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Human Rights Victims Seek Remedy At High Court

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears two cases testing how American law intersects with international law. One case involves a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell Oil, which is accused of aiding and abetting the Nigerian government in committing atrocities in the 1990s.
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The New Indian Pariahs: Vegetarians

Restaurants that cater to the affluent in India are forgoing vegetables in return for ever increasing amounts of meat. Commentator Sandip Roy describes what it's like for a lifelong vegetarian to be confronted with chicken kebabs, mutton biryani and lamb shanks.
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Afghan Violence Raises Questions About U.S. Strategy

The U.S. military plans to steadily wind down its role in Afghanistan over the next three years. But with the recent attacks against U.S. forces, will the military have to revise its approach?
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In A New Setback, Syrian Opposition Splits

With shells pound opposition fighters and civilians in Syria, the main opposition group has lost some of its most prominent members, who are forming a new organization.
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US Strategy In Afghanistan Questioned Amid Violence

Recent events in Afghanistan, including violence since the inadvertent burning of Qurans and the murder of two American officers in Kabul, are challenging core assumptions of US strategy in Afghanistan. The Obama administration has planned to wind down US involvement in the war by training Afghan forces to take over the mission. Whether the Afghans and Americans can even trust each other is now being questioned.
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Iran Calls Oscar Win A Success Over Israel

On Monday night, the Iranian film A Separation won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It marks the Islamic Republic's first Academy Award, and earned a rare stamp of approval from the Iranian government, which called it a success over Israel. The Israeli film Footnote was also nominated in the category. Audie Cornish talks to The Washington Post's Thomas Erdbrink in Tehran about the reaction in Iran.
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White House: Afghanistan Strategy Won't Change

Robert Siegel talks with White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes about the challenges for the United States in working with the Afghan government and security forces, following the Quran burning incident. Rhodes says the United States continues its partnership with Afghan security forces. Rhodes adds that while there is concern about the anger the incident has stirred in Afghanistan, the White House believes the majority of the Afghan people still do not support the Taliban.
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Remains Of Last Missing US Soldier Return From Iraq

The Army has identified the remains of the last missing American service member in Iraq. A Shiite extremist group handed over a wooden casket containing the remains of Staff Sgt. Ahmed al-Taie, who was abducted by gunmen in Baghdad in 2006. A Shiite lawmaker in Iraq says the gesture is part of a prisoner exchange agreement between the Iraqi government and an Iranian-backed insurgent group. Audie Cornish speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter, Michael Phillips.
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Violence Exposes Crisis In Latin American Prisons

Drug cartel violence, riots and fires have killed more than 400 inmates in Mexican and Central American prisons recently. The deaths underscore the problems of corruption, overcrowding, prison gangs and crumbling infrastructure that prisons face throughout the region.

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