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Poet Pablo Neruda Was Not Poisoned, Officials In Chile Say

It was prostate cancer, not an assassin's poison, that killed the famous Chilean poet, officials announced Friday. The Nobel laureate's body was exhumed this spring to investigate claims that he was murdered at age 69 in 1973.
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India and NASA Home In on Mars

This week, India launched Mangalyaan, its first robotic mission to orbit Mars and probe its atmosphere. Only Russia, Europe, and the U.S. have successfully orbited the planet. Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor in national security affairs, and planetary scientist Bruce Jakosky discuss the Indian space program, as well as NASA's upcoming mission to the Martian atmosphere.
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Palestinian Investigator: Israel Is 'Only Suspect' In Arafat's Death

The comments come on the heels of separate reports by Swiss and Russian scientists that purportedly found elevated levels of polonium in and around the late Palestinian leader's remains. But the investigator refused to say whether he believed Arafat died from polonium poisoning. Israel has denied any involvement.
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'60 Minutes' Apologizes For Benghazi Report: 'We Were Wrong'

A man 60 Minutes said had been on the scene of the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, gave different accounts to his employer and to the FBI. He told them he had not been a witness to the attack. Now, the news show says it was wrong to put him on the air.
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Ask Me Anything: Africa Correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton Answers

NPR's Africa correspondent fielded topics ranging from progress in the Democratic Republic of Congo to racism in Africa and her favorite dish during Friday's AMA.
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In Pakistan, It's Not Just Soldiers With PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is best known for afflicting front-line soldiers in combat. But years of violence in northwestern Pakistan have made PTSD widespread among civilians in a poor and remote region where there are few options for treatment.
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World Headlines: France Has Its Credit Rating Downgraded

In other news, a Japanese lawmaker is in trouble for handing the emperor a letter, a taboo in the country where the imperial family's role remains a sensitive one; and a Ghanaian minister is fired for allegedly saying she'll stay in politics until she makes at least $1 million.
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Strongest Cyclone Ever? Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines

Hopefully, the worst is now over. But the storm was packing some of the strongest winds ever recorded for a tropical cyclone when it hit the islands. Only a few deaths have been reported so far; however, the toll is expected to rise. It's now headed toward Vietnam. Landfall there is expected Sunday.
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Hopes Rising For 'First Step' At Nuclear Talks With Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry is joining the talks in Geneva, boosting expectations about a preliminary agreement. A deal might include some sanctions relief for Iran in exchange for it agreeing to suspend efforts to enrich uranium.
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China's Challenge: How To Keep Economic Boom Alive

The country's economy is at a turning point, and its leaders are gathering this weekend to decide how to steer a future course. For the world's second-largest economy, much hangs in the balance, including hopes for economic reforms. In the past, such gatherings have been game-changers.

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