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Fethullah Gulen: Turkish Scholar, Cleric — And Conspirator?

Al-Jazeera America reporter Jamie Tarabay interviewed Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen in his home last spring. It was published in The Atlantic last August. Gulen is a Turkish spiritual leader to millions of Turks, both in Turkey and around the world, and the head of the Gulen movement. His network of followers spans the globe, and it has opened academically-focused schools in 90 countries, including the U.S. Robert Siegel speaks with Tarabay about the interview.
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As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City

Syria's civil war keeps getting more complicated. In the latest twist, fractious rebel groups have united to fight extremists linked to al-Qaida. Both sides oppose the Syrian government, but for now they are pointing their guns at each other and a nasty battle is taking place in the northern city of Raqqa.
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Germany's Merkel To Visit U.S. Amid Anger Over NSA Spying

The trip would mark a thawing of relations between the allies that were strained by reports the National Security Agency spied on the German chancellor. A German government spokesman said Wednesday Angela Merkel would visit Washington in the coming months.
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As Costs Soar, Who Will Pay For The Panama Canal's Expansion?

The canal is being widened to handle much larger ships. But after five years of building, the project is expected to cost at least $1.6 billion more than planned. The builders and the canal operators both say the other side should pay.
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Sing Along, Now: Rodman's 'Happy Birthday' For Kim Jong Un

The former NBA star leads a public rendition of the song for the North Korean leader, whom he describes as his "best friend for life."
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Where The Smokers Are Now: Bulgaria, Greece And Macedonia

While the proportion of the world's population that smokes has shrunk, the total number of smokers on the earth continues to rise. In 2012, nearly a billion people smoked daily, compared with 721 million in 1980.
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Ships Break Free In Antarctica, U.S. Icebreaker Not Needed

A Russian ship that had been taking scientists and passengers on an expedition got stuck. So did a Chinese icebreaker that tried to help. The U.S. Coast Guard sent its biggest icebreaker on a mission to help. But the ships have been able to get out on their own.
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Egypt's Coptic Christians Celebrate Christmas Amid Fear, Hope

Coptic Christians in Egypt celebrated their Christmas on Tuesday in an atmosphere of uncertainty. There were dozens of attacks on churches and Christian homes both during and after the tenure of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Coptic leaders publicly supported the military coup that ousted Morsi.
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Why One Expert Says Edward Snowden Deserves Clemency

As the courts decide whether the NSA practices revealed by the former contractor are constitutional, the court of public opinion considers what should become of him. David Greene talks to Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, about why she believes Snowden's actions were commendable.
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Despite Warning Signs, South Sudan's Violence Escalated Fast

The United States played a key role in helping South Sudan gain independence. But, U.S. diplomats are having a hard time helping the country emerge from internal political and ethnic violence.

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