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Mexican Leftist Faces Uphill Task In Presidential Bid

The former Mexico City mayor narrowly lost the presidency in 2006. This time he's telling voters he'll create opportunities and stop corruption. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's supporters see him as the best hope in Sunday's election against the front-runner, PRI's Enrique Pena Nieto. But critics of his policies are less kind.
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Friday News Roundup - International

European leaders agree to measures to help struggling euro zone members. Egyptian Mohamed Morsi is to be sworn in as president. Tensions heighten between Syria and Turkey over the downing of a military plane. And Russia's president visits Israel. A panel of journalists join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Violence Targets Women In Mexico, Central America

Violence against women in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala has reached crisis proportions, according to a report by the Nobel Women's Initiative. The group's delegation spent ten days documenting homicides, disappearances, and attacks of sexual violence. Laura Carlsen wrote the report and discusses the findings with guest host Viviana Hurtado.
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Smell Leads Police To 9.5 Tons Of Stolen Garlic

Even before Austrian police pulled over three trucks near the Hungarian border, they could smell that something was up. The trucks had foreign license plates and were way overloaded. Police did not need sniffer dogs to know what kind of contraband they'd captured: more than nine tons of stolen Spanish garlic.
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Contact Group To Focus On Syrian Political Transition

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed she will attend Saturday's meeting in Geneva of a new contact group on Syria. The meeting is aimed at halting the violence and facilitating a political transition in Damascus. Clinton's decision to attend came after Iran was dropped from the meeting, organized by special envoy Kofi Annan.
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Common-Law Marriage Suit Could Alter Canadian Law

A Canadian Supreme Court case has the potential to change marriage across the country. In the province of Quebec, partners in a common-law marriage have no legal obligation to support each other if they separate. But that law's validity came into question when the long time de-facto spouse of a Canadian billionaire demanded alimony payments.
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European Leaders Grapple With Eurozone Rescue

European Union leaders meet in Brussels for their latest summit aimed at saving the eurozone from financial meltdown. The top-level meeting will pit German chancellor Angela Merkel against her increasingly unified partners, France, Italy and Spain, which are determined to win concessions from Europe's economic powerhouse.

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