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Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

The U.N. says today symbolically marks the moment when the world's population reaches 7 billion. A little more than two centuries ago, the global population was 1 billion. How did it grow so big so fast? With the help of a sound montage and video, it gets a bit easier to see how the Earth can produce that kind of a crowd.
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Assad Warns Against Outside Intervention

Syrian President Bashar Assad warned of an "earthquake" if any outside forces intervened in his country. Meanwhile, protesters say dozens of people were killed in the last few days, making this one of the bloodiest weekends since the uprising began.
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Syria's Assad Warns Against Foreign Intervention

In an interview, Assad said calls by the protest movement for a Libya-style no-fly zone over his country — or any other form of intervention — will cause chaos. Assad's regime has long made this argument to maintain its grip on power. But the U.S. and its allies have shown little appetite for intervening in another Arab nation.
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Afghan Success Comes At High Price For Commander

In Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Jason Morris led the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, which suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. The "Darkhorse Battalion" commander says the unit's mission was a success — but he will live with the burden of those deaths.
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Aussie Court Ends Qantas Strike, Fleet Grounding

Fair Work Australia ordered the three unions in contract negotiations with Qantas to terminate all of their rolling work stoppages and other industrial action that have been going on for months. That's the outcome that Qantas hoped for and the government wanted when it referred the dispute to the labor relations board.
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Kenya-Somalia Tension Rises Amidst Drought

Two weeks ago, Kenya sent forces across the border to chase down al-Shabaab militants. The rising hostilities come as the region is dealing with a crippling drought and famine. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton joins host Audie Cornish to talk about the situation on the Horn of Africa.
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Can Oil Fuel Libya's Reconstruction?

Rebuilding Libya will be complex, but the Libyans should be able to pay for reconstruction with their oil. Host Audie Cornish talks with John Hamilton, a Libya expert at Cross Border Information, about the current state and future of Libya's oil industry.
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Obama's Economic Trip Across The Pond

Efforts to solve the European debt crisis are sure to be front and center when leaders of the countries that make up the G20 meet in France later this week. President Obama arrives in France on Thursday to meet with European leaders, and NPR's Scott Horsley joins host Audie Cornish to talk about the president's trip.

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