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Violence Continues In Syria On Eve Of UN Deadline

Audie Cornish speaks with an anonymous Syrian activist "Abdul" in Hama, who has been witnessing regular violence in his neighborhood.
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Syrian Government Fires On Refugees In Turkey

For the first time since the Syrian uprising began 13 months ago, government troops have opened fire across the border into Turkey. The attack targeted a refugee camp for Syrians just across the border. There are conflicting reports on casualties, but the incident casts further doubt on the prospects for a ceasefire due to go into effect this week.
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For The First Time, Mr. Gay World Crowned In Africa

The competition in South Africa drew competitors from 22 countries. Black Africans took part for the first time, though one of them now fears for his safety if he returns home to Ethiopia.
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With Cancer Care, The U.S. Spends More, But Gets More

Cancer care costs more in the U.S., but people live longer than they do in European countries, according to new research. But the numbers are 10 years old, and it will take more research to know if today's increased spending is worth it.
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Lack Of Graduates Hampers Portugal's Recovery

Just 28 percent of Portuguese over age 30 have graduated from high school, making Portugal not only Western Europe's poorest country but also its least educated. The EU bailed out Portugal last year, but the low level of graduates complicates efforts to build a modern economy.
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Change Moves Quickly In Myanmar

April's elections in Myanmar, also known as Burma, handed Aung San Suu Kyi's party an overwhelming victory. Her release from house arrest and victory have sparked new hope among many people in Myanmar. The U.S. has also eased some sanctions, but many questions remain about the future.
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Liberian LGBT Rights Under Spotlight

Anti-gay sentiment in Liberia has been growing since the U.S. announced plans, last year, to promote LGBT rights overseas. New legislation in Liberia calls for punishing homosexuality with longer jail time, and one group has been handing out fliers targeting gay-rights supporters. Host Michel Martin talks with freelance journalist Tamasin Ford.

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