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After Israel, Romney Leaves Controversy In His Wake

Mitt Romney is now in Poland, on the third leg of his overseas tour. But before he left Israel this morning, comments made at a fundraiser upset members of the Palestinian leadership. Romney was discussing the gulf between the per capita GDP of Israel and the GDP of areas managed by the Palestinian Authority. He pointed out that some economic historians have theorized that "culture makes all the difference." Some have called his remarks "racist." The campaign says Romney's words were taken out of context.
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Jihadists Play Growing Role In Syrian Conflict

Audie Cornish speaks with Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation about the increasing role that jihadists and foreign fighters are playing in the Syrian conflict.
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Olympic Cauldron Is Put Out, Then Relit, In London

Just when the discussion over the London Olympics' opening ceremony was being overshadowed by actual sporting events at the Summer Games, news emerges Monday that the Olympic cauldron was extinguished Sunday night, so that workers could move it to another part of the stadium.
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An Athlete's Ramadan Dilemma: To Fast or Not?

The London Olympics are underway, and so is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And that's left many Muslim athletes facing a dilemma — to fast or not to fast? For more on how athletes are dealing with this bind, host Michel Martin talks with Al Jazeera English's Lee Wellings.
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Highlights Of Monday's Events From The London 2012 Olympics

Swimming is again the big draw in the London 2012 Olympics Monday, with four gold-medal races scheduled. Olympic competitions are being held in 22 sports today — meaning there are dozens of events. Below, we list the ones we'll be keeping a close eye on.
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Syrian Conflict: Refugees Race To Escape; Battle Goes On In Aleppo

Jordan is preparing to shelter tens, if not hundreds, of thousands. In Iraq, Syrians who thought they would be welcomed are finding themselves locked up and prevented from visiting relatives.
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Fun — And Olympic Games — On National Cheesecake Day

Some food holidays are pure marketing, but at least this one has a bit of Olympic history behind it. Some of the first Olympians were said to have dined on cheesecakes, although they sound a bit different from cheesecakes today.
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Grid Failure In India Cuts Power To 370 Million

The massive outage affected more people than live in the entire U.S. and caused chaos in some cities. Still, the country's power minister boasted that India has one of the world's best power grids. His claim didn't go over well.
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Traffic In London Not So Jammed

Traffic is moving well despite fears that the Olympic Games would clog the city. The M1 highway is busy but somewhere between normal and nice, and the AP reports no problems inside London. The commute to the houses of Parliament is five minutes shorter than normal, and bicyclists are loving roads cleared of cars for Olympic races.

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