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Is Kofi Annan's Mission Dead In Syria?

There's new shelling in the Syrian city of Homs, just one day after the government was widely condemned for a massacre of more than 100 people in Houla. Also Egyptians protest election results. Host Michel Martin gets the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa from Al Jazeera International's Abderrahim Foukara.
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'I Could No Longer Bear Witness To Such Barbaric Crimes,' Syrian Says

The man who has represented the interests of Syrians living in Southern California as honorary consul general there has resigned from the volunteer position. Last Friday's massacre in Houla was "the tipping point," Hazem Chehabi tells NPR.
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WikiLeaks' Assange Has Two Weeks To Appeal Extradition Decision

The WikiLeaks founder has been fighting Swedish authorities' efforts to question him about alleged sex assaults. Britain's highest court has now said he can be extradited. But Assange's attorneys plan to challenge that ruling.
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Liberia's Charles Taylor Sentenced To 50 Years For War Crimes

Taylor aided and abetted some of the "most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history," the presiding judge at an international war crimes court said in handing down the sentence.
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Syrian Consul General In California Resigns

The U.S. and several governments worldwide have expelled Syrian diplomats in a coordinated protest against last weekend's massacre of more than 100 civilians in the village of Houla. The diplomatic fallout has spread to California, where Syrian Consul General Hazem Chehabi announced his resignation from the post. For more on his decision, Renee Montagne talks to Chehabi.
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Irish To Vote On Stricter Budgetary Rules

The people of Ireland vote Thursday on a European treaty that imposes strict budgetary rules on eurozone nations. It's triggered a heated debate in Ireland about whether austerity measures are working. The Irish government says rejecting the treaty would cut Ireland off from future EU bailout funds, and isolate the nation.
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Computer Security Companies Debate Flame's Origins

A new cyber-spying program called Flame has been spreading across the Middle East. A Russian security company called Kaspersky Labs discovered the virus. Some experts believe Flame was developed by the makers of the virus Stuxnet.

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