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Law Enforcement Straddles Atlantic To Round Up Alleged Mobsters

The FBI and Italian police made two dozen arrests on Tuesday in connection with an alleged drug trafficking ring. The ring involved mobsters in Brooklyn and members of the 'Ndrangheta, a powerful crime syndicate based in Calabria, Italy.
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Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations

In a major address, Hassan Rouhani mocked U.S. military threats. But he also used the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution to say that negotiations with the U.S. and others offers the best path for Iran.
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In Two Long-Frozen Asian Disputes, Everyone Agrees To Talk

South Korea announced the first high-level meeting in years with rival North Korea. And for the first time since they split in the 1940s, China and Taiwan held government-to-government talks at a senior level.
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How Not To Get Swept Off Your Feet By A Sweetheart Scam

Some Americans are discovering the high cost of love. That's because some online flings are pumping them for money — sometimes tens of thousand of dollars. It's what experts call a "sweetheart scam." Host Michel Martin finds out more from consumer columnist Sheryl Harris.
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Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President?

Eleven candidates are trying to replace Hamid Karzai in the April 5 election. Ten are Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group. Candidates are already holding rallies, debating and wooing the support of tribal leaders. Here's a rundown of the top contenders.
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Local Economy Suffers After Afghan Housing Bubble Bursts

The housing bubble in Afghanistan was created by the influx of international organizations and their thousands of workers over the last 12 years. As countries pull out of Afghanistan, rent prices are tumbling, vacancies are soaring and sales have flatlined.
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Twittersphere Lets Us In On Diplomats 'Normal' Banter

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power used Twitter to tweet her Russian counterpart after he made snarky comments about her meeting with members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot. It's the latest high-profile incident of diplomats engaging each other using less than 140 characters. Renee Montagne talks with Alec Ross, former senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about diplomatic protocol in the era of social media.
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U.S. Soccer Team Gets 'Tough' Draw In World Cup's First Round

The World Cup soccer extravaganza being held in Brazil opens in June. And the U.S. team faces a number of challenges. It will face some of the world's best teams and will be doing this in the middle of the Amazon.
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Iran Celebrates Revolution's 35th Anniversary

The anniversary comes at a time when Iran's new president appears to be trying to reduce tensions over the country's nuclear program, and seeking closer ties with the West. Renee Montagne talks to Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, about the celebrations in Iran.
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Political Change Allows Ex-Iranian Diplomat To Visit Iran

Steve Inskeep talks to former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian on the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Mousavian was Iran's ambassador to Germany and a nuclear negotiator until Iran charged him with spying. He fled to the U.S. and recently made his first trip back to Iran in five years.

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