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Britain's Cameron Remains Popular Despite Bad Press

After a tumultuous 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron has still come out on top and is more popular than others in his coalition government. Linda Wertheimer talks to Mehdi Hasan, a senior editor at the New Statesman magazine in London, to gauge what the year ahead looks like for Cameron.
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2 Foreign Firms Invest In U.S. Energy Sector

Chinese company Sinopec will invest $2.2 billion into a joint venture with Devon Energy of Oklahoma City. The deal would give Sinopec a partial interest in five oil and gas fields. And, French company Total will invest $2.3 billion with Chespeake Energy. The deals show how hydraulic fracturing technology is sparking interest in U.S. oil and gas production.
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Syrian Uprising Raises The Specter Of Sectarian War

A major factor in the Syrian revolt is the battle between sectarian groups. The Assad family and the minority Alawites have held the top jobs for decades, and feel they would be trampled if the majority Sunni Muslims come to power. These sectarian tensions are never far from the surface in the Middle Eastern nations going through upheavals.
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Egyptians Discuss Final Stage Of Parliament Vote

The third stage in Egypt's parliamentary elections got underway Tuesday. In upper Egypt, tensions between Muslims and Christians have intensified in the aftermath of the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Qena is a stronghold of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement, and its members have clashed repeatedly with local Coptic Christians over the past year.
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Many South Koreans Seem Apathetic About The North

South Korea's president has warned North Korea that his country will respond strongly to any North Korean provocations — but he also said North-South relations could improve if Pyongyang halts its nuclear weapons program. However many people in the South Korean capital seem apathetic about the power transition in the North — and even future relations between the two Koreas.

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