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In Britain, Calls To Regulate A Freewheeling Press

The British voice mail hacking and police bribery scandal has led to calls for government regulation of the press in one of the world's greatest democracies. Perhaps surprisingly, though, the boisterous British press already operates under more constraints than their U.S. counterparts.
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Death Toll For Shipwrecked Liner Rises To 11

Italian media have released the transcripts of conversations between the coast guard and the captain of the cruise ship that ran aground off the Tuscan coast. The coast guard pleads with the captain to return to his vessel and evacuate the passengers. Meanwhile, recovery workers have found five more bodies.
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Coll Discusses His 'New Yorker' Piece

Robert Siegel speaks with New Yorker contributor and president of New America Foundation Steve Coll about his new article on Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. The article is titled "Looking for Mullah Omar."
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Chicago Prepares For Protester Influx

This spring, Chicago will become the first U.S. city outside of Washington, D.C., to play host to meetings of both NATO and the G-8 — at the same time. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is getting ready to lay out the red carpet for thousands of delegates from 80 countries. But the city is also bracing for the hordes of protesters who are expected to descend upon the summits. Tuesday, a Chicago city council committee is set to consider new measures aimed at reining in protesters — and that has set off a debate about the First Amendment in Chicago.
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'F' Is For Funding ... Which Palestinian Muppets Lack

The Palestinian version of Sesame Street depends on U.S. aid. But that money was put on hold by Congress after the Palestinians went to the United Nations last fall and made a request for statehood.
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Gains In Afghan Health: Too Good To Be True?

A U.S.-sponsored mortality survey released last year found huge improvements in health across Afghanistan. But the improvements are so dramatic that experts, including several involved in the survey, question the findings.

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