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Dueling Crises Crush Mali's Cultural Treasures

A coup in the capital and a rebellion in the north have put Mali's cultural treasures at risk. Ancient holy sites have been damaged or destroyed, and an international music festival in the Sahara Desert may be in jeopardy.
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India's Blackout A Reminder Of How Far We've Come

The power outage in India this week, which darkened the lives of nearly 700 million people, brings to mind the time I spent there. It was nearly 50 years ago, when India was still a young democracy and power outages were as common as enjoying a cup of dark, sweet Indian tea.
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Kenya's Youngest 'Outcasts' Emerge From Shadows

Children with disabilities — estimated at more than 1 million — are shunned in Kenya as curses from God, shut away and largely neglected. Some nonprofits are helping these children and their families. But such programs are just a drop in the ocean given Kenya's paucity of basic human services.
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Saudi Arabia's First Female Olympian Makes History In Judo Match

Wojdan Shaherkani wasn't a threat to win her match against Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica. But Shaherkani competed for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, becoming the first woman ever to do so.
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Rumors Of Doping Swirl Around Chinese Swimmer

What would the Olympics be without a doping controversy? The 16-year-old Ye Shiwen of China blew away the competition on the final lap of the women's 400m individual medley race. Her final 50m was faster than American star Ryan Lochte's final 50m in the men's version of that same race. A longtime U.S. swimming coach called the performance unbelievable. And it's prompted a debate over whether Ye is just the latest Chinese swimmer to excel because of doping.
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Annoyed By Tape Delay, Viewers Pry Into BBC's Feed

Frustrated with NBC's live streaming Olympic coverage, a sizeable number of Internet viewers are cracking into the BBC's U.K. coverage. Users outside of the U.K. are blocked, but that can be circumvented with the use of a proxy server. Mitch Stoltz of the Electronic Frontier Foundation talks to Audie Cornish about proxy servers, how they work, and their legality.
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Syrian Rebels Gain Traction With Heavy Weapons

A new report in the New York Times suggests that the arms upper hand the Syrian regime has had over rebel fighters is deteriorating quickly. Audie Cornish talks with Joseph Holliday, a former American intelligence officer who is now with the Institute for the Study of War.
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With Annan Out, U.S. Is Pressured To Act In Syria

International Envoy Kofi Annan is quitting and his peace plan for Syria in tatters. So, what will the U.S. and others do now? President Obama has quietly allowed a group to raise money to give to the Free Syrian Army and U.S. diplomats have been trying to get a better sense of the opposition on the ground, offering non-lethal support. Syrian opposition figures complain that these are only small adjustments that won't make a difference amid a rapidly changing situation on the ground.

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