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Spasm Of Religious Violence Sweeps Nigeria

Nigeria is again gripped by deadly religious violence. Friday night, a coordinated series of bomb and gun attacks ripped through the largest city in the nation's Muslim north. The attacks were claimed by a militant sect that seeks to impose Islamic law in Nigeria. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.
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Barbie In Iran: A Western Plot?

Police have closed down dozens of toy shops for selling Barbie dolls in Iran, part of a decades-long crackdown against "manifestations of Western culture." Host Scott Simon looks at what's being called a "cultural Trojan horse."
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Wins In Landslide

The final election results were read out Saturday with little ceremony, but the final tally cemented what most people in Egypt already know: Islamist groups are the new political powerhouse in post-revolutionary Egypt.
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China Hedges Mideast Oil Bets Amid Iran Tensions

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has been in the Persian Gulf region this week, discussing access to oil in the increasingly tense region. China is the biggest customer for Iran's oil. But Saudi Arabia actually sells China more oil, and the Chinese leaders want to make sure that will continue.
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New U.S. Ambassador Already Facing Critics In Russia

Michael McFaul has been a key figure in the Obama administration's attempt to reset relations with Russia. Now he has become the ambassador, but relations with Moscow are still rocky as the countries differ on several big issues.
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Artists React To Mexico's Drug War With Music And Poetry

Poetry and other art forms have been integral to the "Peace with Justice and Dignity" movement. Poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was murdered by members of a drug cartel, says the poet has a moral responsibility to tell these stories.
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Chinese Debate Former Tycoon's Death Sentence For Fraud

The case of Wu Ying, a young Chinese woman sentenced to death for defrauding investors of 770 million yuan ($122 million), is headed to China's Supreme Court, after Wu lost her appeal of her sentence late this week.

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