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MERS Virus Update

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a newly discovered virus in the same family as SARS. Most of the documented cases have come from Saudi Arabia, which has seen a 54 percent mortality rate in those patients. Martin Cetron, director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses the emerging virus.
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A Tale Of Two Massive Rallies In Egypt

Egypt's army chief called this week for rallies to give him a mandate to stage a "war against terrorism" against Islamists. His call drew a huge response from opponents — as well as supporters — of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
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French Court Charges Strauss-Kahn With 'Aggravated Pimping'

Prosecutors say the former head of the International Monetary Fund and would-be French presidential candidate was involved in a prostitution ring in the northern city of Lille.
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Stamps, Jeans, Beer: What Americans Want From North Korea

U.S. citizens who want to buy stuff from North Korea have to send a letter to the government asking for special permission. We got copies of those letters.
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The North Korea Files

Read letters sent by U.S. citizens and businesses, asking for special permission to do business with North Korea.
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North Korea Still Gets Propaganda Mileage Out Of U.S. Spy Ship

The USS Pueblo, captured by North Korea in 1968, is expected to be the centerpiece of the country's "Victory Day" ceremonies marking the armistice that officially ended hostilities with the South.
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Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty, Holder Tells Russia

The U.S. wants Russia to send the "NSA leaker" home for prosecution. In a letter to his Russian counterpart, Attorney General Eric Holder gives what he says are assurances that Edward Snowden should not be "treated as a refugee or granted asylum."
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Egypt Charges Morsi With Conspiracy And Murder

The charges against the ousted Egyptian leader stem from his 2011 escape from prison in the final days of the Hosni Mubarak regime.
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Indian School Deaths: A Village's Pain Compounded By Poverty

An Indian village is mourning the loss of 23 children who ate a tainted school lunch. Its residents, like hundreds of millions who inhabit rural India, live in the shadows of the country's economic rise.
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If You Think The French President Is 'Stupide,' Just Say So

France's parliament has bowed to European Union pressure and removed a 130-year-old ban on "offending the head of state."

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