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And The Award For Most Corrupt Nation Goes To ...

Transparency International's annual index found that the economic crisis in Europe and turmoil in Arab Spring countries contributed to increased corruption. But when it came to naming the single most corrupt country, it was a three-way tie.
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Dead Mice Update: Tiny Assassins Dropped On Guam Again

Brown tree snakes came to Guam aboard ships and planes decades ago. Since then, they've devastated the local bird population. Federal researchers continue to experiment with a unique way to kill the invaders: Drop mice laced with poison into the trees where the snakes hang out.
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American Held In North Korea Reportedly Oversaw Guerrilla Group In War

Some of Merrill Newman's former comrades say the group was "perhaps the most hated and feared fighters" of the Korean War. It's being put forward as a possible explanation for why the 85-year-old, who visited the country as a tourist in October, was detained.
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Thai Anti-Government Protesters Claim 'Partial Victory'

Police allowed them to swarm into the prime minister's compound and shout slogans. Demonstrators want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. Three people have been killed and more than 230 wounded since the protests turned violent two days ago.
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Six-Year Jail Term For Dancer In Bolshoi Acid Attack

Former lead dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was convicted in the January acid attack that nearly blinded Bolshoi Theater artistic director Sergei Filin. Dmitrichenko has acknowledged organizing the assault but said he didn't intend for acid to be used.
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Thai Protesters Swarm Government House After Barriers Removed

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have broken through a gate and forced their way into the prime minister's office compound in Bangkok. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was not inside her office. For more, Renee Montagne talks to former NPR correspondent Michael Sullivan.
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Biden's Pre-Planned Asia Visit Becomes High-Stakes Mission

Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Asia was supposed to be about trade. Biden's first stop is in Japan, which is anxious for support from its U.S. ally in its confrontation with China over the sovereignty of disputed islands in the East China Sea. Biden will then visit Beijing, which wants the U.S. to reign in what it sees as Japanese nationalist aggression. The trip ends in South Korea, which has its own issues with Japan and China.
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Planet Money Spins A Yarn And Makes A 'Perfect' T-Shirt

NPR's Planet Money team has manufactured a T-shirt. All this week we're following its journey around the globe. Today, the T-shirt makes a detour in the Pacific Ocean. Cotton from America gets shipped to a factory in Indonesia where it gets transformed into yarn.
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As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts

The polio outbreak in Syria has spread to four cities, and new cases are suspected each day. But U.N. agencies responsible for combating the outbreak can work only with the Syrian government. This limitation has hobbled vaccination efforts in rebel-held regions, where the virus was first detected.
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Croat Group Sues Bob Dylan For Racism In France

At issue are comments the singer made in an interview in which he drew a line between Nazis and Croats. The France-based Croat group calls it "an incitement to hatred." France has strict laws against hate speech.

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