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In Balancing Act, Turkey Hosts Iranian Nuclear Talks

Turkey is closely aligned with the West, but it also depends on Iran to meet the energy demands of its growing economy. The relationship between Turkey and Iran has shown signs of strain over Syria, where Iran strongly supports the government, and Turkey wants regime change.

Dining With Disaster: Reviving The Last Meal On The Titanic

Dining on the doomed ship Titanic was epic, and many people are recreating those feasts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship's demise. First-class passengers feasted on oysters, foie gras, and other luxuries.

Port-Au-Prince: A City Of Millions, With No Sewer System

Cholera was introduced into Haiti 18 months ago. So far, more than a half-million people have gotten sick and 7,000 have died. Public health authorities say the disease will linger for a long time because Haiti has the worst sanitation in the Western Hemisphere.

Syrian Activists Claim Regime Is Using Force To Break Up Demonstrations

On the second day of a ceasefire, there's less violence but the government is still using force against them, anti-regime activists say.
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Friday News Roundup - International

As the U.S. and NATO agree to a plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan, photographs surface from 2010 that appear to show American soldiers posing with the remains of dead insurgents; North Korea's new leader makes his first public speech; and India test-launches a powerful new missile that could carry nuclear weapons. Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera, Courtney Kube of N.B.C. and Michael Hirsh of National Journal join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


Failed Missile Test May Make North Korea More Belligerent

The disintegration of North Korea's latest long-range missile shortly after liftoff today increases the likelihood that the communist nation will resume testing nuclear weapons or take other provocative steps to show its strength, analysts say.

Pakistan's Parliament Approves Steps For U.S. Ties

Members of Parliament have approved a list of 14 proposals aimed at revamping relations with the United States. This list includes a ban on American drone strikes or any other incursion into Pakistani territory. And, it would bar arms or munitions from NATO convoys that carry supplies through Pakistan for Western forces in Afghanistan.

Chinese Political Scandal Evolves Into Murder Mystery

A scandal in China has led to the ouster of a powerful political player, who was once a rising star in the Communist Party. Richard MacGregor, a former China bureau chief for the Financial Times, talks to Renee Montagne about the scandal. MacGregor also authored The Party, a book about China's political system.