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Can Eurozone Countries Actually Follow Their Own Rules This Time?

When the euro was set up in the late 1990s, the Stability and Growth Pact clearly spelled out limits for deficits and debt. But nearly everyone broke those rules, including France and Germany. Now that European leaders are trying to create new rules, the question is — how will they enforce them?
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Islamist Parties At Odds In Egypt's Ongoing Elections

Early results indicate that the incoming Parliament is likely to be dominated by Islamists. But two leading Islamist blocs — the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists — have little in common and are doing their best to undermine each other.
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A Brutal Detention, And A Defiant Syrian Activist

By day, "Ahmed" worked a regular job; by night, he protested against the Syrian government. He knew that "one day my time is coming." That grim prediction came true when he was grabbed off the streets and taken to a detention center, where a "welcome beating" was just the beginning.
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GOP Candidates Affirm Their Support Of Israel

The GOP presidential contenders addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition Forum Wednesday. Lynn Neary talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for more.
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Assad Says He Didn't Order Killings Of Protesters

In an interview with ABC News, Syrian President Bashar Assad says that he has not ordered his military to kill anti-government protesters there. Lynn Neary and Robert Siegel play some of the interview.
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Conservative Wins Make Liberal Egyptians Wary

Roughly one-third of Egyptians voted in the country's first round of parliamentary elections, and Islamist parties scored big victories. That's given some liberal Egyptians and observers pause. Ed Husain, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks about Egypt's Islamist parties.
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War And Violence On The Decline In Modern Times

Despite news of terrorist bombings, U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and crackdowns in Syria, two recent books argue the world has never seen so little war and violence. Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, and Joshua Goldstein, author of Winning the War on War, discuss.

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