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U.N. Warns Of Possible Genocide In Central African Republic

Conditions are deteriorating in the Central African Republic, where Islamist militants overthrew the government last spring. There's been sectarian violence and a growing humanitarian crisis. Reporter Kristen van Schie of South Africa's Star newspaper has just returned from a reporting trip to the republic, and talks to David Greene about what she has learned.
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Syria's Moderate Rebels Fight A Battle On Two Fronts

On one side, they are battling forces loyal to the Assad regime; on the other, Islamist rebels from among their own ranks. But while the Islamists and the regime are both well-funded, the moderate rebels are looking to the U.S. for aid — and getting little in return.
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As Mirrors Beam Light To Town, Norwegians Share Patch Of Sun

Rjukan lies in the shadow of surrounding mountains for nearly six months every year. But the town recently installed a system of mirrors to bring sunlight to its central square. Not everyone can bask in the glow at the same time, but the project is bringing residents together.
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Far From Diwali's Lights, The Warm Glow Of Home

South Asian communities around the world are celebrating good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness. Sunday is Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. The holiday isn't well-known in the U.S., though, so families rely on themselves to keep the tradition alive.
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Space Agencies Of The World, Unite: The U.N.'s Asteroid Defense Plan

NASA has already scoped out most of the comets and asteroids large enough to do global damage. But the United Nations thinks an international consortium of space programs need to get together in an effort to stop smaller — but potentially still dangerous — asteroids from hitting Earth.
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Morsi Trial May Reignite Anger, Violence In Egypt

Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was Egypt's first-ever democratically elected president. A year after he was elected, he was ousted by the military following massive protests against him. Morsi goes on trial Monday, accused of inciting violence against protesters.
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A Conquered Foe Returns To War-Torn Syria: Polio

Already at war for more almost three years, Syria is facing another scourge. At least a dozen cases of polio have been confirmed so far, and experts fear the childhood disease could quickly engulf the entire country and spread beyond its borders.
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Turkey's 'Rockin' Imam' Inspires Youth, Tests Boundaries

By day, he's in charge of a small mosque in a village in southeastern Turkey. By night, Ahmet Tuzer becomes the lead singer in the band FiRock, which mixes Sufi mysticism and psychedelic rock.
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Germans Warily Guard Their Privacy

Allegations that the NSA eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone created a diplomatic rift and revealed differences in how Americans and Europeans feel about privacy. To explore those differences, Weekend Edition host Scott Simon speaks with Gregor Peter Schmitz, correspondent with the German newsmagazine, Der Spiegel.
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Belgian Teen Shows Stunning Musical Ability

Lou Boland, who is blind and has de Morsier syndrome, has become a star in Belgium through his music and his father's films, videos, and blog centered on themes of disability. Host Scott Simon speaks with Lou, 15, and his parents.

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