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Critical Afghan Issue: Future Of Women's Rights

Before the U.S. invasion, life under the Taliban was horrendous for women. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne is reporting from Afghanistan at a time when the focus is on the future, and how the country will evolve as the war winds down.
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After The Quake, Japanese Shop For Survival

Memories of the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan have created a niche industry of "disaster-protection gear." Many Japanese are now fully stocked up on emergency equipment, food and water.
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Afghan Goal: Toning Down The Radical Preachers

Muslim clerics in Afghanistan often denounce the U.S. military presence and speak favorably of the Taliban. The Afghan government is now calling on the clerics to be more moderate, or face penalties.
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Outing Of Al-Qaida Double Agent May Benefit CIA

U.S. officials now say that the man picked to bring a bomb onboard an airliner bound for the United States was actually an agent working on behalf of the CIA. That's the latest twist in a complicated tale — and it raises questions about just how dangerous the group behind the plot really is.
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Ferrari Stunt In China Causes Local Uproar

Authorities in the Chinese city of Nanjing are under fire after a publicity stunt that involved a high-end Ferrari and a Ming dynasty wall. The event was marking Ferrari's 20 years in China. The driver of Ferrari literally burned rubber on top of the wall, leaving tire marks atop the 600-year-old wall. The Chinese have taken to the Internet to voice their complaints. Audie Cornish talks with Rob Gifford, China editor for the Economist, about the incident.
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As Egypt's Economy Stalls, Energy Sector Booms

The Egyptian economy has taken some big hits since the revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak. But the energy sector is flourishing as the government continues to sign production agreements with international oil and gas firms. But in the new Egypt, more and more questions are being raised about the nature of those agreements.

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