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America's Asian Allies Question Its Staying Power

Amid China's run-ins with Japan and the Philippines over disputed islands this year, the U.S. Navy plans to send more ships to Asia, which China sees as an attempt to block its rise. America's allies in the region welcome more involvement, but they question whether America can afford to stay engaged in the region.
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Signals From Iran Indicate Willingness To Talk

Reports over the weekend said the U.S. and Iran had agreed to face-to-face negotiations, but both countries deny that's the case. Still, symptoms of economic and social instability may be pushing Iran toward the negotiating table.
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Foreign Policy Debate: Rhetoric Vs. Reality

As the presidential candidates prepare for Monday night's foreign policy debate, they'll probably think about Iran, Israeli-Palestinian talks and China. Each case would require a balance of alliance-building and tough talk. But how much of what the candidates say will they actually pursue if elected?
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Deadly Blast In Syrian Capital; Protests Swell In Lebanon

At least 13 people are dead after a car bomb exploded in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday. Meanwhile, in Lebanon, the funeral for the anti-Syrian intelligence chief who was assassinated in a massive car bombing on Friday has erupted in protests.
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Will The '24-Hour City' Of Cairo Call It A Night?

Cairo is the city that never sleeps. It's routine for people of all ages to go out late at night. But the Egyptian government wants to turn off the lights earlier to conserve erratic electricity supplies. Egyptians aren't happy and say it would change Cairo's character.
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Libya Has Become The Flash Point Of Foreign Policy Debate

Last month's killings in Benghazi have led to a confusing argument about the Obama administration's response. Although Mitt Romney is certain to press his complaints during Monday's foreign policy debate, there's little sign that the public sees this as a voting issue.
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Looking To Rebuild, Egypt Leans On New Constitution

Back in 2011, thousands of Egyptians put their lives on the line to start a revolution that would bring down a dictator. Now the justice and freedoms at the heart of that struggle are being defined in a brand new constitution. Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin talks with Nathan Brown, a professor of law in the Arab world at George Washington University, about what's at stake.

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