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German President Resigns Amid Scandal

Germany's president, a key ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, steps down amid a brewing scandal surrounding his past financial dealings.
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What It Feels Like In China When Europe Comes Asking For Help

"Twenty-two years ago China was a basket case — a very poor developing country. So I really feel quite proud."
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Liu Xiaobo: 'No Enemies, No Hatred,' Only Courage

The Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo may be imprisoned, but his voice will not be silenced. His recent writings and poems have been collected in No Enemies, No Hatred.
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The Woman Behind Egypt's Crackdown On Aid Groups

Faiza Aboul Naga, a holdover from Hosni Mubarak's regime, is emerging as the driving force behind Egypt's efforts to clamp down on U.S.-funded pro-democracy groups. The female Cabinet minister says U.S. aid has been used to shape post-revolution Egyptian politics, stoking widespread xenophobia.
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Karzai Says Afghanistan In Talks With Taliban

The Taliban has strongly denied it has begun peace talks with the Afghan government and the US. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said talks among the Taliban, US and Afghan officials have already begun in the Gulf state of Qatar, but it hasn't been confirmed. Taliban media spokesmen have long maintained there will be no peace talks with what they call the "puppet" government in Kabul. Karzai is holding talks Thursday in Islamabad with leaders of Pakistan and Iran, discussing prospects for negotiations with the Taliban. NPR's Kabul bureau chief, Quil Lawrence, talks with Robert Siegel about the news.
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Mubarak Ally Behind Crackdown On NGOs

While the Egyptian government has presented a united front in the crackdown on American pro-democracy groups, a once little known cabinet minister is actually the one behind it. Her name is Fayza Aboul Naga and she's good friends with the wife of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Those familiar with her say she's leading the charge because the US wrested away aid that once used to flow through her hands.
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The Anatomy, Complexity Of The Syrian Opposition

Since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011, international attention has been focused on the marches and demonstrations led by the Syrian opposition. Though it is often cast as a monolith, the Syrian opposition is made up of many subgroups with varied interests.

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