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In France, Fiery Leftist Candidate Strikes A Nerve

Presidential hopeful Jean-Luc Melenchon draws large rallies, rivaling mainstream candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande. Helped along by the economic crisis, he has tapped into working-class anger over wage inequality, the decline of French industry, and global capitalism.
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Exercising Even A Little Bit Makes It Easier For Smokers To Quit

Smokers who exercised just a little bit had an easier time quitting and were less likely to relapse, new research says. Even smokers who can't quit are less likely to die if they walk 15 minutes a day.
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Swedish Cake Cutting Becomes International Debacle

An Afro-Swedish artist created a cake of a naked black woman. As a statement on female genital mutilation, the artist screamed every time attendees cut into the cake. Host Michel Martin discusses the incident that has sparked outrage with David Landes, editor of Sweden's The Local. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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Airliner Crashes Near Pakistani Capital With 127 Aboard

The plane reported had 127 people aboard and crashed in bad weather near the capital's international airport.
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Video Of Children Portraying Adult Criminals Is Withdrawn In Mexico

A video that caused a sensation in Mexico for using child actors to highlight social and political challenges has been removed from both YouTube and the website of the group that produced it. Despite being online for less than a week, "Niños Incómodos" was viewed more than 1.8 million times.
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Video Asks Asma Assad To Help Stop Syrian Conflict

Earlier this week, two women took a new approach to raising awareness about Syria's crackdown. The wives of the British and German ambassadors to the United Nations appealed directly to Syria's first lady with a video on YouTube. The narrator calls on Asma Assad to "stop being a bystander" — and to stop her husband and his supporters from continuing the conflict.
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EU Increases Humanitarian Aid To Syrian Refugees

More refugees are fleeing the fighting in Syria. Lynn Neary talks to European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva about what officials are doing to help the internally displaced, and those who have fled to neighboring countries.

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