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Humanitarian Crisis Worsens In Syria

Activists in Syria say there is a growing humanitarian crisis in a former rebel stronghold in the central city of Homs. Rebel forces withdrew from the area on Thursday. Now the Syrian army has moved in and the government continues to deny access to aid agencies, including the International Red Cross.
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Israel, U.S. Have Different Timetables For Iran

Robert Siegel speaks with Amos Yadlin, the director of Israel's Institute for National Security Studies. General Yadlin says he hopes President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will create a "zone of trust" when they meet next week. He says the issue is that Iran's nuclear program may soon progress past a point where Israel has the capability to stop it. The question is whether the United States will promise to take out Iranian nuclear facilities — or provide Israel with the means to do it — if Israel agrees to wait for further diplomacy.
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Castro Withdraws From Public To Write Memoirs

Cuba's Fidel Castro is often taken for dead if he goes too long without a public appearance. His most recent lengthy absence led to another round of rumors on Twitter that he had died. But it turns out the 85-year-old former revolutionary leader hasn't been ill; he's been working on his memoirs.
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After Fraud Charges, Russian Election Under Scrutiny

The Russian government says that cameras in polling stations will prevent fraud in Sunday's presidential poll. But many government critics, who allege that the December parliamentary vote was rigged, plan to serve as monitors at the stations.
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East Africa Tackles Telecom Snafu

People in countries like Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania rely on crucial undersea cables to keep them connected to the internet. A ship's anchor recently sliced one of those cables, so now web traffic is being re-routed to the company Seacom. Host Michel Martin talks with Seacom founder Brian Herlihy.

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