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Egyptian Military Raids Foreign-Funded NGO Offices

The State Department is calling on Egyptian authorities to stop the harassment of non-governmental organizations. Egyptian security forces earlier raided the offices of 17 NGOs. The military claims some of them were operating without permits.
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In China, Finding A New Way To Eat In Times Of Plenty

As people get richer, they tend to get fatter. That's what's happening in China, where 25 percent of adults are now obese or overweight. But some Chinese are discovering that it's possible to enjoy times of plenty and still stay slim.
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What The World Eats For A Better, Luckier 2012

On New Year's Eve, don't open the front door in Denmark, look out for falling furniture in Italy and chew lightly when eating black-eyed peas in the South of the U.S.
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In Syria, Arab League Observers Caught In Crossfire

An Arab League monitoring mission is visiting Homs and Hama, major centers of Syria's anti-government uprising, and witnessed violence firsthand. Activists say at least 40 protesters were killed by security forces Thursday. The presence of the monitors has emboldened the protesters, who are chronicling their struggle in videos.
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Terrorists Struggle To Gain Recruits On The Web

Terror groups are using social media to find new followers. But analysts say if you look at the recruiting numbers, the strategy has failed. What's more, their frank exchanges on Facebook and Twitter have been a boon to law enforcement.
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U.S. Military Tests Out Green Tech In Afghanistan

Saving money and lives, as well as improving national security, are the goals behind a U.S. military initiative to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. At one outpost in remote Afghanistan, Marines are using solar power; the Navy is also experimenting with biofuels.
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Tense U.S.-Pakistani Relations Mark 2011

It has been a particularly tumultuous year for U.S.-Pakistan relations. Washington has spent much of the year trying to calm Pakistani anger over several high-profile incidents, including the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Special Forces, and NATO airstrikes that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead. But the U.S. has had its share of frustration with Pakistan's leaders, and outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen openly accused the country's intelligence agency of supporting the Taliban and other militants. Despite the rancor, both sides say they need the other. Still, it doesn't appear relations will improve much in 2012, especially as the U.S. inches closer to withdrawing from Afghanistan.
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How Accurate Is 'The Iron Lady'?

The Iron Lady is a look at the life of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by actress Meryl Streep. Streep's performance has been winning early praise, but how well does the movie capture what really happened? Robert Siegel talks with political biographer John Campbell. Campbell wrote The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister. This is the final installment of our fact check film series.
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A Look At North Korean Ideology

Robert Siegel talks to B.R. Myers, author of the book The Cleanest Race: How the North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters, who takes an unorthodox look at the North Korean regime and its people. They discuss the expressions of grief displayed by North Koreans for their leader.

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