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In Egypt, A Growing Nostalgia For Mubarak

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak went on trial for a second time on Saturday. He's accused of ordering the killing of protesters in the revolution that unseated him. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Leila Fadel about the growing nostalgia Egyptians are expressing for Mubarak's rule.
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Syria Conflict Brings Middle East Leaders To White House

In the coming weeks, the Obama administration will ply host to the leaders of several Middle Eastern nations. They are coming, in part, to register their concerns about the ongoing violence in Syria and to nudge the Obama administration to do more to tip the balance in favor of the rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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Scientists Race To Stay Ahead Of New Bird Flu Virus

"The top priority is diagnosis — the capability to be able to pick up this virus, should it emerge outside of China," says virologist John McCauley. Flu researchers are getting started on creating a vaccine, but there are still many unknowns.
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Week In News: Guns In U.S., Threats Abroad

The gun control debate continued to dominate the news this week with President Obama coming out strongly in support of reforming the current gun control laws alongside the Newtown families. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, about that story along with the bird flu in China, North Korea and the Postal Service.
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Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad Resigns Post

Salam Fayyad's exit ends a power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas that rose to new heights in recent months. Fayyad had reportedly tried to quit his job earlier this week; Abbas initially refused it, but he finally accepted the resignation Saturday.
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Egyptian Judge Abruptly Steps Down From Mubarak Retrial

A Cairo courtroom burst into chants of "The people want the execution of the president" on Saturday after the judge overseeing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's retrial withdrew from the case on opening day.
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Jetliner Crashes Into Sea Near Runway In Bali; All Aboard Safe

More than 100 passengers survived a crash into the sea, after the Boeing 737 they were traveling on from West Java to Bali, Indonesia, missed the runway at Denpasar International Airport. The plane came to rest in shallow waters, simplifying rescue efforts. Photographs showed the Lion Air jet in the water, its fuselage broken just behind its wings.
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In China, Kerry Seeks Help In Calming North Korea

Secretary of State John Kerry is asking China's government to help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea has issued threats of war as it tests its weapons systems. The top U.S. diplomat met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing two days before a North Korea-promised missile test.

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