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Guatemala's Legacy Of Violence Follows New Leader To Power

As Otto Perez Molina takes office Saturday, one of his top priorities is regaining U.S. military aid, which the U.S. banned because of alleged abuses during Guatemala's civil war. Experts say exactly how Perez will tackle the current wave of violence — or if his approach is effective — remains to be seen.
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Russia By Rail: One Last Look

Six thousand miles. Seven time zones. And endless cups of hot tea. NPR reporter David Greene along with producer Laura Krantz and photographer David Gilkey boarded the Trans-Siberian Railway in Moscow and took two weeks to make their way to the Pacific Ocean port city of Vladivostok.
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AAA No More: Credit Downgrade Hits France

France was among nine European countries that saw their sovereign debt ratings cut Friday. The move could boost borrowing costs in Paris and undermine a plan to contain the European debt crisis. But the loss of France's AAA rating is also likely to play a role in President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election bid.
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In Haiti, Hope Is Still Hard To Find

You can see some progress in Haiti two years since the 7.0-magnitude quake hit. But Port-au-Prince is a tour of unrelenting misery and often disturbing images. NPR's Carrie Kahn and Marisa Penaloza report that you can tell the pace of progress by looking into people's eyes — emptiness looks back at you.
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Fawaz Gerges: "Obama and The Middle East: The End of America's Moment"

Despite high hopes following the Arab Spring, the Middle East remains deeply troubled. Renowned Middle East expert Fawaz Gerges explains why he believes President Barack Obama has lost a historic opportunity to redefine America's role in the region.

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In China, Apple Halts Sales Of New iPhone

Apple's newest iPhone went on sale in China Friday but soon sold out in the company's retail stores — and the disappointed crowds and the fights that started outside led Apple to restrict future sales to online purchases, at least for now. Apple fans were angry at the limited supply, and blamed the company — and scalpers.

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