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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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With President Leaving, Yemen Steps Into A New Era

The longtime president will hand over power to his vice president on Monday. Now, the real work begins. How will transitional justice work if the outgoing president is immune from prosecution? Will the U.S. take a new approach in a new Yemen?
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Former Somali General Admits Liability For War Crimes

Mohamed Ali Samantar became the first to be held accountable for the atrocities of the brutal Siad Barre regime in the late 1980s.
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U.S. Apology Over Qurans Fails To Stop Afghan Riots

Two U.S. troops were shot dead by an Afghan soldier in a day of riots and protests across the country over Qurans that were burned. U.S. forces and Afghan authorities are braced for more trouble following Friday prayers at mosques nationwide.
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Syrian Forces Tightening Grip On Parts Of Homs

The Syrian army has reportedly cut off all escape routes from the rebel-held neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs. Syrian tanks were seen moving closer to Baba Amr on Thursday, as efforts continued to negotiate a cease-fire to evacuate the wounded, including two Western journalists.
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Conference To Consider New Ideas For Somalia

Representatives from more than 40 governments gathered in London on Thursday to devise a new international approach to Somalia. The Horn of Africa nation has slid into poverty, hunger, anarchy and terrorism in the two decades since the overthrow of President Siad Barre. The gathering will talk about how they can step up efforts to tackle the root causes of the problem.
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Politics In Myanmar Reverberate In Upstate NY

Several thousand residents of Utica, NY, are watching events in Myanmar with particular interest. They're Burmese Karens who came to upstate New York from refugee camps after waves of violence forced them out of their homeland.
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Syrian Activist: We've Had '500 Martyrs In 20 Days'

Melissa speaks with Abo Bakr, who is a resident of the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs, Syria. He is an activist who was in the house with Western journalists when they died Tuesday. He describes what happened, and what conditions are in Homs Thursday.

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