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Russian Rocket Fails After Launch, Breaking Up Over China

With an expensive communication satellite as its payload, a Russian Proton-M rocket broke apart during its third stage last night. The unmanned rocket failed at an altitude of 100 miles.
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Narendra Modi: From Humble Start To India's Likely Prime Minister

In a country known for political dynasties, Modi's rise has been stunning. He's praised for making his Gujarat state an economic powerhouse, but religious riots there in 2002 leave some uneasy.
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Landslide Win Puts Opposition Party In Charge In India

Defying expectations of a close vote that would require a coalition government, opposition leader Narendra Modi and his BJP party won India's election outright, by a huge margin.
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Opposition Party Wins, India's Congress Party Concedes Defeat

Early results indicate the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party would earn enough parliamentary seats to create a government without forming a coalition with regional leaders.
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Mine Disaster Has Ramifications For Turkey's Prime Minister

Hope is fading that any more workers will be rescued from a mine in western Turkey, where more than 280 miners died after an explosion. Anger toward the country's ruling party is growing.
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Brazilians Use Lead Up To World Cup To Protest Grievances

Protests against June's World Cup — soccer's biggest tournament — swept across host country Brazil on Thursday. Twelve Brazilian cities saw demonstrations as well as many labor strikes.
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Flattened Syrian City Of Homs Is Scene Of Devastation

In the Syrian city of Homs, things are quieter than they have been after rebels retreated in a U.N.-brokered ceasefire. Steve Inskeep talks to Time magazine's Ayrn Baker, who was recently in Homs.
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Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine

Because of corruption involving medical officials, the government and middlemen, only half the people with HIV get medicine. One man lost his wife while they were both on a waiting list for treatment.
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Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine

Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia from January 2012 to February 2014, says, "I've never seen [Putin] devote a speech to the necessity of reuniting Crimea with Russia. That came only recently."
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Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip

A group of Gazan farmers has gone organic. While their produce should fetch a premium price, most of it ends up in the public market, mixed in with regular produce and sold for the same price.

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