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Happy Rosh Hashanah Messages From Iran Ignite Twitter

Melissa Block speaks with foreign policy analyst, author and journalist Robin Wright about Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's Rosh Hashanah tweet, and how it's a signal of changes to come in the country.
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Israelis Watch And Wait For U.S. Military Strike In Syria

President Obama's decision to delay military action against Syria caused consternation among Israeli officials, but also sparked an impassioned debate over whether a negotiated settlement could be had, and what's really best for Israel. All, of course, under the cloud of Iran. For ordinary people, Obama's decision slowed the rush on gas masks as people believe now they can have a quiet New Year holiday — and think about war again next week.
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Illegal Immigration A Hot Issue In Australian Election

A tightly-fought Australian general election campaign reaches its climax on Saturday — and the major issues will be familiar to an American audience. With little to choose between the economic policies of the two major parties, immigration and same-sex marriage are top of the news agenda.
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Military Strike In Syria Faces Uphill Battle In The House

The Senate returns from its month-long recess a few days early on Friday, but only briefly, for the sole purpose of bringing to the floor the Syria resolution. But a Senate vote on the proposal is still a week away, with the House not likely to act until the Senate has finished.
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Expectations Were High When Bashar Al-Assad Came To Power

Melissa Block speaks with David W. Lesch, a professor of Middle East history at Trinity University and the author of The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria for a profile about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Syria Becomes Unofficial Focus Of G-20 Meeting In Russia

At the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, President Obama's Thursday was spent seeking friends for his Syria mission and mending fences over issues of National Security Agency surveillance.
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Iran's President Wished Jews 'A Blessed Rosh Hashanah.' Or Did He?

It's been widely reported that President Hassan Rouhani issued the felicitation via Twitter, but an Iranian adviser pours cold water on the authenticity of the message.
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The World Capital Of Counterfeit Dollars

Making fake dollars is big business in Peru, where counterfeiters hire people to finish each bill by hand.
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Progressive Democrats Doubt Syria Strategy

Host Michel Martin hears from two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus about why they're reluctant to approve a U.S. strike on Syria. She's joined by Representative Barbara Lee of California and Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
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Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club

There's a long history of American artists traveling the globe and collecting huge checks to appear at private events for dictators. Kanye West spent last weekend at a wedding in Kazakhstan.

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