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Venezuela Marks 1 Year Since President Chavez's Death

The government tries to control protests fueled by middle-class Venezuelans, who blame Chavez for inflation, food shortages and crime. David Greene talks to Girish Gupta, a reporter based in Caracas.
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Nigeria Pressed To Do More For Civilians Caught In Insurgency

Militants seeking to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria have killed 150 people in attacks in the last 4 days. The Boko Haram sect launched its uprising in 2009 but has ramped up its violence.
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Ukranian Flag Back On Goverment Building In Donetsk

Andrew Roth, a correspondent for The New York Times, tells David Greene some of the demonstrators in Donetsk were actually Russian citizens — sent into Ukraine by Moscow.
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Before Paris Stop, Kerry Talks To Protesters In Kiev

Secretary of State John Kerry is having discussions in France on Wednesday with America's allies about the crisis in Ukraine. He also is expected to meet with his Russian counterpart.
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Ukranian Soldiers Trapped In Crimea Standoff

Ukrainian troops have been inside their bases in Crimea with sizable numbers of Russian troops and Crimean self-defense units blocking the entrances.
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Iranian Women Make A Push For Greater Opportunities

A new bloom of activist movements have been spurred by the election of President Hassan Rouhani. And women — many of them educated but without job prospects — are at the forefront.
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From Ukraine To Venezuela, Is There A Global Democracy Crisis?

From Ukraine to Egypt to Venezuela, some see a recurring and distressing global pattern of popular protest movements failing to live up to their espoused democratic ideals. We consider whether democracy as a political idea is losing its luster around the world.

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A View Inside The Mind Of Vladimir Putin

David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, served as a correspondent in Moscow for many years. He joins Melissa Block to help explain Russian President Vladimir Putin's worldview.
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World Cup Woes Loom For One Brazilian City

World Cup soccer comes to the Brazilian city of Cuiaba in June. Authorities had planned to be done with a host of infrastructure projects by now, but it's clear that few of them will be ready in time.
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Deep Ties Between Russia And The West Make Sanctions Risky

With Russian troops in Ukraine, the West is considering sanctions to get Russia's attention. While the U.S. and Europe have some economic leverage, it's unclear there's enough to make a difference.

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