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Bad Even For Beijing: Smog Hits Extreme Levels

The air quality level in China's capital, already famously poor, literally went off the charts on Saturday. Officials are warning people to stay indoors.
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Effects Of 2010 Earthquake Still Mar Haiti

Three years ago, a massive earthquake destroyed much of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Roughly 200,000 people were killed and more than 1 million left homeless. Now, most of the earthquake debris has been removed, but many of the grand plans to rebuild never materialized. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Jason Beaubien in Haiti.
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Powerful Farm Advocate Pushes For More In Brazil

Brazil now rivals the United States in food production. Environmentalists in Brazil complain that this surge in production has come at the expense of forests, including the Amazon. But they're facing one tough farming advocate: a senator, landowner and head of the country's most powerful Big Agro association. (This piece initially aired Jan. 7, 2013 on Morning Edition.)
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France Aids Mali In Operation To Oust Militants

Military operations are underway by French armed forces to oust al-Qaida-linked rebels from the north of Mali. In a separate operation, French commandos also reportedly attacked an Islamist base in Somalia to try to rescue a French hostage. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.
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As U.S. Starts Afghanistan Drawdown, Long-Term Concerns Linger

President Obama met with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week in Washington, D.C. Their discussions focused on what role the U.S. will play in Afghanistan after 2014, when most American and NATO troops are scheduled to leave the country.
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After Bringing Cholera To Haiti, U.N. Plans To Get Rid Of It

On the third anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake, the country is laying plans to rid itself of the cholera epidemic that followed in its wake. Most scientists now think Nepalese soldiers unwittingly spread the pathogen in Haiti when they joined a United Nations peacekeeping force.

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