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Mexican National Executed For Texas Cop's Murder

Texas has executed a Mexican national for killing a Houston police officer in 1994. Mexico opposes the death penalty and the execution revived a long-running diplomatic row between the United States and Mexico.
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Ukraine Opposition Tries To Force Yanukovych From Office

Opposition leaders have called on President Viktor Yanukovych to call early elections within 24 hours or face more popular rage. The ultimatum comes after at least 2 protesters were killed in confrontations with police in a escalation of a political crisis. Steve Inskeep talks to Will Englund, a correspondent with The Washington Post, who's in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
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World Economic Forum Opens In Switzerland

Every year, the world's movers and shakers gather in Davos, for an economic conference. Renee Montagne talks to Gideon Rachman, the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, about who's there, and what international issues are at the forefront.
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North Korea Opens Marathon To All Runners

Lately we've heard the wonders of basketball diplomacy — perhaps running could be the next thing for North Korea. The Pyongyang Marathon celebrates the birth of the fearless leader who founded the country. For nearly three decades, it's been for elite athletes only.
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Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes

After the Target and Neiman Marcus data breach compromised credit card data of at least 70 million American consumers, the banking and retail industries are coming to a consensus to move away from the swipe and signature system to the much more secure chip and PIN process available around the world.
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Spain Exits Bailout In A Sign Of Progress, Not Full Recovery

Spain's banking system is officially marking the end of its reliance on bailout loans from Europe — only the second eurozone country to do so. Although the banking system may be on surer footing, the overall economy — with youth unemployment pushing 60 percent — still has a long way to go.
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From The Trenches To The Web: British WWI Diaries Digitized

The British National Archives is posting 1.5 million pages of World War I diaries online. The personal accounts provide new insight into the lives of the troops who fought the war that began 100 years ago. "Everywhere the same hard, grim, pitiless sight of battle and war," reads one entry.
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Online Donors Send Jamaican Bobsled Team To Sochi

After word spread that Jamaica's two-man bobsled team had qualified for the Olympics but didn't have money to go to Russia, Internet donors stepped in — even contributing in Dogecoin, the peculiar digital currency.
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Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil's Delays Have FIFA Concerned

Months before Brazil hosts the World Cup, preparations are going at breakneck speed to host the hundreds of thousands of tourists who will pour in to watch the extravaganza. Still, construction on several of the proposed stadiums is behind schedule, and infrastructure upgrades have been delayed, as well. Will Brazil be ready for the games?
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Turkish Opposition Eyes Its Oppurtinity In March

Voters in Turkey go to the polls on March 30 to elect local officials, and the election is seen as the first chance for Turks to weigh in on a number of major controversies. These include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly autocratic governing style, the growing repression of free speech and a corruption scandal that has claimed the jobs of three cabinet ministers thus far. The race for Istanbul mayor is seen as the best hope for Turkey's secular opposition to lift itself off the political mat and become a contender again.

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