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U.S. Underwhelmed With Emerging Powers At U.N.

The Obama administration has courted the world's emerging powers. But now that India, South Africa and Brazil have rotating seats on the U.N. Security Council, U.S. officials and human rights activists complain they're not living up to expectations.
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Amid Violence, Juarez Hosts Independence Day Party

The bicentennial celebration of Mexico's independence was called off in Ciudad Juarez last year due to the terrible violence that convulsed the city. This year, though, the party is on. The city will spend more than $400,000 on a massive fiesta that some 60,000 people are expected to attend. The current mayor says authorities have more control over the violence now. But the murders continue on a daily basis, and not all residents say they feel secure.
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Bloody Standoff Continues In Syria

The uprising in Syria is entering its seventh month, with government security forces continuing a ferocious crackdown on protesters country-wide. With no signs of compromise from either side, there are growing fears of major sectarian bloodletting. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Deborah Amos.
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Abbas Plans To Ask U.N. For Palestinian Statehood

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces that he will present the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition directly to the U.N. Security Council next week. This, despite the threat of a U.S. veto. Abbas said U.N. recognition of a state on territory seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War will allow the Palestinians to negotiate with Israel as equals.
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Venezuelan Know-How Fuels Rise Of Colombian Oil

When Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez fired 20,000 striking oil workers, many went to other countries. Venezuela's loss has been Colombia's gain: Production there has risen from 500,000 barrels a day in 2005 to nearly 1 million barrels today.
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Will It Tip Over? Norwegian Cruise Ship Listing Dangerously After Fire

Norwegian media are streaming their coverage as crews try to keep the MS Nordlys from going over. A fire killed at least two members of the crew and forced the evacuation of 260 others on board.
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Iran's Political Infighting Ensnares 2 U.S. Hikers

The families of two American hikers imprisoned in Iran received hopeful, and then wrenching news this week. Iran's president announced the two would be released, only to have the judiciary deny it the next day. It's an indication the political infighting among Iranian conservatives is intensifying.

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