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Clinton Steps Up Calls For A Halt To Violence In Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $10 million in U.S. aid for Syrians and had more tough words for the country's president. Clinton says there's consensus that Bashar Assad should silence his guns, but debate continues over arming the opposition and other steps that could help Syrians.
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Some Evacuated From Syrian City Under Siege

In Syria, medics working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are evacuating the injured from a neighborhood of Homs. The area known as Baba Amr has been under a long and heavy bombardment from Syrian government forces. Melissa Block talks with Saleh Dabbakeh, a spokesman for the ICRC who is in Damascus.
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Syrian Official Says Media Coverage Is Manipulated

Melissa Block talks to Zouheir Jabbour, Chief of Mission of the Syrian Embassy in Washington, DC, about the call for a ceasefire in Homs and the allegations of atrocities by the Syrian regime.
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'Friends Of Syria' Group Calls For Ceasefire

Representatives from some 70 countries met in Tunis on Friday and issued an ultimatum to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, demanding an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian access to cities like Homs that have been under bombardment by the Syrian army. Audie Cornish talks to Michele Kelemen about the news.
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Hezbollah Suspect May Face U.S. Military Commission

To date, U.S. military tribunals have been reserved for al-Qaida and Taliban suspects. But now the Obama administration is seeking to try a Lebanese man accused of orchestrating the killings of five American soldiers in Iraq.
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U.S., Other 'Friends Of Syria,' To Call On Syria's Assad To Step Aside

The diplomatic pressure comes as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad continue to pound the city of Homs and surrounding areas.
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How To Properly Dispose Of Sacred Texts

The burning of Qurans by the U.S. military in Afghanistan has led to days of rioting by Muslims who say it was a desecration of their holy book and an affront to Islam. Many faiths prescribe specific rituals for disposing of their sacred texts.
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Portuguese Seeking Opportunities In Former Colonies

Like Greece, Portugal is sinking under the weight of debt, and unemployment is soaring. Unlike Greece, Portugal has former colonies rich in natural resources and in need of labor. Now, Portuguese workers are seeking visas to places such as Angola, a country rich with oil and diamonds.

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