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Rabbani: Afghans Are Tired Of War, They Want Peace

Reporting from Afghanistan, Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to Salahuddin Rabbani. President Hamid Karzai recently appointed him chairman of the High Peace Council, which is tasked with negotiating with the Taliban. Rabbani replaced his father who was assassinated last year by a suspected Taliban member.
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Trying To Avoid Bailout, Spain Takes On Ailing Banks

With public coffers near empty, Spain is poised to inject public money into its banking sector and overhaul the industry. Spanish banks were hit worst when the housing bubble burst, and sour real estate loans threaten to derail the whole economy.
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Dark Days In Greece Brightened By Olympic Flame

In Greece on Thursday, the Olympic flame for the London games was lit in the southern town of Olympia. It's the only event planned by the national athletics federation, which recently announced that it's virtually bankrupt. It's a long fall from 2004, when Greece was the world's darling for holding a spectacular Summer Games.
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New French President Pledges To Tax Rich 75 Percent

The President-elect of France, Francois Hollande, wants the richest people there to pay a marginal tax rate of 75 percent on incomes above 1 million Euros. That would be a huge jump from the top rate now, which is 41 percent. Melissa Block talks to Sophie Pedder about the new tax rate — she's the Paris bureau chief for the Economist.
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As Syrian Peace Plan Crumbles, What's Next?

Two deadly explosions on the outskirts of Damascus further undercut a peace plan for Syria. It's clear the current plan isn't working. But there's no consensus on what's the best alternative.
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Russian Agency Says It Foiled Potential Attack On Sochi, 2014 Olympics Host City

A Russian anti-terrorism agency says that its secret service agents have thwarted a planned attack on Sochi, the city slated to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Russia's FSB security service says it found 10 caches of weapons.

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