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Syria Meets Deadline On Chemical Weapons; Fighting Continues

Syria has delivered data about its arsenal of chemical weapons, meeting a deadline set by the U.S. and Russia a week ago. But the country's civil war is continuing.
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Hostages Trapped Inside Nairobi Shopping Mall

Shoppers at the upscale Westgate Mall came under assault by gunfire and grenades around lunch hour in Nairobi. At least 39 people have died, says Kenya's president, including members of his own family.
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Germany, Lauded For Welcoming Gays, Lags In Granting Rights

Germany's government has not legalized gay marriage or adoption, a position that could cost it votes in Sunday's election.
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Syria Agreement Makes For Unstable Alliances

As Syria turns over its "initial declaration" of chemical weapons, President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin have become partners with the U.S., argues Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. Host Scott Simon talks to Goldberg about the foreign affairs strategy with Syria.
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The Effects Of The Snowden Leaks Aren't What He Intended

Critics of the NSA's secret surveillance hoped the debate that followed Edward Snowden's leaks would prompt the NSA to rethink the operation. Instead, one of the most noticeable effects so far has been a diversion of resources away from intelligence missions toward assessing damage from the leaks.
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Germany's Merkel May Need To Include Opponents In Her Coalition

Angela Merkel is likely to win a third term in elections Sunday, but there may be a change in the makeup of her coalition government. It is possible that Merkel's main opponents, the Social Democrats, will be a major part of the coalition, and they would likely push for more stimulus measures to help struggling economies in the eurozone, rather than the austerity that Germany has demanded up until now.
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Reflections On Brazil

Melissa Block has been in Rio de Janeiro all week, with stories about the upcoming 2014 World Cup, the growing middle class, the complex racial balance in Brazil and much more. She joins Audie Cornish now with some final thoughts, from way up high over the city.
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A Tour Of Language And Customs In Brazil

While in Brazil this week, Melissa Block has heard our local fixer Catherine Osborn use all kinds of greetings and salutations in conversations with people throughout the day. Osborn walks us through some of the customs of everyday interactions in Rio.
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In Brazil, Soccer Is A Way Of Life

Brazil is a five-time World Cup soccer champion; no other country can say that. At the Maracana stadium for a club game this past weekend it was rockin', even with just 19,000 fans.
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All Across Brazil, The Art Scene Is Shifting

Not only are Brazilian artists now getting big play in major museums around the world, but something new is happening inside Brazil: There's a burgeoning appetite for art.

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