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Snowden Is A Finalist For European Human Rights Award

Europe's Sakharov Prize recognizes people who fight for human rights. Other finalists this year include Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived being shot in the head.
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Fearing Detention, Many Young Syrian Men Stay In The Shadows

In parts of the Arab world, the streets are full of men, while women are relatively scarce. But in Syria, the civil war has reversed this dynamic. Many young men are living as virtual recluses because they fear they will be detained as suspected rebels or rebel sympathizers.
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Shahan Mufti: "The Faithful Scribe"

Journalist Shahan Mufti describes himself as "100 percent American and 100 percent Pakistani." We talk with Mufti about the importance of storytelling for people and nations alike, and Pakistan's role in world events.

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Chemical Weapons Disarmament Team Arrives In Syria

With a deadline of June 2014, the task of dismantling Syria's chemical weapons arsenal is in its early phases.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Takes On Zombies

There's a new video game about to launch called "You Don't Mess With Putin." In it, the Russian leader battles some unlucky zombies at a news conference. But no superhero can do it alone. His sidekick? A hard-drinkin' American who goes by the name Comrade Mike.
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Hockey's Ovechkin Helps Move Olympic Torch From Olympia

Hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin was among the first torch bearers for the 2014 Olympics that will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. David Greene talks to Ovechkin about the various challenges ahead for the Winter Games, as well as the upcoming hockey season.
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Netanyahu Urges World To Keep Pressure On Iran

A day after a meeting with President Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes center stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He will likely dwell on Iran's suspect nuclear program and warn the world community against being taken in by Tehran's recent charm offensive.
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Ethical Tradition Meets Economics In An Aging China

As people around the world live longer, many nations are having to find new ways to care for their aging populations. In China, a new law requires adult offspring to visit and look after their elderly parents. China's one-child policy complicates the issue further, and some dismiss the law as another attempt to legislate morality by a government that is riddled with corruption.
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Turkish PM Pushes Reforms For Religious Minorities, Kurds

Turkey's prime minister announced Monday a long-awaited package of democratic reforms for parliamentary approval, including language and political rights long sought by Turkey's Kurdish minority. The package would also end a legal ban on women wearing headscarves in certain state institutions, and make goodwill gestures toward religious minorities. Kurds say the program doesn't go far enough, but analysts hope the moves will keep a fragile Turkish-Kurdish peace process alive.
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Claim: Leaks About Al-Qaida Do More 'Damage' Than Snowden's

In August, there were reports that the terrorist network was planning new attacks. Since then, officials tell The New York Times, there's been a sharp drop in the number of messages being passed between al-Qaida operatives. They think the leaks lead terrorists to go quiet.

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