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China Downgrades Economic Growth Target

Against the political pageantry of the National People's Congress, China's Premier delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address. The headline figure: a growth target of 7.5 percent. It's the first time that's dipped below 8 percent since 2004.
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Obama Reassures Israel Lobby On His Iran Policy

On Sunday, President Obama spoke to AIPAC, an influential pro-Israel group. The appearance came on the eve of Obama's White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama said his policy is to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
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Financial Woes Keep Spanish Airport Grounded

A $220 million airport opened last year, but has yet to see a single flight. It has become one of the most embarrassing examples of how Spain's regional leaders overspent when the money was flowing freely.
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French Head To The Slopes For Winter Break

Paris has become a virtual ghost town as families vacate the city for two weeks of ski holiday, a time-honored ritual the French seem disinclined to give up. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports.
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Between The U.S., Israel And Iran, Who Blinks First?

When President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, he is expected to try to convince Netanyahu to put off any plans his government may have to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Martin Indyk, director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel.
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Obama To AIPAC: Israel's Security 'Non-Negotiable'

President Obama addressed thousands of pro-Israel activists in Washington for the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday. His appearance before that influential lobbying group comes at a crucial juncture for Israel, with a looming nuclear threat in Iran. Host Rachel Martin shares highlights from the president's speech.

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