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With Al-Qaida's Core Weakened, U.S. Shifts Focus

As al-Qaida fragments, threats to the U.S. are changing, though not disappearing, say intelligence officials. They are now worried about the threat posed by al-Qaida affiliates in Africa and the Mideast — and particularly how they may take advantage of unrest after the Arab Spring.
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Arab League's Credibility Tested By Violence

The ongoing violence in Syria is testing the power — and credibility — of the Arab League. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Shibley Telhami, a professor at the University of Maryland and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, for some context on the Arab League.
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Protesters Take To Streets After Egypt Soccer Deaths

Angry demonstrators converged on Cairo's Tahrir Square Thursday to protest yesterday's melee after a soccer match in northern Egypt that left more than 70 dead. Many of the demonstrators are blaming the ruling military council for the bloodshed, saying the generals have not done enough to restore security in the country.
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30 Years Later, Photos Emerge From Killings In Syria

When Syrian ruler Hafez Assad brutally crushed an uprising in the city of Hama in 1982, details emerged slowly and there were virtually no photos. Now, Syrians are marking the event three decades later amid a new uprising. And a few photos from the 1982 crackdown are now appearing, though their origins are hard to trace.
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Ferry Sinks Off Papua New Guinea: 200+ Rescued, But 100+ Missing

The ferry was headed from Kimbe, a popular diving site, to Lae. It isn't known yet what caused the disaster. Rescuers are confronting high winds and rough seas as they search for survivors.
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Egypt Soccer Game Turns Deadly For Fans

In Egypt, at least 74 people were killed and hundreds more injured when fans stormed the field following a soccer game Wednesday. Officials are investigating why riot police failed to stop the chaos. The military has declared three days of mourning.
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Panetta: U.S. To Move Out Of Combat Role In Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says U.S. troops hope to begin transitioning from a combat role in Afghanistan to a role that focuses on training Afghan troops instead. The transition could happen sooner than expected — possibly by mid- to late-2013. U.S. troops would still remain in Afghanistan through at least the end of 2014, however. Audie Cornish talks to NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman, who has the latest.
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Sir No More: Former Bank Chief Stripped Of Title

The knighthood of Fred Goodwin, the ex-chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has been revoked. He led the bank to near-collapse in 2008, and his massive pension generated public outcry. Now, though, some people say the loss of his title is an attack on business.

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