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Strings Attached To IMF's New Financial Firepower

Member countries have pledged $430 billion to add to the International Monetary Fund's crisis-fighting arsenal. The aim is to amass enough resources to handle any further problems coming from the prolonged debt crisis in Europe, but the funds come with a few caveats.
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Couples Should Get Tested For HIV Together, WHO Says

Couples should get tested for HIV together, and if one person is infected, that partner should start treatment right away, the World Health Organization says. This new strategy is aimed at reducing transmission between "discordant" couples, which accounts for most new HIV infections.
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Slowly, Myanmar Dares To Believe Change Is Real

The pace of political reform in Myanmar has surprised many and, coupled with recent election results, has led to an easing of economic and political sanctions by the West. But the reforms are by no means irreversible, nor are the poor nation's myriad problem easily solved.
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A Look Into The World Of Syria's First Lady

A video appeal to the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad asks her to persuade her husband to stop the killing. The campaign for Asma Assad to "stand up for peace" was started by the wives of British and German ambassadors to the United Nations. Melissa Block talks with Joan Juliet Buck, the last American journalist to spend time with the Assad family before the latest civil strife began in Syria.
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Bill Could Complicate U.S.-Russia Relations

Republicans and Democrats don't agree about much on Capitol Hill these days, but there is one bill gaining bipartisan support. It's legislation that would punish human rights violators in Russia by naming them and denying them visas to the U.S. But the Obama administration is not on board yet. U.S. diplomats worry it could complicate relations at a time when the U.S. needs Russia's support most.
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'Racist' Cake Episode Cuts The Wrong Way

When Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden's culture minister, cut into a cake last Sunday, she had no idea the act would spark an international incident.

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