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Well, Morgan Freeman Did Play Nelson Mandela In A Movie

Among the many memorials in India that honor the former South African leader is a billboard that mistakenly features a photo of the actor. It's not the first time that Freeman's been inadvertently mixed up in a misidentification.
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Cuba Loosens Restrictions On Buying New Cars

Automotive News reports the state altered regulations, first in 2011, and now a second time, making it simpler for Cubans to buy or sell new cars. Cubans, too, now have the freedom to ask: "What do I have to do to get you in this new car today?"
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Conflict In Southern Sudan Grows Worse

On Thursday, President Obama warned the country is "on the precipice." Forces opposed to the nation's president have taken control of a major town, and killed at least three U.N. peacekeepers in the process.
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Russian Amnesty Decision Made Before Start Of Winter Olympics

Two members of the Russian activist band Pussy Riot and billionaire Mikhail Khordorkovsky are expected to be released from prison by Russian President Vladimir Putin. David Greene talks to reporter Masha Gessen about whether this move signals a liberalizing trend, or is simply a calculation ahead of the 2014 Olympics.
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Report: West Can Use Science To Forge Ties With Iran

The National Iranian American Council is out with a report that examines what the West can do to cultivate the resurgence of moderate forces in Iran. Steve Inskeep talks to President Trita Parsi about the council's conclusions and recommendations.
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U.N. Ambassador Laments Misery In Central African Republic

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was sent to try to stem the growing violence that has gripped the country since Muslim rebels toppled the government in March. Christians and Muslims, who once peacefully co-existed there, are now living in a nation on the brink of genocide.
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Update: Putin Critic Khodorkovsky Released From Prison

The Russian leader pardoned Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once that nation's richest man. He has spent a decade behind bars for a fraud conviction that critics say was a politically motivated charge.
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Senators Cross Aisle To Call For New Sanctions On Iran

A bipartisan measure introduced by 13 Republicans and 13 Democrats defies the president by calling for new sanctions if Iran breaks a deal on its nuclear program.
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In Storied Hastings, English Fishermen Worry About Overfishing, Competition

In the ancient town of Hastings on England's south coast, fishermen go to sea in small, ten meter boats, much as their forebears did. One fisherman dates his family back to the 1580s. Now they face competition from big boats and worry that overfishing will ruin their livelihood. Their work is dangerous. They often have to go out in rough seas to support their families. Now and then a fisherman is lost at sea and when that happens, one wife says, "the fishermen stick together and help each other — always."
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Vladimir Putin Says He'll Free The Jailed Oil Tycoon Who Criticized Him

Russian president Vladimir Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky as part of an amnesty passed by Russia's parliament for thousands in prison or under investigation. For more on the potential release of Khodorkovksy, who was once the wealthiest man in Russia, Melissa Block talks to Susan Glasser, editor of Politico magazine.

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