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Friday News Roundup - International

President Barack Obama visits Mexico. The U.S. considers arming rebels in Syria. And the European Central Bank cuts its benchmark interest rate to a record low. A panel of journalists provides analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Does Italy Have A Racism Problem?

The recent appointment of Italy's first black Cabinet minister was greeted with racist comments from a handful of political leaders. That has raised questions about whether the nation has a broader problem with bias. Host Michel Martin gets the latest from NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.
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Africa's Jewish Heritage In Cape Verde

You may not know much about the country of Cape Verde; it's a group of islands off the coast of West Africa. But you may be surprised that many Cape Verdeans have Jewish ancestry. Host Michel Martin speaks with Carol Castiel, founder of the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project, about efforts to restore Jewish burial grounds in the country.
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Overseas Labor Abuses Prompt Business Shutdown

Host Michel Martin talks to Loretta Tofani, who closed her furniture store after discovering poor working conditions at the Chinese factories that supplied her business. She talks about how she made her decision, and about the factory building collapse in Bangladesh.
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It's A 'Tale Of Two Popes' As Benedict Returns To Vatican

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI returns to his newly renovated residence inside the Vatican, where he will be a 10-minute walk from the reigning Pope Francis.
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North Korea Sentences U.S. Citizen To 15 Years Hard Labor

Pae Jun-ho, known in the U.S. as Kenneth Bae, is among a number of U.S. citizens arrested in North Korea over the years.
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How Will Obama Make His Case On Syria?

When it comes to the U.S. role in Syria's civil war, President Obama says he's weighing all options. Whatever he decides, he'll have to make his case to a public that hasn't been paying close attention.

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