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Drowning In Debt, Bike Sharing's Bixi Files For Bankruptcy

Montreal-based Bixi, which came up with the bike sharing systems offered in many American cities, has filed for bankruptcy. Renee Montagne talks with Andy Riga of the Montreal Gazette about where things went wrong for Bixi, and the future prospects of its operations in North America.
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Negotiations Begin At Syrian Peace Talks In Geneva

After the formal opening of the Syria peace conference in the Swiss resort of Montreux, government and opposition representatives begin negotiations Friday at United Nations headquarters in Geneva. International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is mediating the talks.
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Cynical Syrians Dismiss Peace Talks As Irrelevant

From a health center on the Syrian-Turkish border full of wounded fighters and civilians, the peace talks in Geneva seem a long way away. Some dismiss them as totally irrelevant to the conflict, saying none of the participants represent them. Others welcome anything that looks like it might bring peace closer.
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Deadly Explosions Rattle Cairo

There have been three deadly explosions in Cairo on Friday. First, a car bomb targeted Egypt police headquarters in the heart of Cairo. The bombings come on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.
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'Grammar Guerrillas' Correct Cambridge Street Signs

In England, when Cambridge removed apostrophes from its street signs, grammarians were aghast. The city council said apostrophes could confuse people. But the apostrophes have re-appeared — inked by what the Daily Mail calls "Grammar Guerrillas."
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Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals

Two weeks before the Winter Olympics, Russian security forces are reportedly searching for potential suicide bombers, at least one of whom may already be in the host city of Sochi. The suspects are thought to be linked to Islamist militants who want to create a fundamentalist Muslim state in Russia's North Caucasus Mountains.
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Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Might Be Heading For U.K.

The 300-foot Lyubov Orlova snapped its towline a year ago while en route to the scrapyard. The ship could contain hundreds of rats that have been eating themselves to survive.
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At The Barricades In Kiev, A City Seethes

Robert Siegel interviews journalist David Stern, who reports from the barricades created by protesters in Kiev. He describes the scene, as well as what the protesters are demanding from the Ukrainian government.
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Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape

A series of horrific cases have focused international attention on gang rapes in India. The latest case has a particularly sinister twist because it was allegedly punishment for a woman involved with a man from another community.
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Musical Theater Takes The Stage In Paris

Broadway musicals are seen in France as a strictly Anglo-Saxon form of entertainment. For a long time, French cultural elites considered them lowbrow and not serious culture. That perception is changing, though, as one of Paris' most revered theatres is presenting musical hit after musical hit. Parisians are now discovering and falling in love with high-quality entertainment that everyone can enjoy.

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