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London Wants To Be A Center Of Islamic Finance. Why?

Prime Minister David Cameron says the U.K. could issue Islamic bonds as early as next year. The country is already the biggest Islamic finance center outside the Muslim world, and Islamic financing was used to build the Olympic Village. But most important, the sector is expected to grow threefold globally by 2017.
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It Wasn't Crack Toronto's Mayor Was Smoking, Lawyer Suggests

Mayor Rob Ford has been dogged by reports that he's seen smoking crack cocaine on a video that's now in the hands of police. On Friday, his lawyer challenged authorities to release the video and suggested it was something else — perhaps marijuana or tobacco — his client might have been smoking.
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World Headlines: It's Asia's Turn To Be Outraged Over Spying

Indonesia summoned the Australian ambassador over allegations Australian diplomatic posts, including the one in Jakarta, were used as part of the U.S. surveillance networks. Also, Germany becomes the first European country to effectively offer a third sex option for newborns.
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U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

The secretary of state's comments are the sharpest to date from a top Obama aide. He also said, though, that "innocent people are not being abused" and that the intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency has prevented terrorist attacks.
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Sorting Through Diverging Reports On Drone Strikes

Steve Inskeep talks with Shuja Nawaz of the Atlantic Council about recent news out of Pakistan about drones.
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U.S. Ambassador To China On Trying To Bridge Differences

Renee Montagne speaks with Gary Locke, U.S. ambassador to China, about U.S.-China relations and his efforts to bridge differences between the world's largest economies.
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Israeli Warplanes Reportedly Strike Russian Missiles In Syria

Officials in Tel Aviv have refused to comment on the reported attack at a Syrian airbase near the port city of Latakia.
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More Foreign Firms Look To Make It In The USA

Despite the Great Recession, slow recovery and political dysfunction in Washington, the United States remains a top destination for the world's wealth. The Obama administration is urging foreign business leaders to build more plants and offices in this country.
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Protesters Call For Justice In Brutal Gang-Rape In Kenya

The gang-rape of a 16-year-old schoolgirl has sparked outrage in the country and beyond. The attack was so violent it left the girl in a wheelchair. She identified several of her attackers, whom police captured but then released after their punishment: mowing the police station lawn.
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Syrian Civil War Rooted In Drought Years Before Fighting Began

Robert Siegel talks to William R. Polk about how a drought in Syria several years ago forced farmers and families into the cities and contributed to the tensions that led to a government crackdown that led to the uprising. He's the author of Violent Politics: Insurgency and Terrorism, Understanding Iraq and Understanding Iran and has written a piece on Syria.

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