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Explaining Economic Inequality Between Nations

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond looked back over thousands of years of human history to examine fundamental questions behind why some societies built empires while others withered. Diamond now has some new ideas for why vast economic inequalities persist.

Hard-Line Muslims Test Indonesia's Tolerance

Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population and has drawn praise for evolving into a vibrant, pluralistic democracy. But the rise of hard-line Muslim groups and recent cases of religious persecution have led some to question whether it lives up to that reputation.

Talks With Iran To Reconvene Next Month

Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program may not have made any obvious progress, but diplomats at least agreed to keep talking.

Estonia's Fake Chocolate: Born Of Necessity, Reborn In Nostalgia

In tough economic times, people almost never cut out comfort foods like chocolate. But sometimes, when you just can't get the foods you love, deprivation can lead to a new food invention, like Estonia's faux chocolate bar, the Kama bar.

Reagan Blood Update: It's No Longer For Sale

As the NPR news blog The Two-Way reports, the online auction firm says the consigner of the controversial item has apparently had second thoughts and decided to donate it to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation which runs the library and museum dedicated to the 40th president.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Egyptians went to the polls in the country's first-ever free presidential elections. Leaders at a European summit clashed on how to save the eurozone economy. Al-Qaida said a suicide bomb attack that killed 96 soldiers in Yemen was revenge for what it called a U.S.-backed war on its followers. Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera, Courtney Kube of NBC News and Markus Ziener of Handelsblatt join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


Egypt's Historic Voting Continues

Egyptians are voting in their first free presidential election. It was just over a year ago that the regime of President Hosni Mubarak was toppled.