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With Annan Out, U.S. Is Pressured To Act In Syria

International Envoy Kofi Annan is quitting and his peace plan for Syria in tatters. So, what will the U.S. and others do now? President Obama has quietly allowed a group to raise money to give to the Free Syrian Army and U.S. diplomats have been trying to get a better sense of the opposition on the ground, offering non-lethal support. Syrian opposition figures complain that these are only small adjustments that won't make a difference amid a rapidly changing situation on the ground.
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Going To The Games: A Spectator's View Of The London Olympics

Want to know a secret? London has been a great place to visit during the Olympics. The city hasn't come to a grinding halt. The weather has not been awful; the sun has even been shining. And London has put out the welcome mat to visitors.
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Spending The Holidays At A Toxic Waste Site

To avoid the crowds at Niagara Falls, why not sail the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or ogle oil refineries in Port Arthur, Texas? In Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures In The World's Most Polluted Places, Andrew Blackwell describes traveling to the world's most contaminated destinations.
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Living The 'Cat Life' In Brazil

Brazil's economy is fast developing and it will garner more attention as it gears up to host the next summer Olympics in 2016. As part of Tell Me More's series looking at fiction from countries on the rise in the global arena, host Michel Martin speaks with Brazilian author Clarah Averbuck. She's the author of "Cat Life."
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Olympics Energize Britain's Patriots, Even (Perhaps) In Scotland

Never before have British sports fans sung the national anthem or flourished their Union flags with such gusto. Never before have British commentators yelled so loudly at the slightest sign their countryfolk may secure a medal.
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Fierce Fighting Continues In Syria As U.N. General Assembly Prepares To Vote

The General Assembly is expected to pass a measure that reprimands the Assad regime. But it's being viewed as a largely symbolic gesture. Meanwhile, fighting continues. And neither side may be strong enough to win any time soon.

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