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At 85, Senegal's Defiant President Seeks A New Term

Senegal's president, 85-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, is seeking a third term in elections this month. But his challengers — and many Senegalese — say it is against the constitution, and that it's time for him to step aside.
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A Pragmatic Princeling Next In Line To Lead China

The son of a communist revolutionary hero who was later imprisoned, Xi Jinping is set to become China's next leader. Family members and friends paint a portrait of a humble man with an appetite for knowledge, who is an efficient administrator and an open-minded politician.
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U.S. Watches Closely As Oil Drilling Begins Off Cuba

A Spanish company has begun drilling for oil in the Caribbean north of Cuba, just 80 miles from the Florida coast. Researchers and response crews in Florida are already making contingency plans for a possible spill.
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Iran's 'National Internet' Would Block Most Sites

Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter played an important role during last year's uprisings in the Middle East. Now Iranian officials are increasing their control on what its citizens can post, upload and read on the Internet. Robert Siegel talks to Washington Post reporter Thomas Erdbrink for more.
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Austerity Deal Spurs Backlash In Greece

Melissa Block speaks with economist Elena Panaritis — a member of the Greek parliament and an economic adviser to Prime Minister Loukas Papademos — about her vote for the Greek austerity deal and the vehement backlash against it.
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Should U.S. Constitution Be An International Model?

Egypt is set to start rewriting its constitution in March, a year after the fall of president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. During a visit to Egypt, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she "would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012."
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Op-Ed: U.S. Should Use 'Tough Love' In Syria

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Georgetown professor Daniel Byman says U.S. policy focuses too much on removing the dictator and not on filling the void left behind. He says that to help in Syria, the U.S. and its allies should train the rebels and use "tough love to cajole and reward the opposition."

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