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Hungary Faces EU Action Over New Constitution

Critics accuse the prime minister and his conservative Fidesz party of pushing Hungary backward. The European Union says aspects of the country's new constitution violate EU law and treaties. But a government spokesman says the ruling party is merely fulfilling its election mandate.
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In Italy, Search Of Stricken Cruise Ship Suspended

The Costa Concordia shifted slightly earlier today, forcing searchers to back off at least temporarily. So far, 11 people are known to have died. Another two dozen are still missing. The ship's captain is under house arrest.
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Resolve Of Syria's Pro-Government Forces Hardens

It's been one year since the uprisings began that led to the Arab Spring, but one country is proving particularly resistant to the forces of change. Ten months of protest by Syria's people, haven't convinced President Bashar Assad to step down.
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Locke: China Is A Country Of Great Contrasts

Gary Locke is Washington's ambassador to Beijing. He took over the post after Jon Huntsman left to run for president. Locke is the first U.S. ambassador to China to have ancestral roots in that country. Ambassador Locke talks to Steve Inskeep about his impressions of China and its government.
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Taliban's New Political Office Is A 'Game-Changer'

The Taliban has announced it is setting up an office in the Gulf state of Qatar as part of a process that might lead to peace talks in Afghanistan. Michael Semple, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School, talks to Renee Montagne about an article he's written for Foreign Affairs magazine called "How to Talk to the Taliban."

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