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Chinese Welcome Easing Of One-Child Policy, But Can They Afford It?

Demographers say China needs more children because the country is aging and the workforce is shrinking. But raising kids costs so much these days that many parents are expected to forgo the option of having a second child.
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China Sends Warplanes To Air Defense Zone

The flights are the latest developments regarding the disputed zone staked out by China. The U.S., Japan and South Korea have all sent military aircraft through the zone to show they have no intention of respecting it. The zone over the East China Sea overlaps with areas claimed by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
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Japanese 'Prince' Switched At Birth Was Raised A Pauper

A court has ruled that a social welfare organization that ran a hospital where the mix-up occurred must pay the man about $317,000 for causing him "mental distress by depriving him of an opportunity to gain a higher education." The 60-year-old man is a truck driver. The boy raised in his place by the rich family became the president of a real estate company.
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18 Sunnis Found Shot Dead In Iraq

The discovery is reminiscent of the period following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq when Sunni and Shiite death squads roamed the streets. More than 5,000 people have been killed this year, making it one of the deadliest years in Iraq since violence hit a peak in 2006-'07.
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Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills At Least 2 In Pakistan

The incident comes amid growing controversy in Pakistan over U.S. drone attacks. The dead are thought to be civilians, according to Pakistani officials. The Associated Press says the strike killed a member of the Pakistani Taliban.
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Thai Protesters Storm Army Headquarters

Protesters said they wanted the military's help to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. But the prime minister has refused to go, and has ruled out using force to stop the protests, which began last weekend.
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Blogger Arrested For Inciting A Protest In Egypt

Security forces in Egypt have arrested a prominent political activist over inciting a demonstration. That's according to the blogger's family. The protest was in defiance of a new law that heavily restricts demonstrations in the country.
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Islamic Extremists Alter Dynamics In Syria's War Civil

The extremists have emerged as the best armed and financed opposition to the regime of Bashar Assad — eclipsing the opposition groups favored by the West. The surge is having a profound impact along the Turkish border with Syria.
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For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier

As video games become more mainstream, some social action organizations are using them to raise awareness or raise funds. They advocate for a range of causes, from the struggles of women in the developing world to the effects of power in Congress.
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Blitz The Ambassador: Fighting Against Invisibility

International rap artist Blitz the Ambassador grew up listening to Public Enemy in Ghana. Now he's bringing an African flavor to American hip-hop. Blitz speaks to host Michel Martin about his upcoming album, Afropolitan Dreams. This segment initially aired Sept. 9, 2013 on Tell Me More.

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