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Norwegian Mass Murderer: Attacks Were 'Spectacular'

Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik addressed his trial in Oslo on Tuesday. He testified that he acted to protect Norway from Muslim immigration and compared himself to a World War II commander, claiming his acts were based on goodness, not evil.
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IMF Report Predicts U.S. And World Growth

The International Monetary Fund issued its World Economic Outlook on Tuesday. The IMF said it expects global growth of 3.5 percent this year, slightly higher than forecast in January. The threat of a financial meltdown in Europe is receding, says the IMF, but the global economy remains fragile.
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Spain Scrambles To Avoid A Financial Bailout

Spain's borrowing costs have risen sharply, renewing fears that Europe's fourth-largest economy could be headed for a major crisis. The country has slashed billions in spending, but unemployment and debt are still rising. Many are wondering whether the austerity could be doing more harm than good.
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How France's Presidential Contest Compares To U.S.

The economy, foreign policy and immigration: These aren't just big topics in the U.S. elections — they're also top issues facing presidential candidates in France. But despite similar issues, France's election system differs greatly from America's, from campaign financing to debate format. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR commentator and Rock Center with Brian Williams special correspondent Ted Koppel about the issues, the players and the politics.
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Fear Drives China's Oppressive Rule In Tibet, Dalai Lama Says

Chinese leaders fear what might happen if Tibetans were allowed to live freely and others under Chinese rule started to demand more respect for their rights, the Buddhist spiritual leader says.
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Cardboard To Be Used In Temporary Cathedral

The New Zealand town of Christchurch is rebuilding after an earthquake left its 19th century cathedral in ruins. Its replacement has been dubbed "the cardboard cathedral." It's a temporary fix while the permanent building is under construction.

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