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A Chemical Attack, And Now Food Shortages In Syrian Town

The beleaguered town of Ghouta made international headlines as the scene of a deadly chemical attack in August. Thousands of civilians still live in the rebel-held town, but government troops surround Ghouta with checkpoints that limit food and other supplies.
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Has The US Forgotten Egypt?

Political unrest in Egypt might seem low on the list of concerns for the U.S. government. But one commentator says the situation there needs to be dealt with swiftly. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Shadi Hamid, of the Brookings Doha Center, about the risks of forgetting Egypt.
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An Artist's Story Of The Arab Spring

Upheaval in countries like Egypt and Syria is often discussed in political terms, but how do artists see it? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about arts and the Arab Spring with Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi and Syrian-American doctor Dr. Zaher Sahloul.
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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, A 'Kingmaker' In Israeli Politics, Dies

The longtime spiritual leader of Sephardic Jews also was a founder of Shas, the ultra-Orthodox political party that has played crucial roles in governing coalitions.
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Bear Breaks Into Siberian Cottage Devours Pot Of Borscht

The bear had eaten all the borscht before the owners spotted him and called police. The culprit fled into the forest.
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U.S. Special Forces Operation In Libya Nabs Al-Qaida Suspect

The United States military struck twice over the weekend in Africa. Commando raids in Somalia and Libya targeted terrorists. The mission in Libya resulted in the capture of a top al-Qaida operative. He was a key figure in bombings of two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania back in 1998. The outcome in Somalia is not as clear.
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Deadly Street Battles Raged Across Egypt

More than 50 people are dead after security forces and Islamist protesters clashed. Supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and backers of the military that deposed him poured into the streets and turned on each other. Sunday's death toll was the highest on a single day since Aug. 14 when security forces raided two sit-in protest camps by Morsi supporters, killing hundreds.
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Political Crisis Keeps Obama From Asia-Pacific Summit

Leaders of Asia-Pacific countries are wrapping up an economic summit in Indonesia. Much of the talk in the region over the weekend focused on the event's big no show: President Obama. Because of the partial government shutdown in the U.S., the president decided to stay at home and monitor developments.
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Target Of U.S. Raid In Somalia Called A Top Attack Planner

A Kenyan intelligence official says that the "high-value terrorist leader" whose residence was targeted in a Navy SEAL raid was the senior al-Shabab leader Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, alias Ikrima. Ikrima is a Kenyan of Somali descent who boasts connections to both al-Shabab in Somalia and to a Kenyan jihadist group called al-Hijra.
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Violent Clashes Erupt In Egypt; At Least 51 Dead

In central Cairo, as well as other parts of Egypt, clashes broke out between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the military-backed government on Sunday.

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