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Boris Gets Left Hanging, But The Joke's Rarely On London's Savvy Mayor

Some Londoners may not be much interested in sports - but one image from these Olympic Games will surely remain with them, long after the cheers and crowds have faded away. It is the spectacle of their mayor, Boris Johnson, brandishing a Union flag in either hand, and dangling helplessly from a zip wire 20 feet above the ground.
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A Diplomat's Extended Visit With Al-Qaida In Mali

A former Canadian diplomat, who was once held by al-Qaida, says the group's rise in Mali poses a significant threat. And, says Robert Fowler, he sees no possibility of negotiation with al-Qaida based on members of the group he met during his captivity.
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Medals And Scandals: An Olympic Update

Thursday is day seven of the Summer Olympics. Another big moment is on tap for American swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. The host country looks to add to its suddenly growing tally of medals. And badminton marches on, its image battered by scandal. Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Tom Goldman about all things Olympics.
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The Power Of Trash Talk For Bhutanese Archers

In women's archery at the Olympics, a sole American competitor remains. Khatuna Lorig beat many competitors, including the one holding up Bhutan's archery tradition, Sherab Zam. NPR's Mike Pesca reports a Bhutanese tradition may be the reason for its ranking.
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Syrian Rebels Gain Ground, And Criticsm

Rebels appear to be in control of large parts of the city of Aleppo. Government forces responded with heavy fire, killing dozens of civilians. But rights groups criticized rebels after a video reportedly showed they summarily killed four government loyalists. NPR's Anthony Kuhn talks to Steve Inskeep about the latest.
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After Revolution, Cinnabon Sweetens Libyan Capital

In Libya, now that the revolution is over, you can have a Cinnabon. That cinnamon smell that flavors the air in food courts and airports around this country is now wafting through downtown Tripoli, Libya's capital.
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New Zealand's Olympic Athletes Go For The...Marmite

New Zealand's Olympians have some extra motivation to win a medal: they are also competing for marmite. The country's only marmite maker was shut down in an earthquake, but one grocery chain found a stash and is awarding the jars to medal-winning athletes.

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