event that is reinventing the lit fest tradition by adding a distinctly Jamaican spirit. You may never look at those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way.
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Warning Against Eating Meat Has Chinese Olympians Off Their Game

The Chinese women's Olympic volleyball coach blamed his team's recent losses on their lack of access to safe meat while on the road. A lot of meat that's served in China is tainted with a chemical that's also considered a performance-enhancing drug.
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An AIDS-Ravaged Nation Turns To Circumcision

By the end of 2013, Kenyan health officials want more than 1 million men to get circumcised — a procedure that can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by up to 60 percent. If the effort succeeds, it just might prove a model for the rest of Africa.
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Friday News Roundup - International

A senior member of President Assad’s regime defects as world powers discuss ways to end the 16-month old conflict in Syria. Pakistan reopens supply routes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologizes for the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers. And British bank Barclays admits to manipulating global interest rates. Guest host Susan Page speaks with Yochi Dreazen of National Journal Magazine, Nadia Bilbassy of Middle East Broadcast Centre and Mark Mardell of BBC North America Editor.

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After A Forced Abortion, A Roaring Debate In China

A gruesome photo from a forced abortion recently spread across the Internet, provoking outrage at local officials. The anger comes as criticism of China's one-child policy is increasing. Experts say it's creating a demographic disaster that could have profound economic and social consequences.

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