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So Far At The Games, A Low-Key Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Law

There haven't been any pronouncements in favor of gay rights at news conferences or on medal stands yet. And LGBT activists aren't too surprised.
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Militants In Iraq Blow Themselves Up At Bomb Training Camp

Iraqi officials believe a belt packed with explosives detonated as an instructor was conducting a demonstration. About 20 militants were killed and 15 or so were wounded. It appears that no innocent bystanders were hurt.
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Olympic Photo Of The Day: Speedskater Hug

Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates with his girlfriend and fellow speedskater, Marianne St-Gelais, after winning the men's 1,500-meter short-track speedskating.
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U.S. Citizen May Be Targeted With Drone Strike: Reports

Multiple news outlets are reporting being told by U.S. officials that the Obama administration is considering whether to try to kill a U.S. citizen who has allegedly joined al-Qaida overseas. The individual, whose name has not been released, is alleged to be planning attacks against Americans.
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Brazil's Maria Rita Rediscovers Her Mother Through Music

Maria Rita may be the daughter of Ellis Regina, one of Brazil's greatest singers, but she's also a star in her own right. Host Michel Martin speaks to Rita about finding her own voice in the music world.
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Despite German Domination, More Athletes Drawn To Luge

In 2010, an athlete died in a crash during a training run on the Whistler luge course. This year, organizers of the Sochi Olympics aren't taking any chances — adding three uphill sections to the course to slow lugers down. Given the dangers, why are so many athletes with no chance of winning so passionate about the sport?
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Iranians Look Back On 35 Years Since The Revolution

Tuesday marks the 35 anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution. For more than three decades, relations between the U.S. and Iran have been frozen. But hope for a thaw began to emerge with last summer's election of Hassan Rouhani as president.
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Hollande's U.S. Visit To Send Signal To French Entrepreneurs

French President Francois Hollande arrives in the U.S. on Monday. In addition to a stop at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia, Hollande will travel to Silicon Valley. The French president has been seen as anti-business, but he is trying to send a positive signal to French entrepreneurs with his visit to the world's high-tech capital.
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EU Mute On U.S. Diplomat's Criticism Involving Ukraine

There was a U.S. diplomatic gaff last week. It involved an expletive used by an assistant secretary of State to express a rather rude form of anger at the European Union during a private phone conversation. The phone call was intercepted by someone — presumably another government — and leaked.
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Why Europe Is Interested In Closer Ties With Cuba

Foreign ministers from the 28 nations of the European Union are meeting in Brussels Monday to discuss boosting trade with Cuba. The EU lifted diplomatic sanctions on Cuba in 2008. Now Spain is leading an effort to lift commercial restrictions too.

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