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Marine Le Pen Enters France's Presidential Race

Far right politician Marine Le Pen is officially in the French presidential race after getting the required 500 mayors' signatures to appear on the ballot. She launched her campaign in a small town in the north of France, a poor region where many see globalization and immigration as France's biggest problems.
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Westmacott: Afghan Plan Makes Sense

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Washington for talks with President Obama. British Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott talks to Steve Inskeep about what's likely to dominate the agenda of the two leaders: Afghanistan.
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European Court Takes Up Crucifixes As Jewelry

Two British women believe they have the right to wear a cross in the workplace. Both were fired after refusing to remove the necklaces. Their employers state the jewelry does not comply with uniform policy, and that wearing a cross is not a requirement of Christians. Lucy Kellaway, a columnist for the Financial Times in London, talks to Renee Montagne about the case.
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London Olympic Visitors Must Navigate Cockney Slang

Americans and Britons share the same language, yet transatlantic visitors to the London Olympics might struggle to understand what's going on. The games are in East London, home of rhyming slang, a form of linguistic gymnastics. It was pioneered in the nineteenth century by Cockneys as a code to confuse snooping policemen.
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In Gaza, Calls For Change Put Hamas At A Crossroads

The Islamist group, which controls the Gaza Strip, is undergoing "fundamental change," according to analysts and the statements of its senior leaders. Hamas leaders say there are divisions among the ranks as they try to grapple with where to push the movement.

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