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Is Syria's Bashar Assad Getting The Upper Hand?

Since the Syrian uprising began, the opposition often seemed to have the momentum. But that dynamic seems to have changed recently. President Bashar Assad remains defiant and his army seems to be faring better, with help from Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.
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As U.S. Troops Draw Down, Can Afghans Take The Lead?

There are two-dozen Afghan special forces teams in eastern Afghanistan. The Americans want to train six more. Still, they are a small fraction of an Afghan army that is still spotty in its performance.
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U.S. Worries Afghan Forces Will Divide Along Ethnic Lines

The American combat mission in Afghanistan will end in 2014. One concern for U.S. officials is the possibility that Afghan security forces will splinter along ethnic lines. The worry then is that those troops will start taking orders from warlords.
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Reports: American Woman Gang-Raped In India

Police are looking for three men. The woman reportedly accepted their offer of a ride and then was attacked after being driven to a secluded spot in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. A spate of brutal crimes against women has sparked outrage in India.
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Growing Up An Afghan Warlord's Son

Renee Montagne recently returned from a reporting trip to Afghanistan. While there, she talked to young Afghan men, who are the sons of former warlords. The men who spent their youths fighting the Soviets on the battlefields of Afghanistan, sent their sons to universities abroad.
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Moldova Grapples With Whether To Isolate TB Patients

Throughout the Soviet-era tuberculosis patients in Moldova were treated in special TB hospitals. But that system collapsed along with the Soviet Union. Now the Eastern European nation is struggling to cope with worst rate of drug-resistant TB in Europe. And there's a raging debate over whether infectious TB patients should be returned to sanitariums or be treated at home.
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Still A Present Danger, Crackdown On Somali Piracy Continues

This week, three Somali men go on trial here in the U.S. for the slaying of four Americans in a pirate hijacking. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel checks in with J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center, on the status of piracy off the east coast of Africa.
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More Than 100 Dead In Chinese Factory Fire

Fire and explosions ripped through a poultry plant in China Monday, claiming more than a hundred lives. It was one of China's worst factory accidents in memory. Early reports indicate that blocked exits may have contributed to the death toll.

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