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Weapons Inspector Points Out Challenges Facing Deal On Syria

Steve Inskeep talks to David Kay, former chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq about the Russia-U.S. brokered plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.
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Engineers Begin Righting Wrecked Cruise Ship

The Costa Concordia is lying on its side in shallow waters off the west coast of Italy. It struck a reef 20 months ago when the captain steered too close to land. Thirty-two people died. On Monday, the task is to begin to slowly rotate the ship to an upright position, using a complex system of chains and underwater platforms and cables.
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South, North Koreans To Return To Kaesong Complex

South Korean managers are heading back to their factories at a complex located just north of the Demilitarized Zone. They're teaming up with North Korean workers to test-run idle assembly lines. The complex has been closed for five months because of political tensions between the two countries.
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Germany's Refugee Policy Tested By New Arrivals

As many as 5,000 Syrian refugees are moving to Germany this month, but they aren't receiving the warmest welcome in a country where a growing number of Germans are unhappy about the steady stream of asylum seekers. Fanning the flames are extremists, who want Germany to close its doors to refugees.
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U.S. Allies Meet In Paris On Syria Plan

Diplomacy on Syria shifts to the United Nations, where the Security Council on Monday will hear what chemical weapons inspectors found when they visited the scene of last month's deadly gas attack. At the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris to talk to allies about the U.S.-Russian agreement on getting rid of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.
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With A Card Game, The Portuguese Get Back At Their Creditors

Here Comes the Troika is a satirical card game where players can stash away savings in Swiss bank accounts or fund useless airports or high-speed trains to nowhere. The winner is the one who can hide the most money in offshore accounts, win elections — and avoid the dreaded troika card.
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After Faltering Weeks For Obama, What Counts Is Winning

The deal to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons stocks came after weeks in which Obama and his administration kept changing course in response to roadblocks. Other presidents have improvised their way through foreign policy crises, but past generations weren't able to follow along in real time.
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'Flying Scotsman' Cyclist Obree Sets A New Speed Record

Cyclist Graeme Obree, 48, has set a new world speed record for prone bicycles, as the man known as the Flying Scotsman topped 56 mph during a session at the just-completed World Human Speed Championships, held at Battle Mountain in the Nevada.
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Syria Deal Puts Russian, And Its Influence, In Spotlight

The deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program brings together two unlikely leaders, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Host Rachel Martin speaks to Russian journalist and Middle East specialist Konstantin von Eggert about Russia's position with and influence on Syria.
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Mexico Faces A One-Two Punch From Tropical Storms

From the east and the west, two storm systems are closing in on Mexico, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Hurricane Ingrid is moving toward the country's east coast in the Gulf of Mexico; Tropical Storm Manuel is closing in on the southwest coast in the Pacific Ocean.

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