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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Dies At 57

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died in a Belgian hospital this week at the age of 57 after a long illness. He came to power in 1991 after leading a rebel army from Ethiopia's north and toppling the Marxist leader. He was viewed as a firm U.S. ally in the war on terrorism, but also was accused of human rights abuses in Ethiopia.
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Can Brazil Get Ready For Big Sporting Events In Time?

With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics on the horizon, all eyes are on Brazil now. But there are problems with construction delays and a lack of infrastructure. David Greene talks to Fernando Rodrigues, Brasilia-based columnist for Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, about the challenges Brazil faces.
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Syrian Conflict Stokes Unease In Lebanon

A wave of kidnappings and an alleged bombing plot — both linked to the uprising in neighboring Syria — are shaking Lebanon's precarious sectarian balance. But the foreign patrons of Lebanon's political factions are preoccupied with Syria and appear unwilling to bankroll a proxy war in Lebanon, at least for now.
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Kenya's Answer To Barbecue Is Part Celebration, Part Test Of Manhood

Nyama choma — grilled meat — is Kenya's answer to barbecue. It's usually goat and always signals a celebration. Grooms-to-be have to slice it properly in front of wedding guests to prove their manhood.
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In Afghan Bazaar, U.S. Goods At Bargain Prices

Western aid to Afghanistan hasn't created any U.S.-style malls. But it has helped keep markets well-stocked, like the Bush Bazaar, which specializes in selling stolen U.S. goods.
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Ethiopia Faces Uncertain Future After Leader's Death

Ethiopia's prime minister, Meles Zenawi, has died. He was 57 years old. Meles was reportedly being treated at a hospital in Belgium. He came to power after leading rebels and overthrowing the country's dictator in 1991. He was a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism, but was also increasingly authoritarian.
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Apple's China Plants Still Face Union, Overtime Issues

Apple has taken some meaningful steps to improve working conditions at its Chinese factories, according to a progress report issued on Tuesday by a labor group. The report says that illegal overtime remains a problem at Foxconn plants, Apple's main supplier in China.

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