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Baghdad, A Decade Later

Ten years ago Tuesday, the aerial bombardment of Iraq began. It was the opening volley of a U.S.-led invasion that would topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. One of the questions is: Can Iraq's fragile democracy hold, as the region splits along sectarian lines?
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Catholics Embrace Pope Francis' Simple Gestures

Pope Francis is formally inaugurated in a mass in St. Peter's Square Tuesday. Leaders from all over the world are attending. In less than a week, the pope has made himself known to the Catholic world and beyond for his direct and simple words and gestures.
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Wish For Obama Trip, Ignite Stalled Peace Talks

President Obama goes to Israel Wednesday — his first visit there as president. He'll also go to the West Bank. Obama's relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems shaky but many say he can nudge Israel in the direction its politicians fear to go.
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Syrian Opposition Elects Interim Prime Minister

Ghassan Hitto is a naturalized U.S. citizen who until recently lived in Texas. He's expected to pick a Cabinet in the next two to four weeks.
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After Investigation, No Evidence 'Wall Street Journal' Bribed Chinese Officials

The Wall Street Journal's China bureau was the subject of a Department of Justice inquiry into allegations that the bureau had been bribing Chinese officials in exchange for information. Investigation by the parent company turned up no evidence to uphold the claim.
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Internet Pioneers Win First-Ever Queen Elizabeth Prize For Engineering

The winners of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering were announced Monday in London. Five Internet pioneers — Marc Andreessen, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Vinton Cerf, Robert Kahn, and Louis Pouzin — will share the honor and the one million pound prize. The new U.K.-based award aims to be a "Nobel Prize" for engineering. Robert Siegel talks to Lord Browne of Madingley about the winners.
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Cyprus' Bank Deposit Tax Would Hit Russian Wallets

Robert Siegel talks to Corey Flintoff about reaction in Russia to a European Union plan to seize close to 10 percent of large deposits in Cypriot banks and close to 7 percent of all other deposits. Many Russian oligarchs park their money in banks in Cyprus because of the favorable terms and banking regulations there.
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Confidence In Cyprus Banks Falters As Government Proposes Deposit Tax

Cyprus is facing a run on its banks after the government proposed taxing bank deposits. The government has put off a vote on the plan in a bid to calm things down. Banks are set to re-open on Thursday after a bank holiday was declared on Monday.

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